USA Name Training Squad for RWC2019: Expect Canada Announcement in July
The USA have named their training squad for the Rugby World Cup and the Pacific Nations Cup but don't expect Canada's announcement until July, that's the information we've received. Why might that be, for one the USA 7s and Canada 7s have divergent paths. USA have already qualified, Canada take part in the RAN tournament July 6-7, expect the announcement after that. What does that mean for the 7s players, are any of them in the XVs frame. Harry Jones, Nathan Hirayama, Adam Zaruba even Cole Davis and Connor Braid would be of interest.
The big question for Canada is the #10 selection. The status quo would say Pat Parfrey or Gordie McRorie, both players used recently. There's perhaps Shane O'Leary who played well in the UK Tier 2 leagues but didn't connect well for Canada when he got the starting role. There's young Canadian players like Theo Sauder and Grady Bowd who could do the job. It's a tough selection but based on Jones' recent policies McRorie and Parfrey would have to hold the lead at this time.
Two of the USA selections have played in the BC Premier league with the Seattle Saracens, both Olive Kilifi and Psalm Wooching have suited up for the Saracens.
We'll post the Canadian training squad when it's released. from USA Rugby
USA MEN’S EAGLES NAME PRELIMINARY TRAINING SQUAD FOR RUGBY WORLD CUP JAPAN 2019
With just 100 days to go until Rugby World Cup Japan 2019, the USA Men’s Eagles have named their preliminary 50-man training squad which includes 40 players who will assemble next week in preparation for the Pacific Nations Cup.
The preliminary training squad comprises a pool of players who will be considered for the final 31-man roster traveling to Japan in mid-September. Over the next several months, Head Coach Gary Gold and staff will use the upcoming camp in Colorado and Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) to make final selections.
Of the 50 players chosen, three are uncapped including Houston SaberCats’ Jamason Fa’anana Shultz, Seattle Seawolves’ Riekert Hattingh and Rugby United New York’s Ross Deacon.
Long-time Eagles Mike Petri, Lou Stanfill, Thretton Palamo and Ben Cima all have a chance to appear in the final World Cup squad having not played with the Men’s National Team in some time. Mikey Sosene-Feagai also joins the preliminary squad after earning four caps with the Eagles in 2016.
Similarly, three players from the USA Men’s Sevens who recently qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are named, including Eagles Sevens Captain Madison Hughes, Martin Iosefo and Ben Pinkelman.
General Manager of the Men’s National Team 15s Dave Hodges said: “We’re really looking forward to working with this group of men over the next several months as our staff make final preparations for Rugby World Cup. As Japan 2019 is set to be one of the most exciting and successful rugby events to do date, we as a program are heavily focused on improving upon our past World Cup performances, as a representation of the growth of rugby in the United States.
“While the weeks and months to follow will be filled with tireless work, I’m confident that our coaches and staff will prepare these men not only for the Rugby World Cup, but four crucial matchups ahead of that in the Pacific Nations Cup and our final test match with Canada in Vancouver.”
The U.S. Men’s National Team 15s will assemble next week in Colorado as the final stretch to Rugby World Cup begins. Beginning with the Pacific Nations Cup, the USA will face rival-Canada at Infinity Park in Glendale on July 27, followed by Samoa and Japan in Fiji on August 3 and 10, respectively.
One final test match between the U.S. and Canada will take place at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver on September 7. The Eagles will then head to Japan to face England, France, Argentina and Tonga in Pool C at Rugby World Cup 2019.
For tickets to see the Men’s Eagles face Canada in Glendale and Vancouver, visit usarugby.org/tickets.
For tickets to what promises to be the most popular Rugby World Cup to date and a full schedule, visit rugbyworldcup.com.
USA MEN'S EAGLES PRELIMINARY TRAINING SQUAD
RUGBY WORLD CUP JAPAN 2019
PLAYER NAME POSITION CLUB CAPS NOTES
David Ainuu Prop Toulouse (FRA) 5
Malon Al Jiboori Flanker Glendale Raptors 2
Nate Augspurger Scrumhalf / Wing San Diego Legion 21
Marcel Brache Wing Western Force (AUS) 16
Nate Brakeley Lock Rugby United New York 18
Bryce Campbell Center London Irish (ENG) 25
Ben Cima Flyhalf Seattle Seawolves 10 Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Nick Civetta Lock Doncaster Knights (ENG) 22
Shaun Davies Scrumhalf Glendale Raptors 22
Ross Deacon No. 8 Rugby United New York - Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Ruben de Haas Scrumhalf Free State Cheetahs 11
Cam Dolan No. 8 NOLA Gold 44
Dylan Fawsitt Hooker Rugby United New York 8
Mikey Sosene-Feagai Hooker Auckland (NZL) 4
Eric Fry Prop Vannes (FRA) 44
Hanco Germishuys Flanker Glendale Raptors 15
Riekert Hattingh No. 8 Seattle Seawolves Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
James Hilterbrand Hooker Manly Marlins (AUS) 18
Will Hooley Fullback Bedford Blues (ENG) 8
Madison Hughes Fullback USA Sevens 3
Martin Iosefo Center USA Sevens 3
Olive Kilifi Prop Seattle Seawolves 26
Tony Lamborn Flanker Melbourne Rebels (AUS) 18
Titi Lamositele Prop Saracens (ENG) 27
Ben Landry Lock/Flanker Ealing Trailfinders (ENG) 18
Paul Lasike Center Harlequins (ENG) 13
AJ MacGinty Flyhalf Sale Sharks (ENG) 21
Will Magie Flyhalf Glendale Raptors 23
Siaosi Mahoni Lock San Diego Legion 2 Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Samu Manoa Lock Seattle Seawolves 22
Ryan Matyas Wing San Diego Legion 12 Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Tim Maupin Wing NOLA Gold 9 Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Gannon Moore Wing Utah Warriors 3
Paul Mullen Prop Houston SaberCats 10
Thretton Palamo Center Houston SaberCats 17
Greg Peterson Lock Newcastle Falcons (ENG) 22
Mike Petri Scrumhalf Rugby United New York 57 Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Kapeli Pifeleti Hooker San Diego Legion 2
Ben Pinkelman Flanker USA Sevens -
John Quill Flanker Rugby United New York 33
Paddy Ryan Prop Rugby United New York 4
Blaine Scully Wing Unattached 46
Jamason Fa'anana Shultz Flanker Houston SaberCats -
Lou Stanfill Lock San Diego Legion 56 Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Tevita Tameilau Lock / Back row Glasgow Warriors (SCO) 15 Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Joe Taufete'e Hooker Worcester Warriors (ENG) 22
Mike Te'o Wing San Diego Legion 23
Dino Waldren Prop San Diego Legion 19 Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Chance Wenglewski Prop Rugby ATL 3
Psalm Wooching Flanker San Diego Legion 4
USA MEN’S EAGLES STAFF
General Manager | Dave Hodges
Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Set Piece | Shawn Pittman
Assistant Coach, Defense | Jaque Fourie
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Assistant S&C and Analyst | Tom Kindley
Team Doctor | Mark Sakr
Team Doctor | Sam Akhavan
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz
Team Manager | Chris Hanson
Assistant Team Manager | Mark Drown