Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Eagles Bring In Reinforcements, To Hold Open Training

Photo: Dave Stephenson

As we noted earlier in the week the Eagles have some changes in their camp roster. Needing reinforcements head coach John Mitchell has called in veterans Eric Fry, John Quill, and up and coming David Tameilau as well as Langilangi Haupeakui and Sione Sina. All five of those players have ties to Sacramento or Northern California. Fry is from the city while Quill, Haupeakui, and Sina play for the Express. Tameilau of course plays for San Francisco.

Some of those players may be a stretch to make the game day squad but with the Eagles having some struggled in the scrum Fry looks like a good fit (UPDATE: It looks like neither Fry nor Quill are being considered for Saturday's match, just for training.) Tameilau was the Eagles best player at the ARC so he had a good shot of making his way back into the team. Haupeakui and Sina are interesting prospects and both have been good for Sacramento this season. Haupeakui has loads of potential while Sina has been watched since his time at Cal.

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Also coming into the team as reported earlier is Luke Hume. James King came in at the end of last week. Another player staying that was previously thought to be heading back to 7s camp is Thretton Palamo. That will be a good boost to the Eagles center group.

Heading out this week is Andrew Durutalo, as previously reported. Taku Ngwenya and Greg Peterson have been officially ruled out due to injury. Also not available this week is James Bird who is headed back to New York for work.

"It's not ideal when you're doing team scenarios that we're short on numbers," Head Coach John Mitchell said in a U.S.A. Rugby press release. "I asked [Sacramento Express Head Coach] Luke Gross which players have the potential for us to have a look and that we could use, and he kindly offered the players.

"We're in a city where there's a PRO team, so it's logical to work together and give people a taste of the culture. It helps our preparation, and secondly it allows us to get in front of the guys we actually have our eye on. PRO will be beneficial to Eagles preparation in the long run because it means you can select in-form players and players who, over time, will be in excellent condition."


Eric Fry (Unattached)
John Quill (Sacramento)
Langilangi Haupeakui (Sacramento)
Sione Sina (Sacramento)
David Tameilau (San Francisco)
Luke Hume (Old Blue)


Greg Peterson (injury)
Taku Ngwneya (injury)
James Bird (work)
Andrew Durutalo (7s)

Open Training

Both the Eagles and Russia will hold open trainings this week ahead of Saturday's match. The Eagles will be available to view on Thursday at 10:45 a.m. at Jesuit High School. Russia will have their training the same day but at 7:00 p.m. at Mills Middle School.

WHAT: USA Rugby Open Training
WHEN: Thursday, June 23 at 10:45 a.m.
WHERE: Jesuit High School
1200 Jacob Lane
Carmichael, CA 95608

WHAT: Rugby Union of Russia Open Training
WHEN: Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Mills Middle School
10439 Coloma Road
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

1 comment:

  1. Sheez, it seems that the powers that be could have lined up something better than a middle school for the Russians.