Eagles react to LaValla injury

Originally named to the 31-player U.S. roster for Rugby World Cup 2015, international forward Scott LaValla was replaced by fellow American Matt Trouville in the squad Thursday due to a fractured elbow.

LaValla was set to appear in his second World Cup, five years after his Eagles debut and eight years following his stint as captain of the AIG Men's Junior All-Americans at the 2008 World Rugby Under 20 Championship.

Having then gone overseas at a young age to study and play rugby at Trinity College in Dublin, the Olympia, Wash., native quickly found a place on the international scene with Stade Francais in France's Top 14, helping the club win the 2014-15 league championship.

In 33 international appearances for the U.S., LaValla scored one try and was part of 12 victories, including two in 2015.

"Scott has been a fantastic Eagle and has done so much to raise the level of play of the Eagles program," Head Coach Mike Tolkin said. "He has represented the national team with pride and distinction from age-grade through to the senior level.

"All of the players and staff feel for Scott, and our hearts go out to him during this unfortunate turn of events."

"Scott LaValla's involvement in this team is nothing short of invaluable," Eagle Louis Stanfill said. "On top of being one of our top performers, he brought a level of professionalism, energy, and leadership that fueled this team to be better both on and off the field; from the bottom of the roster to the top. He holds his quality of play to a standard that is near perfection, but a standard that he expected himself to attain from training to games, and that mentality has helped us to push each other and the team culture to gain that winning edge.

"It is with great pain and grief that this injury occurred so close to such a great sporting event, and also during a time when our men's national team has been working day and night to put our best foot forward, and has been doing so in the right direction. Scott has been all in since he first started with the national team, and his legacy will help to carry us to continue a winning tradition as the USA men's national team."