Men’s Selects stride into final APC match with confidence

1-1 in the Americas Pacific Challenge, US squad hopes to finish strong against rival Canada A

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - "Canada have shown intent to playing positive ball movement rugby. We're looking forward to an exciting contest", says Head Coach Scott Lawrence as the Men's USA Rugby Selects head into the 3rd and final match with neighbor to the north, Canada A. "It's been an opportunity for our up and coming players to test themselves against test veterans. We'll get another chance to do that again this weekend against a side with 169 international caps"

The United States trail 2016 tournament champions, Argentina XV, by 4 points. The South American rugby powerhouse are 2-0 with both matches awarding bonus points. A collection of bonus points crowd the APC scoreboard however as the US earned two of their own, along with Uruguay A. Uruguay sits just below the Americans with an even 6 points after falling 49-36 on Wednesday

 Chris Hanson

The window for a United States championship remains open going into the last match. Should the Selects win over Canada A with a bonus point in hand, followed by a non-bonus point Uruguay A victory over Argentina, a mid-field championship celebration will be in order.  Regardless, with the Americas Pacific Challenge being a development and assessment tournament, most victories won't reflect in the standings as athletes from each nation hope to put their hand up for their respective senior national teams. 

The final match against Canada A kicks off Sunday Oct. 15th at 1pmET LIVE on The Rugby Channel.

Americas Pacific Challenge: Men's USA Rugby Selects v Canada A

Number Player Club/College
1 Alex Maughan Life University
2 Peter Malcolm (C) Wheeling Jesuit
3 Angus MacClellan Chicago Lions
4 Brendan Daly (VC) San Francisco Golden Gate
5 Matthew Jensen Brigham Young University
6 Ben Landry Glendale Rugby
7 Aladdin Schirmer Seattle Saracens
8 Hanco Germishuys Austin Huns
9 Holden Yungert Saint Mary's College
10 Mike McCarthy Saint Mary's College
11 Tim Maupin Trinity Rugby
12 Bryce Campbell Glendale Rugby
13 Lemoto Filikitonga San Francisco Golden Gate
14 Josh Whippy Brigham Young University
15 Jean-Pierre Eloff Life University
16 Alex Vorster Brigham Young University
17 Kelepi Fifita Glendale Rugby
18 Chance Wenglewski Lindenwood University
19 Brendan Hardiman San Francisco Golden Gate
20 Psalm Wooching Seattle Saracens
21 Ruben de Haas Little Rock Stormers
22 Ben Cima Rocky George
23 Mitch Wilson Life University

Non-Playing Reserves:
Huluhola Moungaloa
Jackson Kaka
Martini Talapusi
Zach Pangelinan

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