Rugby World Cup 2015 squad announced

UPDATE: USA Eagle Scott LaValla will miss Rugby World Cup 2015 due to injury. He will be replaced by Matt Trouville in the 31-man Rugby World Cup roster.

CHICAGO - The 31-man USA team for Rugby World Cup 2015 England has been announced.

Captain Chris Wyles will lead 20 World Cup debutants in Pool B matches against Japan, Samoa, Scotland, and South Africa at Kingsholm, Brighton Community Stadium, Elland Road, and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, respectively. While more than two million tickets have been sold to the world's largest celebration of rugby, tickets are still available through the Rugby World Cup website.

The team selected for the trip across the Atlantic Ocean is the same as the squad chosen for the three pre-World Cup matches, which included a third-consecutive defeat of Canada. Additionally, 13 players have professional contracts overseas.

"In terms of Rugby World Cup experience, yes, this is a relatively inexperienced group," Tolkin said. "However, while the Rugby World Cup is a whole different kettle of fish, many of these players do have a fair bit of international play under their belts since 2011."

Wyles led the U.S. in scoring at the 2011 event in New Zealand with 18 points, including all of the team's points in a 27-10 loss to Italy. Along with their captain, Mike Petri, Mate Moeakiola, Taku Ngwenya, and Louis Stanfill will appear in their third World Cups.

Among those making their debuts is Toulon's Samu Manoa, who earned his first international cap in November 2010. His then-new contract with Northampton Saints of the Aviva Premiership caused him to miss Rugby World Cup 2011.

Though Manoa has only appeared for the U.S. once so far in 2015, many of the players will have played 10 matches against international competition by Rugby World Cup kickoff. Chris Baumann, Zach Fenoglio, Seamus Kelly, Olive Kilifi, Niku Kruger, Al McFarland, AJ MacGinty, John Quill, Stanfill, Shalom Suniula, and Phil Thiel gained continuity during a three-match tour of South America as the USA Rugby Selects, and 29 members of the squad that defeated Japan and Canada in the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup will travel to England.

"It's good that we're operating from a base where those domestic guys went to Argentina and Uruguay and did well, got game time, then were joined by some of the professionals who added a bit more depth and professionalism to the squad," Tolkin said. "Samu is just another layer there.

"The guys feel confident playing without him, but he brings a great deal of impact to the side. He's a natural leader; he's a great ballplayer. Samu's been waiting to play in the World Cup for four years, so I know he's really thrilled at the prospect."

The Eagles have hosted three of their Pool B opponents - Japan, Scotland, and Samoa - in the United States in 2014 and 2015. The team will get a second chance at a victory against Samoa Sept. 20 in the nations' opening Rugby World Cup 2015 matches.

Each of the U.S.'s four pool matches will be broadcast live on Universal Sports, while all 48 matches of Rugby World Cup 2015 will be available on a pay-per-view basis.

Men's Eagles | Rugby World Cup 2015

Danny Barrett - Men's Eagles Sevens

Chris Baumann - Santa Monica RC

Cameron Dolan - Cardiff Blues (Wales)

Andrew Durutalo - Men's Eagles Sevens

Zach Fenoglio - Glendale Raptors RFC

Eric Fry - Newcastle Falcons (England)

Seamus Kelly - San Francisco Golden Gate RFC

Olive Kilifi - Seattle Saracens RC

Niku Kruger - Glendale Raptors RFC

Titi Lamositele - Saracens FC (England)

AJ MacGinty - Life Rugby

Samu Manoa - RC Toulonnais (France)

Al McFarland - NYAC

Matekitonga Moeakiola - Castenet (France)

Takudzwa Ngwenya - Biarritz Olympique (France)

Folau Niua - Men's Eagles Sevens

Thretton Palamo - London Welsh RFC (England)

Greg Peterson - Glasgow Warriors (Scotland)

Mike Petri - NYAC

John Quill - NYAC

Blaine Scully (Vice Captain) - Cardiff Blues (Wales)

Hayden Smith - Saracens FC (England)

Louis Stanfill - Seattle Saracens RC

Andrew Suniula - CSM Bucuresti (Romania)

Shalom Suniula - Seattle Saracens RC

Joseph Taufete'e - Belmont Shore RFC

Zack Test - Men's Eagles Sevens

Phil Thiel - Life Rugby

Brett Thompson - Men's Eagles Sevens

Matt Trouville - Seattle Saracens RC

Chris Wyles (Captain) - Saracens FC (England)

Men's Eagles | Rugby World Cup 2015 Staff

Mike Tolkin - Head Coach

Justin Fitzpatrick - Assistant Coach (Forwards)

Nate Osborne - Assistant Coach (Backs/Attack)

Phil Bailey - Assistant Coach (Defence)

David Williams - Strength and Conditioning Coach

Chris O'Brien - Assistant Coach (Video Analyst)

Paul Goulding - Video Analyst

Richard Quincy - Physiotherapist

Zach Vyhnanek - Physiotherapist

Sarah Sall - Massage Therapist

Matt Schmitz - Doctor (Samoa/Scotland)

Sam Akhavan - Doctor (South Africa/Japan)

Brad Norris - Doctor (South Africa)

Steve Durant - Sports Psychologist

Matt McCarthy - Media Manager

Kevin Battle - Assistant Team Manager

Tristan Lewis - Team Manager

Men's Eagles | Rugby World Cup 2015

v. Samoa - Sunday, Sept. 20 - 7 a.m. ET

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