Leeds welcomes Eagles for second Rugby World Cup 2015 match

LEEDS, England - USA Men's Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin has made one change to the starting XV that opened Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B play against Samoa for Sunday's match against Scotland.

Scotland defeated Japan Wednesday to move to the top the pool ahead of the encounter at Elland Road. Scheduled for a 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff Sept. 27, the match is the Eagles' second against Scotland in 15 months, having dropped a test in Houston in 2014.

Try-scorer in the loss to Samoa, captain Chris Wyles resumes his role at full back following two consecutive matches on the wing, moving Blaine Scully to the touch line opposite Taku Ngwenya.

Phil Thiel gets the start at hooker, replacing Zach Fenoglio, who helped provide a stable scrum for 50 minutes at the weekend. Chris Baumann scored his first international try in front of a pro-U.S. crowd at Brighton Community Stadium, and will be available as front row cover alongside Fenoglio and Olive Kilifi.

"The scrum was once again a good platform of attack and the lineout had a few hiccups, which was unfortunate as it cost us on four occasions [against Samoa]," Tolkin said. "Fenoglio's logged a lot of minutes as starter [throughout the summer] and Thiel is a little fresher.

"They are both very good and virtually even, so we thought this was a good time to get Phil in as a starter and have Zach add punch in off the bench."

The big bodies of Danny Barrett, Cam Dolan, and John Quill also provide Tolkin with options from the bench, while the creativeness of Folau Niua and Shalom Suniula could open a tired Scotland defense.

The two-try output against Samoa bests the previous matchup in San Jose earlier this summer, but the Eagles were unable to dot down for a five-pointer last year against their upcoming opponent.

Wyles kicked two penalties as the humid Texas heat kept a fluid attack from forming throughout the match. For the victors, scrum half and captain Greig Laidlaw converted all three Scotland tries and successfully kicked a penalty goal.

"We have the capability to do some dynamic things with ball in hand, with both power and pace," Tolkin said. "We'd like to be able to make this a more consistent, potent weapon. Scotland, like everyone, has weaknesses and we need to exploit them effectively with both of those tools.

"Last summer, we played them first up in the test series with many players who had not played much rugby prior to that match, so we didn't have attacking rhythm and confidence, which we showed more of in the next two matches."

Universal Sports will provide the high-definition broadcast coverage of Sunday's match beginning at 9 a.m. ET. Match coverage can also be found on Twitter via @USARugby.

Men's Eagles | v. Scotland

1. Eric Fry

2. Phil Thiel

3. Titi Lamositele

4. Hayden Smith

5. Greg Peterson

6. Al McFarland

7. Andrew Durutalo

8. Samu Manoa

9. Mike Petri

10. AJ MacGinty

11. Blaine Scully

12. Thretton Palamo

13. Seamus Kelly

14. Takudzwa Ngwenya

15. Chris Wyles(C)

Men's Eagles | Reserves

16. Zach Fenoglio

17. Olive Kilifi

18. Chris Baumann

19. Cameron Dolan

20. John Quill

21. Danny Barrett

22. Shalom Suniula

23. Folau Niua

Scotland | v. USA

1. Ryan Grant

2. Fraser Brown

3. Jon Welsh

4. Richie Gray

5. Grant Gilchrist

6. Alasdair Strokosch

7. John Hardie

8. Josh Strauss

9. Henry Pyrgos (C)

10. Finn Russell

11. Tim Visser

12. Peter Horne

13. Mark Bennet

14. Sean Maitland

15. Stuart Hogg

Scotland | Reserves

16. Ross Ford

17. Alasdair Dickinson

18. Willem Nel

19. Tim Swinson

20. Ryan Wilson

21. Greig Laidlaw

22. Duncan Weir

23. Matt Scott

Men's Eagles | Rugby World Cup 2015

v. Samoa - L 25-16

v. Scotland - Sunday, Sept. 27 - 9:30 a.m. ET

v. South Africa - Wednesday, Oct. 7 - noon ET

v. Japan - Sunday, Oct. 11 - 3 p.m. ET

"We have the capability to do some dynamic things with ball in hand, with both power and pace."