USA Rugby Men’s Selects Named for Battle With Uruguay XV

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MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY – The USA Rugby Men’s Selects are set for the second match of the Americas Pacific Challenge (APC) 2018 against Uruguay XV this Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 12:30 PM

With five changes to the starting lineup and four days to regroup, Head Coach Scott Lawrence and his team are in position to build on the positives from their last performance and reduce the defensive mistakes which led to a 39-30 loss to Tonga A.

USA Rugby Men’s Selects named for battle with Uruguay XV, Rugby_Wrap_Up

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The starting group selected will feature all three point scorers from the Selects’ aforementioned matchup with Tonga. Dylan Audsley and Tim Maupin will both return to their starting positions, while Brendan Daly shifts to lock and Vili Toluta’u takes his place at flanker. Audsley’s skillful kicking accounted for half of the Selects’ total points in Game One, with Maupin, Daly and Toluta’u tries banking in the other 15 points.

With Daly in at lock and Toluta’au in at flanker, Taylor Krumrei goes to the bench and Hanco Germishuys will wear the No. 8 jersey.

Captain Conor Kearns will slot into the fullback position, allowing JP Eloff to get the start at flyhalf and placing Mitch Wilson with the reserves. Ryan Matyas will suit up at wing for Mika Kruse and Devereaux Ferris will takeover at scrumhalf for Nick Boyer.

Alongside the five changes to starting XV, Cam Falcon, Thomas Robles and Holden Yungert will all have an opportunity to get their first taste in the Americas Pacific Challenge.

Sometimes we need to be grateful for losses as they bring us back to focus on the simple things that can bring us results,” said Head Coach Scott Lawrence.  

As a whole, the Men’s Selects showed promise in their opening game against Tonga A. The U.S. side displayed an early strength at the set piece, claimed multiple turnovers and continued to threaten until the final minutes of the game. Though penalties were an ultimate detriment, the adjustments made to the starting lineup, coupled with the four days of recuperation and focus give the United States every opportunity to make a blistering comeback against Uruguay XV.

The match kicks off at 12:30 PM ET, LIVE on FloRugby.

Men’s Selects Starting Roster | vs Uruguay XV

Player Name

Position

Current Club

Points Scored in Americas Pacific Challenge 2018

1. Chance Wenglewski

Prop

Lindenwood University

2. Alex Maughan

Hooker

Life University

3. John Hayden

Prop

unattached

4. Brendan Daly

Lock

San Francisco Golden Gate

Try vs Tonga A

5. Nate Brakeley

Lock

New York Athletic /Rugby United New York

6. Psalm Wooching

Flanker

unattached

7. Vili Toluta’u

Flanker

Seattle Seawolves

Try vs Tonga A

8. Hanco Germishuys

No. 8

Austin Elite

9. Devereaux Ferris

Scrumhalf

Life West Gladiators

10. JP Eloff

Flyhalf

NOLA Gold

11. Ryan Matyas

Wing

San Diego Legion

12. Anthony Salaber

Center

San Diego Legion

13. Dylan Audsley

Center

San Diego Legion

Conversions vs Tonga A (3)

Penalties vs Tonga A (3)

14. Tim Maupin

Wing

NOLA Gold

Try vs Tonga A

Men’s Selects Reserves

Player name

Position

Current Club

Points Scored in Americas Pacific Challenge 2018

16. Pat O’Toole

Reserve

unattached

17. Angus MacLellan

Reserve

Utah Warriors

18. Cam Falcon

Reserve

NOLA Gold

19. Taylor Krumrei

Reserve

Seattle Seawolves

20. Matt Jensen

Reserve

Utah Warriors

21. Thomas Robles

Reserve

unattached

22. Holden Yungert

Reserve

NOLA Gold

23. Mitch Wilson

Reserve

Life University

USA Men’s Selects Staff

Head Coach | Scott Lawrence

Assistant Coach | David Williams

Assistant Coach | Scott Murray

Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan

Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison

Team Doctor | Marc Kowalsky

Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng

Assistant Athletic Trainer | Santiago Aguirre

Team Manager & Operations | Kevin McCorry II

Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 Schedule

Montevideo, Uruguay

vs Tonga A – 39-30 (L)

vs Uruguay XV

Wed, Oct. 10 – 12:30 PM ET

vs Argentina XV

Sun, Oct. 14 – 12:30 PM ET

*Schedule subject to change; all matches LIVE on FloRugby.

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