Sponsor: Irish Rugby Tours

Sponsor: Glendale 7s

Monday, June 13, 2016

Eagles Trim Camp Roster

Head coach John Mitchell has trimmed his camp roster down to 28. Shaun Davies, Ollie Kilifi, Deion Mikesell, Brodie Orth, and Aladdin Schirmer have been released to head back to their clubs or colleges. Davies already spent last weekend playing for Ohio against San Diego. The releases see some positions get thinner in camp. With Davies gone that leaves Nate Augspurger, Shalom Suniula, and Mike Te'o as options. Peter Tiberio and Steve Tomasin call also fill in.

At prop with the departure of Kilifi that leaves Chris Baumann, Titi Lamositele, Angus MacLellan, and Ben Tarr as options. Tom Coolican and Joe Taufete'e can also fill in if needed. For Orth and Schirmer the depth at lock and back-row meant they probably weren't going to see much time. Mikesell is still young and even if he didn't make it the experience will be a positive for him.

Take the jump to read more.
Here is who is left in camp broken down by position (bear in mind that players can play multiple positions):

Prop: Chris Baumann, Titi Lamositele, Angus MacLellan, Ben Tarr

Hooker: Tom Coolican, James Hilterbrand, Joe Taufete'e

Lock: Greg Peterson, Nate Brakeley

Back-row: Todd Clever, Cam Dolan, Andrew Durutalo, Harry Higgins, James King, Tony Lamborn

Scrumhalf: Nate Augspurger, Shalom Suniula, Mike Te'o

Fly-half: AJ MacGinty, James Bird, Peter Tiberio

Center: Chad London, Thretton Palamo, Seth Halliman, Steve Tomasin

Wing: Taku Ngwenya, Luke Hume Blaine Scully

Fullback: Will Holder


  1. You mention Tomasin in the article but not in the roster which does sum to 28. Was he released also?

    1. No. Some of the 7s players are sticking around.

  2. I just don't get how Davies isn't the first choice scrum half? Who is playing better Rugby than him at the moment? Teo and ausbuerger have barely played any #9 lately. What am I missing?

    1. I think you make a valid point. The only thing I can think of is all of the players still in camp at 9 can also play other positions. Davies really cant play any other positions. That still doesnt explain it in my opinion just thought I would point that out.

    2. Sometimes, it isn't about an individual player's level of play...

      Davies has been playing solid club rugby since his BYU years. He has rarely been included on Eagles squads with regularity or consistency, though. So, he may seem "in form" to us MMFHs, but to the NT coaching staff a player is not meeting an expectation.

    3. agreed Davies is the best #9 we have at the moment who can also kick. Teo is shit at scrummy and I haven't seen anything from Ausbuerger.

  3. Teo is likely the third choice #9. My guess is he slots in as the #2 fullback or as a winger. I can see keeping Augspurger as the Sevens players that have come into the 15s side end up performing very well. Take Durutalo and Zach Test as example at the World Cup. I would really like to see Madison Hughes get some time in the #9 jersey. Hopefully that will happen after the Olympics.

    1. It would be nice to see Madison Hughes play some 15s