Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Mitchell Names Eagles ARC Squad

Eagles head coach John Mitchell has named his squad for the upcoming Americas Rugby Championship. Like last year it's a broad squad with a number of different players having availability for different matches. In total there are 35 players of which only 26 will be in camp at a time. 17 players, including Nate Augspurger, Chris Baumann, Todd Clever, Tony Lamborn and the likes of Ben Cima, Shaun Davies, and Spike Davis have been called in for all five matches.

AJ MacGinty and Blaine Scully have also been called in but they will only play in the opener against Uruguay before heading back to Europe. Other European-based players in the team include Nick Civetta (only the Uruguay and Brazil matches), Cam Dolan (all but Uruguay), and David Tameilau (Canada, Chile, and Argentina).

The squad is notable for the number of younger players that will get a taste. With Cima, JP Eloff, and Will Magie all getting a chance for all five matches there appears to be a battle for back-up fly-half duties behind MacGinty. Additionally, Davies is going to get a crack at scrumhalf to see if he can beat out Augspurger. Other recently All-Americans include Bryce Campbell, Peter Malcolm, Ben Tarr, Matt Jensen, and Calvin Whiting.

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It also appears that the net has been cast wide to find a solid prop pairing. Titi Lamositele has been left with Saracens while Joe Taufete'e has been left with Worcester but in camp are the likes of Tarr, Chris Baumann, Tony Purpura, Demecus Beach, Dino Waldren, Alex Maughan, and Ollie Kilifi. That's a lot of players to get a look at and you would think that Mitchell is going to be looking at all, some possibly for the final time before moving on.

Similar to last year there are a number of veterans on the team as well. Todd Clever will continue to add to his all-time cap total while Tony Lamborn, Baumann, John Quill, Al McFarland, and Luke Hume are no strangers to the team. The same goes for Zack Test.

The Eagles head into camp next week ahead of their match against Uruguay in San Antonio on February 4th.

All Five: Nate Augspurger, Chris Baumann, Bryce Campbell, Ben Cima, Todd Clever, Shaun Davies, Spike Davis, JP Eloff, James Hilterbrand, Tony Lamborn, Will Magie, Siaosi Mahoni, Peter Malcolm, Tony Purpura, Ben Tarr, Mike Te'o, Zack Test

Uruguay: AJ MacGinty, Blaine Scully

Uruguay & Brazil: Nick Civetta, Alex Maughan, Al McFarland

Uruguay, Brazil, & Canada: Nate Brakeley, Ryan Matyas, John Quill, Dino Waldren

Brazil, Canada, Chile, & Argentina: Cam Dolan, Andrew Turner

Canada, Chile, Argentina: Ollie Kilifi, David Tameilau

Canada & Chile: Luke Hume

Chile & Argentina: Demecus Beach, Hanco Germishuys, Matt Jensen, Calvin Whiting


  1. Prop will be an interesting position to watch. Outside of Baumann (who has quickly established himself as a first choice prop with Lamositele) and Kilifi, there is a lot of unknown. Beach got destroyed in the scrums at the ARC last year (healthy sub 30 mins into a match). I will have to keep my eye on Waldren as he has gotten some press lately.

    There may be competition for the backup #10 position, but Cima has the most potential. Magie is steady and I'm curious to see him perform on the international stage. Eloff probably plays 12 (like he would have in June had he not been injured). Augspurger grows into #9 each game, but Davies is a talent. I still would really like to see Madison Hughes in the #9 jersey though.

  2. Would like to see MacGinty and Eloff next to each other. Don't think you will get another combination with attacking and kicking abilities like these two together in the 10, 12 spots. Sure they will keep the defensive side guessing all the time. Also 2 of the best tacklers you will get on this level

  3. Anyone know why the following players are omitted (injury, unavailable or just not picked)McClellan, Blair, Pinkelman, Tomasin, Lorenzo Thomas, Pedersen? I figure they'd be in the mix for World Cup 2019 and need all the experience they can get.