Starters Revealed for Men’s National Team’s Final June Test Match with Rival-Canada

Eagles make three changes to starting lineup with opportunity for one new cap to be awarded from the bench

HALIFAX, N.S. - Less than one week ago, the U.S. Men's National Team was making history for the second time this year. After a thrilling 30-29 upset of No. 6 World Ranked Scotland, the Eagles earned their largest victory in 94 years. Now with one final test of the Summer this Saturday (June 23) against No. 22 rival-Canada, the United States (No. 15) will make three adjustments to the starting lineup and offer the chance for one new cap to be awarded in an exciting June finale at Wanderers Grounds. The match kicks off at 3 PM ET, LIVE on FloRugby.

With Joe Taufete'e returning home for personal reasons, Dylan Fawsitt will start at hooker. Ben Landry will step in for John Quill -- who continues his recovery from a lower body injury sustained against Scotland -- while Nate Augspurger jumps in at wing and Marcel Brache switches over to center. Newcomer Vili Toluta'u can earn his first international cap as a reserve, as well.

"Our result last week was due to the incredible hard work that the guys put in, and the huge respect we had for Scotland. Tactically, we followed our game plan and prepared for the right level of intensity which is what we intend to build on this week," said Head Coach Gary Gold. "However, that game is now in the past and we face our old foes who we know are really well-coached and will be prepared, especially as this is a massive home game for them. The reality is that this Canadian team have a huge amount of pride and have a lot to play for as they are still focused on qualifying for Rugby World Cup 2019, and we need to respect that."

Following their historic upset of Scotland last week, the Men's Eagles set a new record by extending their overall win streak to 6 games in international test matches. The team hopes to remain undefeated on the year as they approach their final game of the Summer and 60th all-time against rival-Canada this Saturday.

The Canadians currently sit at No. 22 in the World Rankings and take the pitch after suffering losses to Scotland and Russia earlier this month. The Eagles' northern neighbor will be thirsty to earn their first win of the Summer in front of a home crowd; equally meaning the Americans will have their work cut-out for them as both teams re-ignite a thrilling, life-long rivalry at Wanderers Grounds in Nova Scotia.

The match kicks off at 3 PM ET, LIVE on FloRugby with updates available by following @USARugby on Twitter.

USA MEN'S EAGLES STARTERS | V CANADA | JUNE 23, 2018

PLAYER POSITION CLUB
1. Eric Fry Prop Vannes Rugby (FRA)
2. Dylan Fawsitt Hooker Glendale Raptors 
3. Paul Mullen Prop Houston SaberCats
4. Samu Manoa Lock Toulon (FRA)
5. Nick Civetta Lock Newcastle Falcons (ENG)
6. Ben Landry 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. Nate Augspurger Wing San Diego Legion
12. Paul Lasike Center Utah Warriors
13. Marcel Brache Center Perth/Western Force
14. Blaine Scully (C) Wing Cardiff Blues
15. Will Hooley Full Back Bedford Blues (ENG)


USA MEN'S EAGLES RESERVES | V CANADA | JUNE 23, 2018

PLAYER POSITION CLUB
16. Chris Baumann Reserve Leicester Tigers (ENG)
17. Titi Lamositele Reserve Saracens (ENG)
18. Olive Kilifi Reserve Seattle Seawolves 
19. Greg Peterson Reserve Glasgow Warriors 
20. Vili Toluta'u* Reserve Seattle Seawolves 
21. Ruben de Haas Reserve Free State Cheetahs
22. Will Magie Reserve Glendale Raptors
23. Bryce Campbell Reserve  Glendale Raptors

MEN'S EAGLES STAFF | v CANADA | JUNE 23, 2018

Head Coach Gary Gold
Assistant Coach Shawn Pittman
Assistant Coach Greg McWilliams
Strength & Conditioning Coach Huw Bevan 
Performance Analyst Jimmy Harrison
Team Manager Chris Hanson
Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Ng
Team Doctor Bruce Miller
Assistant Athletic Trainer  Matt Lopez 

USA MEN'S EAGLES SCHEDULE | 2018 JUNE TEST SERIES 

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

Emirates Airline Summer Series
vs. Scotland - 30-29 (W)

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