U.S. Men’s National Team announces starters for test match with Brazil

Eagles open three-game homestand of Americas Rugby Championship 2019 with a fresh lineup

AUSTIN, TX. The U.S. Men's National team has named it's match-day 23 to face Brazil in Round Three of the Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) 2019 this Saturday, Feb. 23 at Dell Diamond in Austin, TX.

The Eagles lineup will feature a collection of changes from the team's previous matchup with Argentina XV, including the return of Captain Blaine Scully and the chance for one new cap to be awarded from the bench. In total, the full squad owns 360 cumulative caps.

Props Chance Wenglewski and Paul Mullen fill out the front row alongside hooker James Hilterbrand. Hilterbrand jumps in for Joe Taufete'e who continues his recovery from injury. Locks Nate Brakeley and Nick Civetta make up the second row while the back row remains consistent with flankers John Quill and Hanco Germishuys; as well as No. 8 Cam Dolan.

The backs will feature Will Magie at flyhalf and the much-anticipated return of wing Mike Te'o. Te'o last suited up for the Eagles a year ago during the Americas Rugby Championship 2018 in March. The duo of Bryce Campbell and Paul Lasike will cover at center, with Captain Scully at wing and Marcel Brache at fullback.

David Ainuu, Ben Landry and Will Hooley all have the opportunity to come on as reserves, along with San Diego Legion's Kapeli Pifeleti who could make his national team debut.

"It's been a long couple of weeks but we're ready to continue with the ARC and have used our disappointing result against Argentina XV as a learning experience," said Head Coach Gary Gold. "We know Brazil will bring an incredibly strong set piece; and in order to overcome that, we'll need to remain patient and focus on getting the small things right through each phase. We'll be in front of a vocal home crowd this weekend and that atmosphere will be a vital component in keeping momentum on our side."

The U.S. Men's National Team and Brazil have met three times -- all in the Americas Rugby Championship -- with the Eagles owning two wins from the 2017 and 2018 ARCs. Brazil will be no easy opponent, however, sporting a notorious set piece which allowed their side to overcome Canada in the last round of the tournament.

Currently sitting in third place following their loss to Argentina XV, the United States will have the energy of a strong home crowd to back them in Saturday's contest. The match kicks off at 7:10 PM Central Time.

Following Brazil, the Eagles will travel to Seattle for two final games against Uruguay (Mar 2) and rival-Canada (Mar 8) at Starfire Sports. Tickets for all three remaining matches are available at usarugby.org/tickets. All games will be broadcast LIVE on FloRugby, exclusively in the U.S.

Men's Eagles Roster | vs Brazil 

Player NamePositionClubCaps
Chance WenglewskiPropLindenwood University2
James HilterbrandHookerManly Marlins (AUS)17
Paul MullenPropHouston SaberCats7
Nate BrakeleyLockRugby United New York16
Nick CivettaLockDoncaster Knights (ENG)19
John QuillFlankerRugby United New York30
Hanco GermishuysFlankerGlendale Raptors12
Cam DolanNo. 8NOLA Gold41
Shaun DaviesScrumhalfGlendale Raptors20
Will MagieFlyhalfGlendale Raptors20
Mike Te'oWingSan Diego Legion21
Paul LasikeCenterHarlequins (ENG)10
Bryce CampbellCenterLondon Irish (ENG)22
Blaine Scully (C)WingCardiff Blues (WAL)43
Marcel BracheFullbackWestern Force (AUS)13

Men's Eagles Reserves 

Player NamePositionClubCaps
Dylan FawsittReserveRugby United New York7
David AinuuReserveToulouse (FRA)2
Dino WaldrenReserveLondon Scottish (ENG)16
Ben LandryReserveEaling Trailfinders (ENG)15
Tevita TameilauReserveGlasgow Warriors13
Kapeli PifeletiReserveSan Diego Legion0
Ruben de HaasReserveFree State Cheetahs (RSA)8
Will HooleyReserveBedford Blues (ENG)6

USA Men's Eagles Staff

Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Backs & Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Forwards | Shawn Pittman
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Sam Akhavan (Brazil)
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz
Team Manager | Chris Hanson

Americas Rugby Championship 2019 Schedule & Results

LIVE on FloRugby in the United States

vs Chile | 71-8 (W)

vs Argentina XV | 45-14 (L)

BYE WEEK

Saturday, Feb 23
vs Brazil | 7:10 PM CT
Dell Diamond, Austin, TX
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Saturday, Mar 2
vs Uruguay | 7:10 PM PT
Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA
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Friday, Mar 8
vs Canada | 7:10 PM PT
Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA
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About the Americas Rugby Championship

The Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) is an international, round-robin competition at the test level which features six competing teams from North and South America including Argentina XV, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Uruguay and USA. All matches contested in the ARC count for rankings points and test caps with the exception of those played against Argentina XV who compete as a secondary national team. Originally introduced as a development tournament, the Americas Rugby Championship began operating at the senior international level in 2016 where Argentina XV (who remained as part of the setup) claimed the inaugural championship and USA took runners-up. USA are currently reigning champions having won both the 2017 and 2018 ARC with Argentina XV runners-up in both years.

ARC Points Structure

Win - 4 points
Draw - 2 points
Loss - 0 points

Bonus
Scoring 4+ tries - 1 point
Losing by 7 or fewer points - 1 point

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