World Cup veterans return for final match of Americas Rugby Championship

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - The Men's Eagles squad for the final match of the inaugural Americas Rugby Championship has been selected, with several players coming back into the team for Saturday's match against Uruguay.

Premiership Rugby clubs Newcastle Falcons and Saracens released Todd Clever and Titi Lamositele, respectively, during the week leading up to the match at Estadio Charrúa, which will kick off at 3:15 p.m. ET. Clever will captain the side for the third time on tour after scoring four tries - including a hat trick against rival Canada - in three matches, while Lamositele will make his debut under Head Coach John Mitchell. The 19-year-old prop was initially named to the squad for at least one of the home matches in February, but was needed in England.

"Todd's leadership is at its best when he leads by example," Mitchell said. "This is a challenging situation for Titi, coming into a new situation, but also exciting that he has had a chance to see what we have started and to get back with his American mates."

The U.S. suffered its first loss of the Mitchell era last weekend in São Paulo, where host Brazil took an early lead and overcame a last-minute deficit for a 24-23 victory. Aladdin Schirmer made his debut in the match wearing the No. 7 shirt, but will wear No. 6 beside Clever in Montevideo.

Ben Landry, Brodie Orth, and David Tameilau retain their starting spots in the pack for the fifth consecutive match, with Rugby World Cup 2015 props Eric Fry and Lamositele outside Mike Sosene-Feagai in the front row.

Also called back into the squad having been absent in Brazil are Deion Mikesell and Lorenzo Thomas. The Lindenwood University pair was in the AIG Men's Junior All-Americans' starting XV for the World Rugby U20 Trophy qualifier against Canada before earning the call-up to the senior side ahead of the Chile shutout. Thomas scored in his debut, and Mikesell will have the opportunity to follow in his teammate's footsteps, lining up on the wing opposite Tim Stanfill. Thomas replaces veteran Andrew Suniula in the centers with Chad London playing inside the student-athlete.

JP Eloff and Mike Te'o have demonstrated their versatility in the half backs and at full back, while the latter created several scoring opportunities against Brazil last weekend as a substitute winger. Te'o will lead the attack from the scrum half position - where he played in the defeat of Canada in the ARC's second week - with fly half James Bird, and Eloff will give the team cover at full back.

Nate Brakeley played his way into a starting role with the Eagles in Texas and Florida as an injury replacement on tour, and left his Northeast Academy sevens team in Las Vegas to rejoin the national team in South America.

The Eagles led the ARC standings heading into last week's loss, and now need a slip-up from table-topping Argentina this weekend - as well as to take care of business against Uruguay - for a chance at the inaugural competition trophy.

The two nations last met in a Rugby World Cup 2015 Qualifier series in 2014, with the Uruguayans defending home turf with a draw before the Eagles booked their trip to England with a win in Atlanta. The Eagles had scored at least four tries and a total of 18 prior to the Brazil defeat, in which they scored three.

"We are both developing," Mitchell said. "They go to space with the ball on attack better than us at the moment, and their ball is quicker.

"Our style is in its early stages of its development - what you witnessed in last week's performance is in conflict with where we want our attack to be; we went back to the old way."

The final match of the U.S.'s Americas Rugby Championship will be broadcast live on ESPN 3 (WatchESPN.com). Scoring updates will also be provided on USA Rugby's Twitter account (@USARugby).

Men's Eagles | v. Uruguay

1. Eric Fry

2. Mike Sosene-Feagai

3. Titi Lamositele

4. Brodie Orth

5. Ben Landry

6. Aladdin Schirmer

7. Todd Clever (C)

8. David Tameilau

9. Mike Te'o

10. James Bird

11. Tim Stanfill

12. Chad London

13. Lorenzo Thomas

14. Deion Mikesell

15. JP Eloff

Men's Eagles | Reserves

16. Joseph Taufete'e

17. Olive Kilifi

18. Demecus Beach

19. Nate Brakeley

20. Hanco Germishuys

21. Niku Kruger

22. Ryan Matyas

23. Jake Anderson

Uruguay | v. USA

1. Mateo Sanguinetti

2. Germán Kessler

3. Mario Sagario

4. Gonzalo Soto

5. Diego Magno

6. Juan Gaminara

7. Juan Diego Ormaechea

8. Alejandro Nieto

9. Agustín Ormaechea

10. Menual Blengio

11. Gastón Mieres

12. Andrés Vilaseca

13. Pedro Deal

14. Leandro Leivas

15. Rodrigo Silva

Uruguay | Reserves

16. Germán Kessler

17. Facundo Gattas

18. Juan Echeverría

19. Mathías Palomeque

20. Mathías Beeer

21. Alberto Román

22. Guillermo Lijtenstein

23. Federico Favaro

Men's Eagles | Americas Rugby Championship 2016

v. Argentina - D 35-35

v. Canada - W 30-22

v. Chile - W 64-0

v. Brazil - L 24-23

v. Uruguay - Saturday, March 5 @ 3:15 p.m. ET - Estadio Charrúa (Montevideo, Uruguay)