Friday, November 16, 2012

USA Team to face Tonga

The USA Eagles lineup has been confirmed for today´s match agaisnt Tonga at Colwyn Bay, Wales. The lienup is a strong one with a notable exception: Chris Wyles. The Saracens fullback is the only change to the starting lineup that impressed seven days ago. The USA Eagles played positive rugby last Friday and came away with a good win over Russia. Tonga, in contrast were not able to win against Canada but did play a solid match. Italy had an experimental team but was able to hang on for victory. Tonga backed up after playing against the Italian by facing English second division side, the Newcastle Falcons and losing.

The match will of coutrse count towards IRB World Rankings but it will only have an impact on Tonga. The USA is yet to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015 and, as such, it does not matter at all how high or low the team is ranked. Tonga, in contrast has qualified. It did so by virtue of finsihing third in Pool A of Rugby World Cup 2011 behind New Zealand and France. It is currently ranked 12th in the world but is unlikely to improve in time and is certainly not going to recieve sufficient rankings points to climb from Band 3 to Band 2 for the draw for England 2015.

USA Eagles
Shawn Pittman, 2 Chris Biller, 3 Eric Fry
(Dublin University, IRL), (Unattached) (Manawatu, NZL)
Bryan Doyle, 5 Louis Stanfill
(Stade Français, FRA), (Vicenza Rangers, ITA)
Scott LaValla, 8 Todd Clever, 7 John Quill

(Stade Français, FRA), (NTT Shining Arcs, JAP), (Boston RFC, USA)

Robbie Shaw, 10 Toby L´Estrange
(Richmond, ENG), (New York AC, USA)
12 Andrew Suniula, 13 Paul Emerick
(Chicago Griffins, USA), (London Wasps, ENG)
11 Luke Hume, 15 Zach Pangelinan, 14 Cornelius Dirksen
(Old Blue RFC, USA), (Old Mission Beach, USA), (Life University, USA)

16 Derek Asbun (Rosslyn Park, ENG)
17 Nick Wallace (St. Mary´s Gaels, USA)
18 Zach Fenoglio (Glendale Raptors, USA)
19 Iñaki Basauri (Tarbes, FRA)
20 Peter Dahl (Belmont Shore, USA)
21 Mike Petri (New York AC, USA)
22 Roland Suniula (Auch, FRA)
23 Gearoid McDonald (Old Belvedere, IRL)

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