USA Rugby World Cup Squad
The USA is among the 20 nations involved, the US qualified by beating Canada with an aggregate score of 80-44 in a two-match play-off. USA Men’s team head coach is Gary Gold and the team is nicknamed The Eagles. The 50-man preliminary training squad named on 12 June will give the 31-man final list of players who will travel to Japan. The head coach will make his final selection based on the training in Colorado where they have camped and the performance on the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup.
The preliminary training squad has 50 players and they are listed accompanied by their playing position in brackets.
Blaine Scully (Wing), Lou Stanfill (Lock), David Ainuu (Prop), Malon Al Jiboori (Flanker) Nate Augspurger (Scrumhalf / Wing), Marcel Brache (Wing), Nate Brakeley (Lock), Bryce Campbell (Center), Ben Cima (Flyhalf), Nick Civetta (Lock), Shaun Davies (Scrumhalf), Jamason Fa’anana Shultz (Flanker) Ross Deacon (No. 8), Ruben de Haas (Scrumhalf), Cam Dolan (No. 8), Dylan Fawsitt (Hooker), Mikey Sosene-Feagai (Hooker), Eric Fry (Prop), Hanco Germishuys (Flanker), Riekert Hattingh (No. 8), James Hilterbrand (Hooker), Will Hooley (Fullback), Madison Hughes (Fullback), Martin Iosefo (Center), Olive Kilifi (Prop), Tony Lamborn (Flanker), Titi Lamositele (Prop), Ben Landry (Lock/Flanker), Paul Lasike (Center), AJ MacGinty (Flyhalf), Will Magie (Flyhalf), Siaosi Mahoni (Lock), Samu Manoa (Lock), Ryan Matyas (Wing), Tim Maupin (Wing), Gannon Moore (Wing), Paul Mullen (Prop), Thretton Palamo (Center), Greg Peterson (Lock), Mike Petri (Scrumhalf), Kapeli Pifeleti (Hooker), Ben Pinkelman (Flanker), John Quill (Flanker), Paddy Ryan (Prop), Tevita Tameilau (Lock / Back row), Joe Taufete’e (Hooker), Mike Te’o (Wing), Dino Waldren (Prop), Chance Wenglewski (Prop) and Psalm Wooching (Flanker)
USA team schedule fixtures
The Pacific Nations Cup held in Fiji will be good for the preparation of the team; the first match they face Canada on July 27. Other matches of the Pacific Nations Cup will be against Samoa and Japan. They will play against Samoa on August 3rd and the last match against Japan on the 10th of August. The performance on this cup will be important for the naming of the 31-man final list.
In the World Cup, the Eagles are in Pool C. The other nations in Pool C include France, England, Argentina, and Tonga. The first match for the Eagles is on September 26, 2019, at 12:45 pm EAT against England. The second match is on October 2, 2019, at 10: 45 am EAT against France. Match three is against Argentina on October 9, 2019, at 7:45 am EAT. The last match of Pool C will be against Tonga on October 13, 2019, at 8:45 am EAT.
Among the 50 players in the preliminary squad Jamason Fa’anana Shultz, Riekert Hattingh and Ross Deacon are debutants for the national team. Since the announcement of the 50-man squad, Samu Manoa the Men’s National Team 15s player retired from international rugby so he will not make the final squad.