Starters Named for Men’s National Team’s Clash with No. 6 Scotland

Starters remain consistent with two changes to reserves in Men’s Eagles’ second June test

HOUSTON, TX. - Following a 62-13 victory over No. 19 Russia, Head Coach Gary Gold has named his starters for the Men's Eagles' second match of a three-game June test series with No. 6 Scotland this Saturday. Taking place at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX, also part of the Emirates Airline Summer Series, the starting XV will remain consistent with two changes made to the bench. The match kicks off at 8 PM CT with tickets available at usarugby.org/tickets and a LIVE stream featured on FloRugby. The game is also broadcast LIVE on CBS Sports.

"Despite a few early challenges, the chemistry of this group worked well last week - even though we'd only spent a relatively short amount of time together as a unit," said Head Coach Gary Gold. "We've had another week to build on our rhythm as a collective and grow in our individual roles which will undoubtedly help us against a quality side in Scotland."

Last time the Men's Eagles faced Scotland at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, they fell 16-39 after conceding a 7 point lead in the first half of play. Overall, both teams have met four times with Scotland owning the better side of the score in each affair. However, since their last meeting in 2015, the United States has grown significantly in strength and execution, improving their overall record of 3-6-1 in 2016 to 6-3-1 in 2017.

Scotland recently began their tour of the Americas against Canada, defeating the Canadians 10-48; while the United States opened their summer schedule adding a win over Russia to their then 5-0 record. Now with 6 victories on the year, the Eagles will face their most difficult challenge this season as they aim to deliver another convincing performance to a home crowd in Texas.

With no changes made to the starting lineup, the Men's National Team will see two new faces jump into action from the bench. Dylan Fawsitt will replace James Hilterbrand who fell to injury last week against Russia and continues recovery. Titi Lamositele will jump in for Olive Kilifi, as well.

Saturday will deliver a full day of activities for the greater Houston area. Beginning at 3:30 PM CT, fans are encouraged to kick things off at Rice University to watch the Men's Junior All-Americans take on rival-Canada in the finale of their World Rugby Trophy Qualifier. Admission to the game, held at the intramural fields, is free.

After the Qualifier, fans can enjoy a family-friendly fan fest hosted in the Rusk Street Area from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM before the match. The fan fest will feature drinks by Lucky's Bar, food trucks and themed activities by the USA Rugby Screaming Eagles fan club.

The match kicks off at 8 PM CT with tickets starting at only $23 at usarugby.org/tickets. A live stream will be available through Flo Rugby with the game also broadcast LIVE on CBS Sports.

USA MEN'S EAGLES STARTERS | V SCOTLAND | JUNE 16, 2018

PLAYER POSITION CLUB
1. Eric Fry Prop Vannes Rugby (FRA)
2. Joe Taufete'e Hooker Worcester Warriors (ENG)
3. Paul Mullen Prop Houston SaberCats
4. Samu Manoa Lock Toulon (FRA)
5. Nick Civetta Lock Newcastle Falcons (ENG)
6. John Quill Flanker Glendale Raptors 
7. Hanco Germishuys Flanker Austin Elite
8. Cam Dolan No. 8 San Diego Legion
9. Shaun Davies Scrum Half Glendale Raptors
10. AJ MacGinty Fly Half Sale Sharks (ENG)
11. Marcel Brache Wing Perth/Western Force (AUS)
12. Paul Lasike Center Utah Warriors
13. Bryce Campbell Center Glendale Raptors
14. Blaine Scully (C) Wing Cardiff Blues
15. Will Hooley Full Back Bedford Blues (ENG)


USA MEN'S EAGLES RESERVES | V SCOTLAND | JUNE 16, 2018

PLAYER POSITION CLUB
16. Dylan Fawsitt Reserve Glendale Raptors
17. Titi Lamositele Reserve Saracens (ENG)
18. Chris Baumann Reserve Leicester Tigers (ENG)
19. Greg Peterson Reserve Glasgow Warriors 
20. Ben Landry Reserve Glendale Raptors
21. Nate Augspurger Reserve San Diego Legion
22. Will Magie Reserve Glendale Raptors
23. Dylan Audsley Reserve  San Diego Legion 

MEN'S EAGLES STAFF | v SCOTLAND | JUNE 16, 2018

Head Coach Gary Gold
Assistant Coach Shawn Pittman
Assistant Coach Greg McWilliams
Performance Analyst Jimmy Harrison
Team Manager Chris Hanson
Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Ng
Team Doctor Matt Schmitz (Houston)  
Assistant Athletic Trainer  Matt Lopez (Houston & Halifax)

USA MEN'S EAGLES SCHEDULE | 2018 JUNE TEST SERIES 

Emirates Airline Summer Series
vs. Russia - 62-13 (W)

Emirates Airline Summer Series
vs. Scotland
Sat, June 16 | 8 PM CT
BBVA Compass Stadium
Houston, TX

vs. Canada
Sat, June 23 | 3 PM ET
Wanderers Grounds
Halifax, NS