USA Men’s Eagles name preliminary training squad for Rugby World Cup Japan 2019

40 of the 50 selected players will assemble next week in preparation for Pacific Nations Cup 2019

With just 100 days to go until Rugby World Cup Japan 2019, the USA Men’s Eagles have named their preliminary 50-man training squad which includes 40 players who will assemble next week in preparation for the Pacific Nations Cup.

The preliminary training squad comprises a pool of players who will be considered for the final 31-man roster traveling to Japan in mid-September. Over the next several months, Head Coach Gary Gold and staff will use the upcoming camp in Colorado and Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) to make final selections. 

Of the 50 players chosen, three are uncapped including Houston SaberCats’ Jamason Fa’anana Shultz, Seattle Seawolves’ Riekert Hattingh and Rugby United New York’s Ross Deacon.

Long-time Eagles Mike Petri, Lou Stanfill, Thretton Palamo and Ben Cima all have a chance to appear in the final World Cup squad having not played with the Men’s National Team in some time. Mikey Sosene-Feagai also joins the preliminary squad after earning four caps with the Eagles in 2016.

Similarly, three players from the USA Men’s Sevens who recently qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are named, including Eagles Sevens Captain Madison Hughes, Martin Iosefo and Ben Pinkelman.

General Manager of the Men’s National Team 15s Dave Hodges said: “We’re really looking forward to working with this group of men over the next several months as our staff make final preparations for Rugby World Cup. As Japan 2019 is set to be one of the most exciting and successful rugby events to do date, we as a program are heavily focused on improving upon our past World Cup performances, as a representation of the growth of rugby in the United States.

“While the weeks and months to follow will be filled with tireless work, I’m confident that our coaches and staff will prepare these men not only for the Rugby World Cup, but four crucial matchups ahead of that in the Pacific Nations Cup and our final test match with Canada in Vancouver.”

The U.S. Men’s National Team 15s will assemble next week in Colorado as the final stretch to Rugby World Cup begins. Beginning with the Pacific Nations Cup, the USA will face rival-Canada at Infinity Park in Glendale on July 27, followed by Samoa and Japan in Fiji on August 3 and 10, respectively.

One final test match between the U.S. and Canada will take place at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver on September 7. The Eagles will then head to Japan to face England, France, Argentina and Tonga in Pool C at Rugby World Cup 2019.

For tickets to see the Men’s Eagles face Canada in Glendale and Vancouver, visit usarugby.org/tickets.
For tickets to what promises to be the most popular Rugby World Cup to date and a full schedule, visit rugbyworldcup.com.

USA MEN'S EAGLES PRELIMINARY TRAINING SQUAD

RUGBY WORLD CUP JAPAN 2019

PLAYER NAMEPOSITIONCLUBCAPSNOTES
David AinuuPropToulouse (FRA)5 
Malon Al JibooriFlankerGlendale Raptors2 
Nate AugspurgerScrumhalf / WingSan Diego Legion21 
Marcel BracheWingWestern Force (AUS)16 
Nate BrakeleyLockRugby United New York18 
Bryce CampbellCenterLondon Irish (ENG)25 
Ben CimaFlyhalfSeattle Seawolves10Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Nick CivettaLockDoncaster Knights (ENG)22 
Shaun DaviesScrumhalfGlendale Raptors 22 
Ross DeaconNo. 8Rugby United New York-Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Ruben de HaasScrumhalfFree State Cheetahs11
Cam DolanNo. 8NOLA Gold44 
Dylan FawsittHookerRugby United New York8 
Mikey Sosene-FeagaiHookerAuckland (NZL)4 
Eric FryPropVannes (FRA)44 
Hanco GermishuysFlankerGlendale Raptors15 
Riekert HattinghNo. 8Seattle Seawolves Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
James HilterbrandHookerManly Marlins (AUS)18 
Will HooleyFullbackBedford Blues (ENG)8 
Madison HughesFullbackUSA Sevens3 
Martin IosefoCenterUSA Sevens3 
Olive KilifiPropSeattle Seawolves26 
Tony LambornFlankerMelbourne Rebels (AUS) 18 
Titi LamositelePropSaracens (ENG)27 
Ben LandryLock/FlankerEaling Trailfinders (ENG)18 
Paul LasikeCenterHarlequins (ENG)13 
AJ MacGintyFlyhalfSale Sharks (ENG)21 
Will MagieFlyhalfGlendale Raptors23 
Siaosi MahoniLockSan Diego Legion2Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Samu ManoaLockSeattle Seawolves22 
Ryan MatyasWingSan Diego Legion12Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Tim MaupinWingNOLA Gold9Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Gannon MooreWingUtah Warriors3 
Paul MullenPropHouston SaberCats10 
Thretton PalamoCenterHouston SaberCats17 
Greg PetersonLockNewcastle Falcons (ENG)22 
Mike PetriScrumhalfRugby United New York57Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Kapeli PifeletiHookerSan Diego Legion2 
Ben PinkelmanFlankerUSA Sevens- 
John QuillFlankerRugby United New York33 
Paddy RyanPropRugby United New York4 
Blaine ScullyWingUnattached46 
Jamason Fa'anana ShultzFlankerHouston SaberCats- 
Lou StanfillLockSan Diego Legion56Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Tevita TameilauLock / Back rowGlasgow Warriors (SCO)15Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Joe Taufete'eHookerWorcester Warriors (ENG)22 
Mike Te'oWingSan Diego Legion23 
Dino WaldrenPropSan Diego Legion19Won't assemble for PNC at this stage
Chance WenglewskiPropRugby ATL3 
Psalm WoochingFlankerSan Diego Legion4

USA MEN’S EAGLES STAFF

General Manager | Dave Hodges
Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Set Piece | Shawn Pittman
Assistant Coach, Defense | Jaque Fourie
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Assistant S&C and Analyst | Tom Kindley
Team Doctor | Mark Sakr
Team Doctor | Sam Akhavan
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz
Team Manager | Chris Hanson
Assistant Team Manager | Mark Drown

USA MEN'S EAGLES 2019 SCHEDULE

*All times local 

Pacific Nations Cup 

vs Canada
Sat, July 27 | 6 PM MT
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO
Purchase Tickets

vs Samoa
Fri, Aug 2 | 10:30 PM ET
Anz Stadium, Suva, Fiji

vs Japan
Sat, Aug 10 | 12:35 AM ET
Anz Stadium, Suva, Fiji

Rugby World Cup Warm-up

vs Canada
September 7 | 7 PM PT
B.C. Place Stadium, Vancouver, B.C.
Purchase Tickets

Rugby World Cup Japan 

Broadcast on NBC Networks

vs England
September 26 | 6:45 AM ET
Kobe Misaki Stadium

vs France
October 2 | 3:45 AM ET 
Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium

vs Argentina
October 9 | 12:45 AM ET
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

vs Tonga
October 13 | 1:45 AM ET
Hanazono Rugby Stadium 


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