Eagles looking to overcome 18-point deficit in Toronto
“We’re all pretty proud characters and we’re going to be putting in everything we have into this next game."
TORONTO, Ontario – Men’s Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin has released the 23-man roster for Saturday’s second leg of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Qualifier against Canada at BMO Field.
One of the changes following last weekend’s 9-27 loss to the northern neighbors is Chris Wyles moving to outside center and Blaine Scully replacing the Saracens star at fullback. Luke Hume returns to the squad to partner Takudzwa Ngwenya on the wing.
Robbie Shaw will earn his 11th cap and first start since the IRB Pacific Nations Cup match against Fiji in Japan in June. Shaw started in place of an injured Mike Petri against Canada in the Pacific Nations Cup match in May and will fill in for the New York Athletic Club scrumhalf this Saturday.
Todd Clever will captain the Eagles in his 52nd international cap and Brian Doyle will start at lock. Samu Manoa, who played the position in Charleston last weekend, has returned to Aviva Premiership’s Northampton for the upcoming English season.
In the two matches against Canada this year, Wyles has accounted for the Eagles’ 18 points with six penalty goals. The Eagles will need to win by at least 19 points in Toronto to qualify as Americas 1 for the 2015 Rugby World Cup England. Should the Eagles accomplish the goal, they will be placed in a pool with France, Ireland, Italy, and the Europe 2 qualifier.
Should the Eagles win by less than 19, draw, or lose to the Maple Leafs, they will have to participate in another two-leg series with NACRA champion Uruguay in 2014.
“We’re all pretty proud characters and we’re going to be putting in everything we have into this next game,” Wyles said after the first-leg loss in front of a sold out crowd at Blackbaud Stadium. “That’s for sure.”
Men’s Eagles | v. Canada
1. Shawn Pittman
2. Chris Biller
3. Eric Fry
4. Louis Stanfill
5. Brian Doyle
6. Scott LaValla
7. Peter Dahl
8. Todd Clever (C)
9. Robbie Shaw
10. Toby L'Estrange
11. Luke Hume
12. Andrew Suniula
13. Chris Wyles
14. Takudzwa Ngwenya
15. Blaine Scully
Men's Eagles | v. Canada
Saturday, August 24 | 4:00 P.M. ET | BMO Field | Toronto, Ontario