Reinforcements arrive in Houston for Eagles' Americas Rugby Championship assembly

HOUSTON - The USA Men's Eagles' assembly for their Americas Rugby Championship match against Canada has been bolstered by the additions of Nate Brakeley, Aaron Davis, and Cameron Falcon in Texas, USA Rugby announced.

Injuries to SFGG Rhinos' Bruce Thomas and Seattle Saracens' Matt Trouville, and the absence of Titi Lamositele due to fewer available front-rowers at Saracens in England, necessitated the call-ups to the national team for the two All-Americans and football crossover. While Falcon's inclusion in the roster comes just a week ahead of his scheduled appearance, Brakeley and Davis were made available from New York Athletic Club and Mike Friday's greater Olympic Rugby Sevens player pool, respectively.

Brakeley and Falcon have both suited up for the USA Rugby AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans in recent years, while Falcon has graduated from the Boys High School All-Americans. He also won the 2012 World Rugby U20 Trophy with the AIG Men's Junior All-Americans, which also included current campers Tom Bliss, Kingsley McGowan, and Mike Te'o, and spent time with Taranaki Rugby in New Zealand last fall.

A Dartmouth graduate, Brakeley has trained in a high performance environment with Northeast Academy, most recently winning the Elite City Sevens tournament in Philadelphia alongside the Eagles' friendly against Harlequins last August. When the MCAAs hosted Cambridge in a two-match series in 2014, Brakeley donned the Blues to give the Americans an even greater test.

Following a three-year football career at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Davis turned his attention to rugby, training at USA Rugby National Development Academy Tiger Rugby in Columbus, Ohio. He was called into Men's Eagles Sevens High Performance Camps at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., and most recently toured with the USA Falcons in South America with McGowan and Te'o.

With Blaine Scully and Cam Dolan back in Wales with Cardiff Blues, Taku Ngwenya in France with Biarritz, and Eric Fry set to rejoin Newcastle Falcons after the weekend's match against Canada, John Mitchell and the coaching staff are appreciative of the domestic clubs' efforts to accommodate the release of their athletes.

Still in Houston, the Eagles are thankful to Lowell Locke for securing the training facilities at St. Pius X High School, as well as the day campers from Austin Blacks Rugby.

"The people we've met at the hotel have been fantastic," Mitchell said. "It's amazing the people you come across in the lifts being intrigued about what sport we play and to see the eyes light up knowing there's an international contest in their city.

"St. Pius X has wonderful facilities and has been accommodating with the morning and afternoon sessions. I haven't seen high school gym equipment like that before in my life - it's wonderfully resourced in that area. We've had some Austin club players that have been released to come and fill numbers for us on our full-field, full-team training sessions."

The Eagles will head to Austin Thursday in preparation for Saturday's match at Dell Diamond, which will be streamed live on ESPN 3 (WatchESPN.com) at 6 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available for the Americas Rugby Championship encounter between the border rivals in the second week of the competition, with the U.S. trailing Canada in the tournament standings by two points.