Men’s Eagles starting roster announced for inaugural test match with Germany

Eagles will look for a win in Frankfurt during the first leg of a home and away series

FRANKFURT, GER. - USA Rugby announces roster changes and starting lineups for the first of two final test matches to close out 2017. Following their 52-16 World Cup Qualifying win against Canada, the Men's Eagles arrived in Frankfurt early this week for a brief training camp preceding their matchup with Germany this Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11:00 a.m. ET, broadcast live on The Rugby Channel.

Prop Eric Fry (Rugby Club de Vannes) will remain out of Saturday's matchup following a Hernia injury that has forced him to miss the entirety of the November Internationals. Huluholo Moungoloa steps in making a leap to the Eagles rotation from Life West.

Flanker Hanco Germishuys (Austin Huns) will also miss the clash against Germany to attend to personal matters, bringing in Psalm Wooching (Seattle Saracens) after an impressive showing with the Men's Selects in Uruguay.

Moungoloa and Americas Pacific Challenge stand out Wooching  will be looking for their first senior cap with the Eagles, while outside center Mose Faula'au (Clearmont) completes the squad lead by interim Head Coach Dave Hewitt.

"For the last four days we have really bonded as a group and gotten to know the character of each individual, how we work together as a team, and also how players operate from an on field and off field perspective," describes Hewitt.

Men's USA Eagles Starters | United States vs. Germany | November 18, 2017

1. Olive KilifiSeattle SaracensProp
2. Joe Taufete'eWorcester WarriorsHooker
3. Dino WaldrenLondon ScottishProp
4. Greg Peterson Glasgow WarriorsLock
5. Nick CivettaNewcastle FalconsLock
6. Ben LandryGlendale RaptorsFlanker
7. Tony LambornHawke's Bay MagpiesFlanker
8. Andrew DurutaloWorcester WarriorsNumber Eight
9. Shaun DaviesGlendale RaptorsScrum Half
10. AJ MacGintySale SharksFly Half
11. Ryan MatyasOld Blue New YorkWing
12. Bryce CampbellGlendale RaptorsCenter
13. Marcel BrachePerth SpiritCenter
14. Blaine Scully (C)Cardiff BluesWing
15. Mike Te'oMen's USA EaglesFull Back

Men's USA Eagles Reserves | United States vs. Germany | November 18, 2017

16. Peter MalcolmAustin Elite
17. Huluholo MoungoloaLife West
18. Paddy RyanHighfield RFC
19. Cam DolanOld Blue New York
20. John QuillGlendale Raptors
21. Nate AugspurgerOld Blue of New York
22. Will MagieGlendale Raptors
23. JP EloffChicago Lions

Men's USA Eagles Staff | United States vs Germany
Dave Hewett: Interim Head Coach/Set Piece
Greg McWilliams: Assistant Coach - Backs & Attack
David Williams: Assistant Coach - Defense
Shawn Pittman: Assistant Coach - Set Piece
Jon Hood: Strength and Conditioning
Chris Hanson: Team Manager
Jimmy Harrison: Analyst
Kevin Ng: Head ATC
Matt Lopez: Assistant ATC 
Dr. Mark Sakr: Team Doctor
Dave Hodges: Men's Eagles General Manager

Men's USA Eagles Non-Playing Reserves | United States vs Germany
Psalm Wooching
Nate Brakeley
Tim Maupin
Mose Fuala'au 

This first ever matchup against the Germans serves as part of a home and away series with the second contest to follow on U.S. soil in June '18. Germany returns to the pitch at .500 after a win against their highest ranked opponent (No. 15 Romania) while the U.S. will look to carry a win into their final matchup of 2017 against Georgia in Tbilisi on Nov. 25, also live on The Rugby Channel. The squad will fly out from Frankfurt Sunday night, with a day off on Monday, players will resume training for the week in Tbilisi. 

"The biggest thing for me is the quality of the German side," said Hewitt. "They have improved quite a bit over the last several months. Showing them respect as an opponent will build a lot of emotion and energy into providing our fans with a match they'd like to watch."