Men’s USA Selects set sights on APC

Men’s 15s selects bound for Uruguay to compete in Americas Pacific Challenge

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - The Americas Pacific Challenge is just under a month away, and a roster has been set for the tournament held in Montevideo, Uruguay. Men's USA Rugby Selects Head Coach Scott Lawrence confirmed today that 27 promising prospects will gather in Fort Lauderdale prior to competition in South America, with 10 home reserves available here in the States. With world class training and tournament play on the team's pallet, Lawrence looks forward to appraising the young talent.

"The APC and this USA Selects is an opportunity for some of our domestic men's athletes to put their hand up for November and beyond." Said Lawrence. Referring to late fall test matches between Germany and Georgia for the Senior Men's National Team, General Manager Dave Hodges recognizes the APC as an important stepping stone. "Coach Lawrence and his staff have been meticulously preparing for this competition in order to allow the players to put in their best performance." Shared Hodges, "We look forward to seeing the team come together and represent the United States of America in this A level competition."

Six rostered players and one home reserve will return to the APC squad after competing in the 2016 tournament. Alex Maughan, Benjamin Cima, Bryce Campbell, Hanco Germishuys, Jean-Paul Eloff and Matthew Jensen will travel to Montevideo while returning Chance Wengleski will roster as a home reserve. The United States finished with a 1-2 record following 2016 play.

Men's USA Rugby Selects | Americas Pacific Challenge 2017

Huluholo MoungaloaLife WestProp
Kelepi FifitaGlendale RaptorsProp
Peter MalcolmAustin Huns/Wheeling JesuitHooker
Alex VorsterBrigham Young UniversityHooker
Alex MaughanLife UniversityProp
Patrick RyanUnattachedProp
Angus MaclellanChicago LionsProp
Matthew JensenBrigham Young UniversityLock
Brendan HardimanSan Francisco Golden GateLock
Ben LandryGlendale RaptorsLock
Brendan DalySan Francisco Golden GateLock
Jack KakaBrigham Young UniversityFlanker
Aladdin SchirmerSeattle SaracensFlanker
Psalm WoochingSeattle Saracens/University of WashingtonFlanker
Hanco GermishuysAustin Huns#8
Ruben De HaasLittle Rock StormersScrum-half
Holden YungertSaint Mary's CollegeScrum-half
Ben CimaRocky GorgeFly-half
Mike McCarthySaint Mary's CollegeFly-half
Bryce CampbellGlendale Raptors/Indiana UniversityCenter
Lemoto Filikitonga San Francisco Golden GateCenter
Josh WhippyBrigham Young UniversityCenter
Martini TalapusiLife WestCenter
Zach PangelinanStrikers RugbyWing
Mitch WilsonLife UniversityFull Back
Jean-Pierre EloffChicago LionsFull Back
Tim MaupinSaint Mary's College, DublinWing
Chance WengleskiLindenwood UniversityProp
Jacob FinauSan Francisco Golden GateHooker
John HaydenSeattle SaracensProp
Siaosi MahoniLife WestLock
Maciu KoroiLife UniversityBack Row
Devreaux FerrisLife WestScrum-half
Kalei KonradOld Mission Beach Athletic ClubFly-half
Vetekina MalafuKutztown UniversityWing
Lorenzo ThomasLindenwood UniversityCenter
Marcus TupuolaNotre Dame CollegeWing
Home Reserve

Men's USA Selects Tour Staff:
Head Coach: Scott Lawrence
Assistant Coach: JD Stephenson
Assistant Coach: Scott Murray
Assistant Coach/Analyst: James Harrison
Team Manager: Chris Hanson
Athletic Trainer: Kevin Ng
Team Physician: Alexandra Myers

"With the concurrent 7s assemblies and pros working abroad," continued Lawrence, "we now have the ability to facilitate a greater number of athletes getting into international competition."

The Americas Pacific Challenge is structured in a round robin, first past the post tournament format played across three competitive rounds. Teams will play opponents in their opposite pool once, with the tournament winner determined by the total number of competition points accrued across the three rounds. No caps however are awarded during the tournament as the competition is developmental and the teams participating are not the senior squads. The Men's USA Selects will kick off play against Samoa A on October 7th.

Americas Pacific Challenge | Tournament Schedule 2017

RoundDateTeamTeamTime (ET)
1Oct. 7
USA Rugby Selects
vSamoa A11:00 a.m.
Argentina XVvCanada A1:00 p.m.
Tonga AvUruguay A3:00 p.m.
2Oct. 11Tonga AvCanada A11:00 a.m.
Argentina XVvSamoa A1:00 p.m.
USA Rugby Selects
vUruguay A3:00 p.m.
3Oct. 15Tonga AvSamoa A11:00 a.m.
USA Rugby Selects
vCanada A1:00 p.m.
Argentina XVvUruguay A3:00 p.m.

With such a broad pool of talented young rugby players now competing in the US, Lawrence admires the support and insight provided rugby leadership, "I'm grateful to the club and college coaches who took the time and continue to engage with the entire staff in the selection and preparation process so far."

The Americas Pacific Challenge will take place October 7th through 15th at Charrua Stadium in Motevideo, Uruguay.