Men’s National Team Releases Full Updater Roster for November Internationals 2018

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Men’s National Team Releases Full Updater Roster for November Internationals 2018 
Final 38 man squad is Announced


CHICAGO, IL – The U.S. Men’s National Team (15s) has been named for the upcoming November Internationals 2018. In all, players will have the opportunity to represent the U.S. across the span of four international fixtures against New Zealand’s Maori All Blacks, Samoa, Romania and Ireland.

Joining the team straight from competition in the developmental Americas Pacific Challenge (APC) 2018 are Men’s Eagles Hanco Germishuys, Ryan Matyas and Dylan Audsley. Both Germishuys and Audsley competed with the USA during their June Internationals while Matyas springs back into action for the first time since the Eagles won their second-consecutive Americas Rugby Championship title this March.

The APC 2018 has allowed all three players to return to their senior side battle-hardened and primed for more international play. Matyas and Audsley specifically contributed a combined 48 total points to the Selects across the duration of the tournament.

Newly capped Eagle Paul Mullen comes back into the fold after absorbing the best of professional competition abroad during his Major League Rugby offseason. After earning the first of his three caps during this year’s summer test window, Mullen gained valuable experience competing with the Newcastle Falcons of the Gallagher Rugby Premiership.

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Tony Lamborn

A burst of physicality will grace the Men’s Eagles’ this November as David Tameilau and Tony Lamborn return to the back row. Both last appeared at the Americas Rugby Championship 2018.

Five of the athletes in the named roster will miss the United States’ opening match against the Maori due to obligations with their professional clubs overseas. Paul Lasike, Titi Lamositele, Samu Manoa, Joe Taufete’e and Blaine Scully will all join the Men’s Eagles in Europe, available for selection against Samoa, Romania and Ireland.

The intial roster was updated shortly after its release with 10 additions to complete it out to 38 man squad for the 4 game tour. The additions include 2018 Collegiate All-Americans Chance Wenglewski and Alex Maughan, Tim Maupin, Psalm Wooching, Luke Hume, Marcel Brache and Gannon Moore. Olive Kilifi who was named in the original roster will be out due to injury.

Wenglewski, Maughan, Maupin and Wooching all recently competed with the Men’s Selects for the Americas Pacific Challenge 2018. Brache was with the Men’s Eagles for their June upset over then No. 6 Scotland and Hume last played with the Eagles in June of 2016. Moore and Wenglewski have not yet been capped with the Men’s National Team.

Although stalwart fly-half  AJ MacGinty was made unavailable, of the final three players added, none were fly-halves as it appears Head Coach Gary Gold is satisfied with the other options that he already selected. The three additions are Anthony Purpura, Nate Brakeley and Mika Kruse.

We are excited to test our roster depth against a New Zealand Maori team that has Super Rugby and All Blacks players,” said USA Rugby’s General Manager for Men’s 15s Programs, Dave Hodges. “This is an opportunity for us to give some of our emerging squad players a chance to help the team put in a strong performance as we dive deep into World Cup preparation. We’ll need to be unyielding in our play for the duration of the schedule, facing three formidable matches against Samoa, Romania and No. 2 ranked Ireland.”

The Fall schedule will bring an important preparation window for all players vying to compete in Rugby World Cup Japan 2019. Samoa and Ireland have both qualified for the World Cup while New Zealand’s Maori will use the match window to explore the depth of their senior All Blacks.

USA opens their schedule at home on Nov. 3 against the Maori All Blacks as part of The Rugby Weekend’s triple-header at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The event will also include the return of the Women’s National Team against the New Zealand Black Ferns, with Ireland and Italy competing against one another as well. Tickets are available at therugbyweekend.com with the match streamed LIVE on FloRugby.

Following the Maori, the Men’s National Team will travel to Europe for a string of test matches against Samoa on Nov. 10 in San Sebastian, Romania on Nov. 17 in Bucharest and Ireland on Nov. 24 in Dublin. Broadcast info will be updated closer to date.

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U.S. Men’s National Team Roster

Player name Position Current Club Caps
Dylan Audsley Center San Diego Legion 6
Nate Augspurger Wing San Diego Legion 21
Marcel Brache Wing Western Force/Perth Spirit (AUS) 10
Nate Brakeley Lock Rugby United New York / New York Athletic 16
Bryce Campbell Center London Irish (ENG) 18
Nick Civetta Lock Doncaster Knights (ENG) 15
Shaun Davies Scrumhalf Glendale Raptors 18
Ruben de Haas Scrumhalf Free State Cheetahs (RSA) 4
Cam Dolan No. 8 Nottingham Rugby (ENG) 37
Dylan Fawsitt Hooker Old Blue New York/Rugby United New York 5
Eric Fry Prop Vannes Rugby (FRA) 44
Hanco Germishuys Flanker unattached 8
James Hilterbrand Hooker Manly Marlins (AUS) 16
Will Hooley Fullback Bedford Blues (ENG) 4
Luke Hume Fullback Old Blue New York/Rugby United New York 20
Mika Kruse Center Glendale Raptors 0
Tony Lamborn Flanker Rugby Southland (NZL) 16
Titi Lamositele Prop Saracens (ENG) 23
Ben Landry Lock Ealing Trailfinders (ENG) 15
Paul Lasike Center Harlequins (ENG) 6
Will Magie Flyhalf Glendale Raptors 16
Alex Maughan Hooker Life University 1
Tim Maupin Wing NOLA Gold 7
Samu Manoa Lock Cardiff Blues (WAL) 21
Ryan Matyas Wing San Diego Legion 10
Gannon Moore Center North Harbor Rugby 0
Paul Mullen Prop Newcastle Falcons (ENG) 3
Greg Peterson Lock Glasgow Warriors (SCO) 17
Anthony Purpura Prop Old Blue New York 11
John Quill Flanker Glendale Raptors 27
Blaine Scully Wing Cardiff Blues (WAL) 40
Joe Taufete’e Hooker Worcester Warriors (ENG) 16
David Tameilau Flanker Glasgow Warriors (SCO) 9
Dino Waldren Prop London Scottish (ENG) 12
Chance Wenglewski Prop Lindenwood University 0
Psalm Wooching Flanker unattached 3

U.S. Men’s National Team Staff
Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach | Shawn Pittman
Assistant Coach | Greg McWilliams
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Team Doctor | Angelo Savino (Maori All Blacks)
Team Doctor | Matthew Schmitz (Samoa)
Team Doctor | Richard Kim (Romania & Ireland)
Massage Therapist | Aimee Kern (Maori)
Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz (Samoa, Romania & Ireland)
Team Manager | Chris Hanson
Assistant Team Manager | Kevin McCorry

U.S. Men’s National Team Schedule
The Rugby Weekend
vs Maori All Blacks
Sat, Nov. 3 | 6 PM CT
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

vs Samoa
Sat, Nov. 10 | 12:30 PM ET
Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian, ESP

vs Romania
Sat, Nov. 17 | Time TBA
Ghencea Stadium, Bucharest, ROU

vs Ireland
Sat, Nov. 24 | 1:30 PM ET
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, IRE

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