Friday, February 12, 2016

Eagles Make Changes To Face Canada

Eagles head coach John Mitchell has made a number of changes from the team he put out against Argentina last week for this Saturday's match against Canada. Only Eric Fry, Chris Baumann, Brodie Orth, Todd Clever, David Temeilau, James Bird, Kingsley McGowan, Lemoto Filikitonga, and Chad London keep their places.

Coming into the team and gaining their first caps* are Mike Sosene-Feagai at hooker, Ben Landry at lock, Nate Brakeley at flanker, Mike Te'o at scrumhalf, and Jake Anderson at fullback. Luke Hume, who is no stranger to the team, returns after a long injury absence and will be a solid veteran presence in the back. Many of the changes to the team were forced as most European professionals went back to their clubs.

*Last week's match wasn't a capped match so the likes of Orth, Tameilau, Te'o, Bird, McGowan, Filikitong, and Anderson will all technically gain their first caps this weekend despite playing last weekend.

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Captaining the team for the match is Clever with Fry and Filikitonga as vice-captains. "We want to grow the leadership group," Mitchell said in a U.S.A. Rugby press release. "It's not just about one person – he needs to be supported by others. We have some diversity in our group, as well. Shared leadership, a sort of co-captaincy, is something that suits certain groups these days and we have the right people to help the younger players through something that's new for them."

"The way we think now is actually about creating a team mix as we're not in a position where we know what our No. 1 team is, it's a matter of developing the depth and making sure we get to see everyone under pressure.

"We've got five matches [in the competition], so obviously we want people fresh in there, as well. We don't want to tailor off; we want to get better as we go – physically, mentally, and in rugby performance."

As always with Canada you can expect a fiery match, especially since the U.S. have won the last three encounters. The match starts at 7:00 p.m. et/4:00 p.m. pt tomorrow.

Forwards: Eric Fry, Mike Sosene-Feagai, Chris Baumann, Brodie Orth, Ben Landry, Nate Brakeley, Todd Clever, David Tameilau

Backs: Mike Te'o, James Bird, Kingsley McGowan, Lemoto Filikitonga, Chad London, Luke Hume, Jake Anderson

Bench: Joe Taufete'e, Ollie Kilifi, James Hilterbrand, Pat Blair, Alec Gletzer, Niku Kruger, JP Eloff, Mike Garrity


  1. Is the game at 830 now? or is this a mistake?

  2. Mistake on our part. Correct time is now in the article.