Thursday, February 16, 2017
Eagles Picked To Play Canada
Eagles head coach John Mitchell continues to shift around his line-up as he experiments ahead of their match against Canada on Saturday. Todd Clever returns as captain while several other players that started against Uruguay in week one return.
In the forwards Tony Purpura and Chris Baumann return as the props while Peter Malcolm gets the nod at hooker. This is the same line-up as against Uruguay. Ben Tarr, Dino Waldren, and James Hilterbrand started last week and all are on the bench this week. Nate Brakeley and Nick Civetta will start in the locks for the third week in a row.
Rounding out the forwards are Clever, Tony Lamborn and Cam Dolan. Lamborn started last week and was one of the best players on the pitch for the Eagles while Clever and Dolan provided power off the bench. Mitchell had some choices in the forwards this week with the arrival of David Tameilau, who is on the bench along with John Quill and Siaosi Mahoni. Mahoni could make his Eagles debut.
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The backs have less change. The only change has Ryan Matyas coming in on the wing. Nate Augspurger keeps the other wing spot while Mike Te'o remains at fullback. JP Eloff and Bryce Campbell will be the centers once again. Shaun Davies starts at scrumhalf while Will Magie gets the nod over Ben Cima. There are only two backs reserves this week in the form of Cima and Spike Davis.
Forwards: Tony Purpura, Peter Malcolm, Chris Baumann, Nate Brakeley, Nick Civetta, Todd Clever (C), Tony Lamborn, Cam Dolan
Backs: Shaun Davies, Will Magie, Nate Augspurger, JP Eloff, Bryce Campbell, Ryan Matyas, Mike Te'o
Bench: James Hilterbrand, Dino Waldren, Ben Tarr, Siaosi Mahoni, John Quill, David Tameilau, Ben Cima, Spike Davis