Saturday, June 11, 2016

San Diego, Ohio Name Starters

With the summer internationals underway PRO Rugby rosters are being impacted with some teams having to change out several players. That's especially true for San Diego who have lost their entire front-row. Jake Ilnicki and Hubert Buydens are with Canada this weekend as they play Japan (Ilnicki will start) while Joe Taufete'e is in camp with the Eagles. That means that young All-American Mason Peterson will get his first start alongside Epi Kalamani at prop and Mike Sosene-Feagai will start at hooker. In the backs Ryan Matyas, Pono Haitsuka, and Kalai Konrad will all get starts with Phil Mackenzie, Mike Te'o, and Taku Ngwenya away.

Ohio aren't as hard hit by international call-ups as San Diego but they are missing some players. Angus MacLellan is in Eagles camp. He'll be replaced by Demecus Beach at prop. Kyle Baillie is away and starting with Canada today. He's replaced by Ryan McTiernan. Shaun Davies, who has been in Eagles camp was released for the weekend and will be on the bench. In other changes on the team Taylor Howden will get his chance at fly-half while Dominic Waldouck starts at center with Riekert Hattingh also making his debut.

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The match starts at 3:00 p.m. et/12:00 p.m. pt on and One World Sports.

San Diego

Forwards: Mason Peterson, Mike Sosene-Feagai, Epi Kalamani, Nikola Bursic, Tai Tuisamoa, Chris Turori, Cecil Garber, Sione Tuihalamaka

Backs: Charlie Purdon, Kurt Morath, Tim Stanfill, Andrew Suniula, Ryan Matyas, Pono Haitsuka, Kalei Konrad

Bench: Kakalea Pule, Brice Schilling, Ian Carpenter, David Dolinar, Bruce Thomas, Zach Pangelinan, Arnold Meredith, Ben Leatigaga


Forwards: Jaime Mackintosh, Dylan Fawsitt, Demecus Beach, Pierce Dargan, Ryan McTiernan, Felippo Ferrarini, Sebastian Kalm, Riekert Hattingh

Backs: Robbie Shaw, Taylor Howden, Alex Elkins, Matt Hughston, Dominic Waldouck, Aaron Davis, Allen Hanson

Bench: Dominic Pezzutti, Peter Malcolm, Zack Stryffeler, Shaun Davies, Chris Kunkel, Derrek Van Klein, Ryan Cochran, Ahmad Harajly

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