Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Who Will Start For The Eagles Against Canada?

Photo: Colleen McCloskey

Keeping in our tradition of being way off with our guess at who will start for the Eagles each week we take a guess at who starts against Canada.

Prop: Chris Baumann, Tony Purpura, Ben Tarr, Dino Waldren, Ollie Kilifi

Alex Maughan has left camp as schedule and Ollie Kilifi has come in. This is a big camp for Kilifi. If he wants to get back in the Eagles picture for the summer he is going to need to perform well. He's done that in the past and he's going to get the chance again. That said, this week we think it comes off the bench with Chris Baumann and Tony Purpura rotating back into the starting spots. Dino Waldren is our other sub over Ben Tarr.

Hooker: James Hilterbrand, Peter Malcolm

This position has flipped the last two weeks but we think it doesn't flip this week. We think that Hilterbrand starts with Malcolm starting against Chile next week.

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Lock: David Tameilau, Cam Dolan, Nate Brakeley, Nick Civetta, Todd Clever, Siaosi Mahoni

Head coach John Mitchell continues to have Nate Brakeley and Nick Civetta available so our guess is he goes with them once again. He has more options this week with players like Tameilau, Dolan, Clever, and Mahoni all available but it's hard to not see Brakeley and Civetta starting.

Back-row: David Tameilau, Cam Dolan, Todd Clever, Tony Lamborn, John Quill

Just like it past weeks this depends a lot on what is done with the locks. With Brakeley and Civetta likely to start in the locks we think that Tony Lamborn, Cam Dolan, and John Quill all start this weekend. Lamborn and Quill have been solid so far and Dolan has now had a week in camp. Lack of time in camp is why we think David Tameilau is on the bench. Todd Clever was a big player off the bench last week and that's a role we think suits him going forward.

Scrumhalf: Nate Augspurger, Shaun Davies

Mitchell has a choice to make at scrumhalf. Both Augspurger and Davies started one match each. We think they rotate again with Augspurger getting the start.

Fly-half: Will Magie, Ben Cima

This is another position that Mitchell has flipped from one week to the next. According to that it should be Cima's turn to start. We think he could start once again namely because we think Magie gets a runout at fullback. Magie was good at kicking with ball in hand while Cima was better from the tee. Additionally, if Mitchell wants to sub Cima out Magie can slide over.

Center: Bryce Campbell, JP Eloff, Ryan Matyas

It doesn't look like the centers are going to get shuffled around too much this week. It's always possible you could see someone like Matyas or Te'o slide in here but both Campbell and Eloff did well last week.

Wing: Spike Davis, Ryan Matyas, Deion Mikesell, Peter Tiberio, Andrew Turner, Luke Hume, Nate Augspurger

Mitchell once again has options here. Davis and and Augspurger started last week and that could happen again but we think that some new players will get a run out. Luke Hume is into the team this week. It's always hard to keep him off the roster. Deion Mikesell did really well in his limited minutes last week. If we had to pick we'd go with Davis and Mikesell getting the start.

Fullback: Mike Te'o, Will Magie

As we mentioned earlier, we think that Magie gets a chance here this week. He's proven to be one of the better players so far and Te'o needs a rest after two straight weeks. He also has struggled in some facets at fullback and it could be time to try someone new.


  1. Luke Hume is a good strike runner. He would be a great sub to bring on for the last 20-30 minutes. I'm also curious to see Turner play, since not much is known about him.

  2. I think shifty Nate will be starting #9. He is quicker to the breakdown and that's what they need most against Canada. He also has that play making ability which he showed in both the Uruguay and Brazil match.

  3. Augspurger is quicker to the breakdown but he is slower to distribute, so it's a toss up there. I really think Augspurgers best spot is on the wing. I would really like to see Madison Hughes play #9 once he comes into the fold later this year.

    1. Hughes is not going to stay on the 7s circuit?

    2. He will stay with 7s. But 7s will be done in May, so I expect he will be involved during the June internationals and WC qualifiers. He will probably be available in November too, like he was last year. The way the 7s season is structured (December to May), opens up the15s schedule for the 7s players for the latter half of the year.