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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Eagles 50-man roster for the World Cup

Eddie O'Sullivan has named his 50-man preliminary roster for the World Cup. There aren't any surprises in the list. However, there are some interesting players to note, such as James Paterson (who This Is American Rugby followers should be familar with), and Thretton Palamo. Paterson has never played for the Eagles but has played for the All-Americans. Palamo inclusion is interesting because he has walked on to the University of Utah's rugby team for the fall. His inclusion, as well as the inclusion of some other players, may be cover for Eddie O'Sullivan if injuries or something else happens to key players.

Squad Breakdown:
20 have/will play overseas. 13 made apperances with the U.S.A. 7's team during last season. 3 (Dolan, Palamo, and Scully) are either in University or just finished). Domestic Club representation (those with mulitples): 4 San Francisco Golden Gate, 4 Life University, 3 Utah Warriors, 3 New York Athletic Club, 2 Belmont Shore, 2 Olympic Club, 2 Boston Rugby.

Forwards:
Inaki Basauri (L'Aquila), Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate), Mark Bokhoven (Denver Barbarians), Ryan Chapman (Utah Warriors), Todd Clever (Suntory Sungoliath), Pat Danahy (Life University), Cameron Dolan (Life University), Eric Fry (Las Vegas Blackjacks), J.J. Gagiano (Univ. of Cape Town), Matt Hawkins (Belmont Shore), Nic Johnson (Unattached), Will Johnson (London Irish), Tom Katzfey (New York Athletic Club), Danny LaPrevotte (San Francisco Golden Gate), Scott LaValla (Stade Francais), Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie), Samu Manoa (San Francisco Golden Gate/Northampton Saints), Brian McClenahan (Olympic Club), Mate Moeakiola (Bobigny 93), Alec Parker (Glendale), Shawn Pittman (London Welsh), Anthony Purpura (Boston Rugby), Hayden Smith (Saracens), Louis Stanfill (Mogliano), Phil Thiel (Life University), John van der Giessen (Utah Warriors).

Backs:
Paul Emerick (Life University), Tai Enosa (Belmont Shore), Troy Hall (New York Athletic Club), Colin Hawley (Olympic Club), Nese Malifa (Glendale), Taku Ngwenya (Biarritz), Folau Niua (San Francisco Golden Gate), Thretton Palamo (Univ. of Utah), Mike Palefau (Utah Warriors), James Paterson (Southland/Otago Highlanders), Mike Petri (New York Athletic Club), Volney Rouse (San Francisco Golden Gate), Blaine Scully (Cal), Robbie Shaw (Bristol), Junior Sifa (Nottingham RFC), Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins/Cornish Pirates), Roland Suniula (Boston Rugby), Shalom Suniula (Unattached), Kevin Swiryn (Agen), Zach Test (Unattached), Pate Tuilevuka (Old Puget Sound Beach), Seta Tuilevuka (Montpellier), Tim Usasz (Nottingham RFC), Chris Wyles (Saracens)

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