Wednesday, September 20, 2017

USA Selects Picked For APC

Last year's captains with Joe Taufete'e representing the Selects.
A mixed squad of young players and players with Eagles experiences has been selected to play for the USA Selects at the Americas Pacific Challenge in Uruguay next month. With the Eagles without a coach at the moment Scott Lawrence has stepped up to fill in. Overall, it's a squad that should be competitive with the experience on the roster but one that can blood new players, which is exactly what you want out of a development tournament.

Players returning with full caps to their name include Alex Maughan, Paddy Ryan, and Angus MacLellan in the props, Peter Malcolm at hooker, Matt Jensen and Ben Landry at lock, and Hanco Germishuys at flanker.  In the backs capped players include Ben Cima, Bryce Campbell, Zach Pangelinan, JP Eloff, and Tim Maupin. For Maupin it's a return to the team after a long stretch of non-selections under John Mitchell.

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Development players on the roster include solid prospects like Psalm Wooching from Seattle, Kelepi Fifita from Glendale, and Ruben De Haas from Little Rock. There is also a strong college presence on the team, including a number of veterans from BYU.

Rounding out the team is a group of "home based" players that will be called in if injury strikes.

The tournament starts on October 7th with the U.S. playing Samoa A. They will play Uruguay A on October 11th and Canada A on October 15th.

Prop: Huluholo Moungaloa (Life West), Kelepi Fifita (Glendale Raptors), Alex Maughan (Life), Paddy Ryan (Unattached), Angus MacLellan (Chicago Lions)

Hooker: Peter Malcolm (Austin Huns), Alex Vorster (BYU)

Lock: Matt Jensen (BYU), Brendan Hardiman (SFGG), Ben Landry (Glendale Raptors), Brendan Daly (SFGG)

Back-row: Jack Kaka (BYU), Aladdin Schirmer (Seattle Saracens), Psalm Wooching (Seattle Saracens), Hanco Germishuys (Austin Huns)

Scrumhalf: Ruben De Haas (Little Rock Stormers), Holden Yungert (St. Mary's)

Flyhalf: Ben Cima (Rocky Gorge), Mike McCarthy (St. Mary's)

Center: Bryce Campbell (Glendale Raptors), Lemoto Filikitonga (SFGG), Josh Whippy (BYU), Martini Talapusi (Life West)

Wing: Zach Pangelinan (OMBAC),  Tim Maupin (St. Mary's College)

Fullback: Mitch Wilson (Life), JP Eloff (Chicago Lions)

Home Reserves: Chance Wengleski (Lindenwood/Prop), Jacob Final (SFGG/Hooker), John Hayden (Seattle/Prop), Siaosi Mahoni (Narbonne/Lock), Maciu Koroi (Life/Back-row), Devereaux Ferris (Life West/Scrumhalf), Kalai Konrad (OMBAC/Flyhalf), Vetekina Malafu (Kutztown/Wing), Lorenzo Thomas (Lindenwood/Wing), Marcus Tupuola (Notre Dame College/Wing)


  1. Interesting to see Wooching listed in the backrow. Such depth there already.

    1. Considering he has been play outside center for Seattle it is very interesting.