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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Eagles Selected For First Uruguay Match


26 players have been named to the Eagles travel squad that will head to Uruguay for next Saturday's World Cup qualifying match. As expected, the squad is dominated by overseas players. Todd Clever, Cam Dolan, Scott LaValla, Samu Manoa, Blaine Scully, and Chris Wyles are return to the squad. Other players like Luke Hume, Eric Fry, Robbie Shaw and Andrew Suniula are also on the roster.

Making his first return for a number of years is Hayden Smith, who is beginning to see time once again at Saracens. Tom Coolican, Miles Craigwell, and Shalom Suniula could all earn their first caps. Only 23 players will dress.

Take the jump to see the squad.

Forwards: Todd Clever (NTT Shining Arcs), Tom Coolican (Richmond), Cam Dolan (Northampton), Eric Fry (London Scottish), Olive Kilifi (Seattle-OPSB), Titi Lamositele (Saracens), Scott LaValla (Stade Francais), Samu Manoa (Northampton), Hayden Smith (Saracens), Lou Stanfill (Seattle-OPSB), Kyle Sumsion (BYU), Phil Thiel (Life), Tai Tuisamoa (OMBAC), Nick Wallace (James Bay)

Backs: Miles Craigwell (Seattle-OPSB), Luke Hume (Narbonne), Seamus Kelly (Cal), Toby L'Estrange (London Welsh), Tim Maupin (Olympic Club), Folau Niua (Glasgow), Mike Petri (NYAC), Blaine Scully (Leicester), Robbie Shaw (London Scottish), Andrew Suniula (London Wasps), Shalom Suniula (Seattle-OPSB), Chris Wyles (Saracens)

11 comments:

  1. Would like to see the following:
    Lamositele
    Thiel
    Wallace
    Smith
    Manoa
    LaValla
    Clever
    Dolan
    Shaw
    L'Estrange
    Maupin
    Niua
    Wyles
    Hume
    Scully

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    1. Is Siddell hurt? I thought Andrew Suniula was playing well

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    2. A. Suniula is a tank, but Niua has better hands and stands in at FH better when the #10 is not in the line.

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    3. I would rather see Shalom at 9 or 10. Just my personal style, no legitimate reason.

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  2. The sooner that Biarritz are done and dusted and Ngwenya goes off to a club that respects us, the better.

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  3. Lamositele
    Thiel
    Wallace
    Smith
    Manoa
    LaValla
    Clever
    Dolan
    Shaw
    L'Estrange
    Hume
    A Suniula
    Niua
    Scully
    Wyles

    Bench
    Coolican
    Fry
    Kilifi
    Stanfill
    Sumison
    Petri
    S Suniula
    Maupin
    It's a pity Ngwenya, Quill and Siddall are not available. Is Tuisamoa with London Welsh yet?

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    1. Ngwenya may never grace Eagle kit again. Quill and Siddall are injured. siddall will be missed. Quill is good, but the quality, height, and weight of the USA #4-8 has increased to a point where he may only ever start from the bench, especially given a few too many cards. Tuisamoa is back at OMBAC per USAR. Probably visa issues, but no one in the know ever talks about that stuff.

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    2. Quill isn't injured. He was in the 23 for London Welsh this weekend.

      Is Goff actually right about Z this time or is he putting bullshit out there like in November?

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    3. Thx, SJ. I'd thought Quill was IR.

      Didn't know Goff thought the same. I read it though and think he's got it close. We could all be wrong or someone could change their mind in the future.

      I do think that ruggers who play only wing or only flanker will find it more difficult to make the MNT than the more versatile type (Manoa, LaValla, Stanfill or Wyles and Scully) in the near future. There are several good to better players in the ranks that can slot in 4-8 or 13-15 and not lose playing consistency. If the Eagles begin to fight their way out of 18th and point the team toward 12th or 13th (the ranking deserving of their unrealized potential), they will require plenty of versatility, size, and speed.

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  4. I would be excited to see Quill get another look. He was playing very well during his time with Dolphin this season. Hopefully he can have the same impact for London Welsh. I understand Nqwenya not wanting to play against the likes of Uruguay (no disrespect to them), but surely another opportunity to make his mark in the World Cup is too enticing to resist.

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  5. With respect to Zee, there was a time when being on a professional contract was a guaranteed spot on the Eagles' roster. That is is simply not the case anymore. We have athletes both domestically and abroad that can excel at Test level.

    That being said, it smells to me that there are some egos at work here, in both directions.

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