USA Eagles select training squad

USA Eagles select training squad

With the USA Men’s Eagles returning to assembly on July 16th, Interim Head Coach and General Manager Scott Lawrence has selected 33 names to gather in Charlotte, NC for a preparatory camp ahead of the upcoming August tour. Of the players invited, 18 are uncapped at the senior international level, with 14 venturing to their first Men’s Eagles camp. Marking the official beginning of the program’s journey to Rugby World Cup 2027, Lawrence has put a focus on development and identification during this training camp and tour. With the August tour scheduled against three teams within seven positions of the USA on the World Rugby rankings, the three-match series will set a quality stage for the prospective new players. 30 of the Charlotte camp invites will be selected to the traveling squad departing for Romania at the end of the two-week camp.

Scott Lawrence said on the camp invites, “We’re looking forward to bringing some fresh faces into this learning environment where the Eagles will face some very good teams who are fully loaded with maximum time together preparing for the World Cup. The senior players who will mentor and lead the team are committed Eagles who we believe will feed off the energy of competition and excitement of their new teammates and will serve the team in expanded roles throughout the campaign. Our expectation is that by August 21st we will have identified a group who love the pressure of the test environment, work hard for each other and bring energy to a distinctly American game plan. This is the single biggest challenge I’ve been a part of in our national teams and the collective staff are excited to take the challenge head on with this group.”

Pending club availability, squad Captain AJ MacGinty is hopeful to join for the August tour.

USA Men’s Eagles Camp Roster | Summer 2023

Name Position Club Caps
Jake Turnbull Loosehead Prop Seattle Seawolves Yet to debut
Jack Iscaro Loosehead Prop Old Glory DC 2
Nate Sylvia Loosehead Prop San Diego Legion 3
Dylan Fawsitt Hooker New York Ironworkers 22
Shilo Klein Hooker San Diego Legion Yet to debut
Joe Taufete'e Hooker Houston SaberCats 35
Paul Mullen Tighthead Prop Utah Warriors 30
Takaji Young Yen Tighthead Prop Utah Warriors Yet to debut
Kaleb Geiger Tighthead Prop New York Ironworkers Yet to debut
Mason Pedersen Tighthead Prop Seattle Seawolves Yet to debut
Greg Peterson Lock Unattached 39
Cam Dolan Lock NOLA Gold 63
Sam Golla Lock Dallas Jackals Yet to debut
Ben Mitchell Lock Seattle Seawolves Yet to debut
Nate Brakeley Lock New York Ironworkers 30
Collin Grosse Backrow Old Glory DC Yet to debut
Paddy Ryan Backrow Coventry England Yet to debut
Thomas Tu'avao Backrow Utah Warriors Yet to debut
Luke White Backrow Chicago Hounds Yet to debut
Nick McCarthy Scrumhalf Leinster Yet to debut
Ruben De Haas Scrumhalf Unattached 28
Luke Carty Flyhalf Chicago Hounds 10
Duncan Van Schalkwyk Flyhalf Rugby ATL Yet to debut
Tommaso Boni Center Zebra (ITA) Yet to debut
Mika Kruse Center Utah Warriors 5
Tavite Lopeti Center Seattle Seawolves 7
Lauina Futi Wing Seattle Seawolves Yet to debut
Joe Mano Wing Utah Warriors Yet to debut
Nate Augspurger Wing San Diego Legion 36
Christian Dyer Wing Houston SaberCats 11
Mitch Wilson Fullback New England FreeJacks 3
Chris Mattina Fullback Chicago Hounds Yet to debut
Line Latu Fullback American Raptors Yet to debut

USA Men’s Eagles Reserves | Summer 2023

Name Position Club
Faka'osi Pifeleti Loosehead Prop San Diego Legion
Alex Maughan Loosehead Prop Rugby ATL
Peter Malcolm Hooker Seattle Seawolves
Angus McClellan Tighthead Prop Utah Warriors
Pono Davis Tighthead Prop Houston SaberCats
Siaosi Mahoni Lock Houston SaberCats
Viliami Helu Backrow Rugby ATL
Bailey Wilson Backrow Utah Warriors
Keni Nasoqeqe Backrow Houston SaberCats
Michael Baska Scrumhalf Chicago Hounds
Ryan Rees Scrumhalf Rugby ATL
Aki Pulu Center American Raptors
Dominic Akina Center Houston SaberCats
Martin Iosefo Wing Seattle Seawolves
Logan Tago Wing Utah Warriors

Men's Eagles pool players with European club duties and notables currently recovering from injury include Ben Bonasso, Ben Landry, Bryce Campbell, Chance Wenglewski, Connor Mooneyham, Cory Daniel, David Ainu'u, Devin Short, Hanco Germishuys, Jamason Fa'anana-Schultz, Jason Damm, Kapeli Pifeleti, Mike Dabulas, Mike Sosene-Feagai, Paul Lasike and Tesimoni Tonga'uiha.

2023 USA Men’s Eagles Staff

Head Coach | Scott Lawrence

Assistant Coach - Attack | Alama Ieremia

Assistant Coach - Forwards and Defense | Nick Easter

Assistant Coach - Scrum | Blake Bradford

Head of Athlete Performance | Alex Ross

Individual Skill Development | Elvis Seveali’i

Head Analyst | Jimmy Harrison

Technical Adviser | Grant Keenan

Head Physiotherapist | Kristen Douhan

Assistant ATC | Ron Klingensmith

Assistant ATC | Deanna Sisti

Sports Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz

Sam Akhavan | Team Doctor

Abigail Hamilton | Team Doctor

Team Manager | Oscar Alvarez

2023 USA Men’s Eagles Schedule

Aug 5 | USA vs Romania | Bucharest, ROM

Aug 12 | USA vs Portugal | Algarve, POR

Aug 19 | USA vs Georgia | Tbilisi, GEO

Sep 17 | USA vs Stade Toulousain | Salt Lake City, UT

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