Starters Announced for Men’s Eagles Final Home Stand of 2018 ARC Against Chile

United States squad headlined by fresh faces and a new captaincy

FULLERTON, CA. - With two down and only one left at home, the Men's Eagles will face Chile this Saturday at 2 PM PT in their final home match of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) at Titan Stadium (Cal State Fullerton). Following back-to-back wins over Argentina XV (17-10) and rival Canada (29-10), USA will enter the matchup with several fresh faces and a newly named Captain to take on the physical battle against the Condors. Tickets for the match are on sale now -- starting at only $30 -- at usarugby.org/tickets with the match also broadcast LIVE on The Rugby Channel.

Men's Eagles General Manager Dave Hodges makes note of the evolving dynamic with players returning overseas, as well as how new faces have framed the Fullerton-bound squad. 

"A few players have gone back to their professional setup," said Hodges. "While that is a challenge we acknowledge and work through, the players who have come into the camp this week have helped energize the team and will add a positive impact to the group."

With Blaine Scully back home with the Cardiff Blues, Nate Augspurger earns the Captaincy, headlining a team with a renewed energy to continue their defense of the ARC title. With Augspurger in as Captain, Josh Whippy earns his opportunity to suit up in Scully's stead on the wing. 

To accompany a new Captain and wing, props Huluholo Moungaloa and James Hilterbrand step in for Titi Lamositele and Joe Taufete'e -- respectively -- while Ben Landry takes over as lock for Nick Civetta who heads home on bereavement leave. 

Changes to the roster also bring an opportunity for several players to earn their first official caps, as Psalm Wooching makes his debut to replace Hanco Germishuys as flanker. Dylan Fawsitt, Brendan Daly, Malon Al-Jiboori and Ruben de Haas all also have a chance to be capped from their positions as reserves.

USA Men's Eagles Starters | USA vs Chile | 2018 Americas Rugby Championship

PlayerClubPosition
1. Huluholo MoungaloaLife West Gladiators Prop
2. James HilterbrandManly Marlins (AUS)Hooker
3. Dino WaldrenLondon ScottishProp
4. Nate BrakeleyNew York Athletic Lock
5. Ben LandryGlendale RaptorsLock
6. Psalm WoochingSeattle Saracens Flanker
7. Tony LambornHawkes BayFlanker
8. Cam DolanSan Diego LegionNumber Eight
9. Nate Augspurger (C)San Diego LegionScrum Half
10. Will MagieGlendale RaptorsFly Half
11. Ryan MatyasSan Diego LegionWing
12. Bryce CampbellGlendale RaptorsCenter
13. Dylan AudsleySan Diego LegionCenter
14. Josh WhippyUtah Warriors Wing
15. Mike Te'oSan Diego Legion Fullback

USA Men's Eagles Reserves | USA vs. Chile | 2018 Americas Rugby Championship

PlayerClubPosition
16. Dylan FawsittOld Blue of New YorkReserve
17. Tony PurpuraSan Diego LegionReserve
18. Angus MaclellanUtah Warriors Reserve
19. Brendan DalySan Francisco Golden GateReserve
20. Malon Al-JibooriSan Diego Legion Reserve
21. Ruben de HaasFree State Cheetahs Academy (RSA)Reserve
22. Ben CimaSan Diego Legion Reserve
23. Paul LasikeUtah WarriorsReserve

USA Men's Eagles Staff | 2018 Americas Rugby Championship

Gary Gold: Head Coach
Greg McWilliams: Assistant Coach - Backs & Attack
Scott Lawrence: Assistant Coach - Defense
Shawn Pittman: Assistant Coach - Set Piece
Chris Hanson: Team Manager
Dave Hodges: Men's Eagles General Manager
Jimmy Harrison: Analyst
Kevin Ng: Head ATC
Brian Finn: Assistant ATC (Jan. 24 - Feb. 17)
Dr. Deborah Light: Team Doctor (Feb. 11 - Feb. 17) 
Dr. Jeff Mjaanes: Team Doctor (Feb. 18 - Mar. 4)

USA Men's Eagles | 2018 Americas Rugby Championship

vs Argentina XV - 17-10 (W)

vs Canada - 29-10 (W)

vs Chile
Sat, Feb. 17 | 5 PM ET
Titan Stadium, Fullerton, CA

vs Brazil
Sat, Feb. 24 | 3:40 PM ET
Martins Pereira Stadium, Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil

vs Uruguay
Sat, Mar. 3 | 1:40 PM ET
Estadio Charrua, Montevideo, Uruguay

"This next test match gives us an opportunity to improve our own performance," said GM Hodges. "While we did get the win in each of our opening ARC matches against Canada and Argentina XV, the overall accuracy of the team needs to improve. That's a massive challenge for us going into the match against Chile."

Last time the United States and Chile met in the Americas Rugby Championship, the Eagles were on the favorable sides of 64-0 (2016) and 57-9 (2017) victories. Knowing a win on Saturday will mark USA's third consecutive victory over the Condors, Chile will bring an intense physicality to the match.

Tickets to see the Men's Eagles take on Chile at 2 PM PT on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Titan Stadium (Cal State Fullerton) are on sale now -- starting at only $30 -- at usarugby.org/tickets. The match will also be broadcast LIVE to subscribers of The Rugby Channel, with updates available by following @USARugby on Twitter.