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Friday, February 26, 2016

Eagles Change Starters For Brazil


Eagles head coach John Mitchell has rung in the changes as his team gets set to take on Brazil tomorrow. Coming in to the team are recent reinforcements James King, Aladdin Schirmer, and Andrew Suniula. King and Schirmer will help form nearly a completely new back-row with only David Tameilau keeping his spot. Also in the forwards, Brodie Orth and Ben Landry keep their places on the team after strong starts against Chile.

The props are changed with Eric Fry getting a rest and Chris Baumann injured. Demecus Beach from Life and Ollie Kilifi from Seattle will be the props while Joe Taufete'e is the hooker. In addition to starting, Kilifi will be the captain in place of Todd Clever who is back in England. For Beach it will be a big opportunity to show that he can break in as a first team regular over the next cycle.

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There are also changes in the backs. Niku Kruger will start at scrumhalf once again as Tom Bliss is rested from a knock. James Bird will resume his spot at fly-half. In the match against Argentina and the first half against Canada Bird looked every bit the part as AJ MacGinty's back-up over the next few years. The team will also need his kicking in Brazil.

Andrew Suniula pairs up with Mike Garrity in the centers while Ryan Matyas and Kingsley McGowan are the wings. Jake Anderson is the fullback.

On the bench with the potential to earn his first cap is Hanco Germishuys. Fry, Mike Sosene-Feagai, Mike Te'o, JP Eloff, Tim Stanfill, and Chad London are also on the bench.

Forwards: Demecus Beach, Joe Taufete'e, Ollie Kilifi (C), Brodie Orth, Ben Landry, James King, Aladdin Schirmer, David Tameilau

Backs: Niku Kruger, James Bird, Ryan Matyas, Andrew Suniula, Mike Garrity, Kingsley McGowan, Jake Anderson

Bench: Cam Falcon, Eric Fry, Mike Sosene-Feagai, Hanco Germishuys, Mike Te'o, JP Eloff, Tim Stanfill, Chad London

10 comments:

  1. Why should Bird or Eloff be viewed as back up's? It is that sort of entitlement that led to a lack of competition at key positions with the prior coach. My question is why were neither of these guys given a look for the WC? I hope Mitchell breeds a culture where performance dictates selection. Not one player on the squad is so good they should assume automatic selection.

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    1. Bird isn't quite the running that that MacGinty is. That is why he is viewed as more of a backup. Eloff on the other hand is an interesting prospect. He is dynamic.

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  2. Just loving all the new names. Gotta give them a shot to see what they can do. Hopefully we can find another few gems.

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  3. Bird is a quality decision maker and kicks well from hand and from the tee. The problem is that he is not a threat with ball in hand. I know he has to take what is given to him, but if he can't make a few line breaks vs. Brazil, I'd be pretty concerned.

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  4. I dont think anyone is saying they are guaranteed back ups to AJ but I dont think there is much of argument that AJ is the go to starter right now based on performance. I am excited to see all these new names as well!

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  5. I would also like to see JP have a run at center and I hope to never see Te'o play scrumhalf ever again.

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    1. Why not Teo? He is a beast out there.

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    2. Because Teo isn't capable of playing test-level scrumhalf, as he amply demonstrated earlier in the ARC

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  6. Bird may be slower and chubbier than the other two - but the bloke pulls the most chicks

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  7. Why does Teo have to be on the bench? He is a beast out there!!!

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