Eagles name World Cup training squad
June 22, 2011
Highlanders winger James Paterson is in the Eagles' World Cup mix © Getty Images
USA Eagles head coach Eddie O'Sullivan has named a preliminary 50-man squad ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup.
The group includes the familiar names of Saracens duo Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith and Biarritz winger Taku Ngwenya, who all missed the recent Churchill Cup competition, and also fresh talent in the form of Highlanders winger and former U19s captain James Paterson.
"With the World Cup less than three months away we have put together an extended pool of players from which the final Eagles Squad of 30 players will emerge," said O'Sullivan, who must submit his World Cup squad by August 22.
O'Sullivan had an opportunity to watch half of this squad in the recent Churchill Cup competition that the saw the Eagles lose heavily to the England Saxons and Tonga before claiming the Bowl crown with a 32-25 victory over Russia - who they will meet again at the World Cup.
"The players who made the Churchill Cup Squad have the advantage of having been in camp together for the past three weeks," said O'Sullivan, "But there are players who missed the Churchill Cup for various reasons. With a busy July of fitness training ahead and three warm-up games in August, there will be plenty of opportunities for players to impress before we select the final RWC Squad near the end of August."
The Eagles will next assemble at the end of July, before taking on Canada on August 6 (BMO Field, Toronto, Canada) and August 13 (Infinity Park, Glendale, Colo.). The USA will then travel to Tokyo to play against Japan on August 21.
USA Eagles preliminary Rugby World Cup squad:
Forwards: Inaki Basauri (L' Aquila), Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate), Mark Bokhoven (Denver Barbarians), Ryan Chapman (Utah Warriors), Todd Clever (Suntory Sungoliath, Japan), Pat Danahy (Life University), Cameron Dolan (Life University), Eric Fry (Las Vegas Blackjacks), JJ Gagiano (Univ. of Cape Town), Matt Hawkins (Belmont Shore), Nic Johnson (Unattached), Will Johnson (London Irish), Tom Katzfey (New York Athletic Club), Danny LaPrevotte (San Francisco Golden Gate), Scott LaValla (Stade Francais), Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie), Samu Manoa (San Francisco Golden Gate), Brian McClenahan (Olympic Club), Mate Moeakiola (Bobigny 93), Alec Parker (Glendale), Shawn Pittman (London Welsh), Anthony Purpura (Boston Rugby), Hayden Smith (Saracens), Louis Stanfill (Mogliano), Phil Thiel (Life University), John van der Giessen (Utah Warriors)
Backs: Paul Emerick (Life University), Tai Enosa (Belmont Shore), Troy Hall (New York Athletic Club), Colin Hawley (Olympic Club), Nese Malifa (Glendale), Taku Ngwenya (Biarritz), Folau Niua (San Francisco Golden Gate), Thretton Palamo (University of Utah), Mike Palefau (Utah Warriors), James Paterson (Otago Highlanders, New Zealand), Mike Petri (New York Athletic Club), Volney Rouse (San Francisco Golden Gate), Blaine Scully (University of California - Berkeley), Robbie Shaw (Bristol Rugby), Junior Sifa (Nottingham RFC), Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins), Roland Suniula (Boston Rugby), Shalom Suniula (Unattached), Kevin Swiryn (Agen), Zack Test (Unattached), Pate Tuilevuka (Old Puget Sound Beach), Seta Tuilevuka (Montpellier), Tim Usasz (Nottingham RFC), Chris Wyles (Saracens)
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