Men’s Selects named for battle with Uruguay XV

Selects look to secure first win of Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 with five changes to starting lineup

MONTEVIDEO, URU. - The Men's Selects are set for the second match of the Americas Pacific Challenge (APC) 2018 against Uruguay XV this Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 12:30 PM ET.

With five changes to the starting lineup and four days to regroup, Head Coach Scott Lawrence and his team are in position to build on the positives from their last performance and reduce the defensive mistakes which led to a 39-30 loss to Tonga A.

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The starting group selected will feature all three point scorers from the Selects' aforementioned matchup with Tonga. Dylan Audsley and Tim Maupin will both return to their starting positions, while Brendan Daly shifts to lock and Vili Toluta'u takes his place at flanker. Audsley's skillful kicking accounted for half of the Selects' total points in Game One, with Maupin, Daly and Toluta'u tries banking in the other 15 points.

With Daly in at lock and Toluta'au in at flanker, Taylor Krumrei goes to the bench and Hanco Germishuys will wear the No. 8 jersey.

Captain Conor Kearns will slot into the fullback position, allowing JP Eloff to get the start at flyhalf and placing Mitch Wilson with the reserves. Ryan Matyas will suit up at wing for Mika Kruse and Devereaux Ferris will takeover at scrumhalf for Nick Boyer.

Alongside the five changes to starting XV, Cam Falcon, Thomas Robles and Holden Yungert will all have an opportunity to get their first taste in the Americas Pacific Challenge.

"Sometimes we need to be grateful for losses as they bring us back to focus on the simple things that can bring us results," said Head Coach Scott Lawrence.  

As a whole, the Men's Selects showed promise in their opening game against Tonga A. The U.S. side displayed an early strength at the set piece, claimed multiple turnovers and continued to threaten until the final minutes of the game. Though penalties were an ultimate detriment, the adjustments made to the starting lineup, coupled with the four days of recuperation and focus give the United States every opportunity to make a blistering comeback against Uruguay XV.

The match kicks off at 12:30 PM ET, LIVE on FloRugby.

Men's Selects Starting Roster | vs Uruguay XV 

Player NamePositionCurrent ClubPoints Scored in Americas Pacific Challenge 2018
1. Chance WenglewskiPropLindenwood University-
2. Alex MaughanHookerLife University-
3. John HaydenPropunattached-
4. Brendan DalyLockSan Francisco Golden GateTry vs Tonga A
5. Nate BrakeleyLockNew York Athletic /Rugby United New York-
6. Psalm WoochingFlankerunattached-
7. Vili Toluta'uFlankerSeattle SeawolvesTry vs Tonga A
8. Hanco GermishuysNo. 8Austin Elite-
9. Devereaux FerrisScrumhalfLife West Gladiators-
10. JP EloffFlyhalfNOLA Gold-
11. Ryan MatyasWingSan Diego Legion-
12. Anthony SalaberCenterSan Diego Legion-
13. Dylan AudsleyCenterSan Diego LegionConversions vs Tonga A (3)
Penalties vs Tonga A (3)
14. Tim MaupinWingNOLA GoldTry vs Tonga A
15. Conor Kearns (C)FullbackSan Diego Legion 

Men's Selects Reserves 

Player namePositionCurrent ClubPoints Scored in Americas Pacific Challenge 2018
16. Pat O'TooleReserveunattached-
17. Angus MacLellanReserveUtah Warriors-
18. Cam FalconReserveNOLA Gold-
19. Taylor KrumreiReserveSeattle Seawolves-
20. Matt JensenReserveUtah Warriors-
21. Thomas RoblesReserveunattached-
22. Holden YungertReserveNOLA Gold-
23. Mitch WilsonReserveLife University-

USA Men's Selects Staff

Head Coach | Scott Lawrence
Assistant Coach | David Williams
Assistant Coach | Scott Murray
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Marc Kowalsky
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Santiago Aguirre
Team Manager & Operations | Kevin McCorry II

Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 Schedule

Montevideo, Uruguay

vs Tonga A - 39-30 (L)

vs Uruguay XV
Wed, Oct. 10 - 12:30 PM ET

vs Argentina XV
Sun, Oct. 14 - 12:30 PM ET

*Schedule subject to change; all matches LIVE on FloRugby.