Friday, October 6, 2017

Selects Starters Picked To Play Samoa

The USA Selects have been picked for their match against Samoa A tomorrow. Overall it's a very experienced line-up with a number of caps throughout the squad. Peter Malcolm leads the team as captain and in the front-row he'll be joined by Alex Maughan and Angus MacLellan. The return of MacLellan should be big. He's battled injuries but is seen as a long-term prospect. In the locks Matt Jensen has an increasing number of caps and he'll be paired with SFGG stalwart Brendan Daly. The back-row has Hanco Germishuys, Aladdin Schirmer, and Jack Kaka. This is going to be a major tournament for Germishuys if he wants more playing time with the first team.

In the backs Ben Cima gets the nod at flyhalf. He'll join up with young Ruben de Haas at scrumhalf. The centers bring some of the most experience to the team with Bryce Campbell and Tim Maupin. Zach Pangelinan is back to earn a spot along with Mitch Wilson and Martini Talapusi to complete the back three.

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The bench has a set of players looking to make their first impact, including Psalm Wooching. It does have two experienced players in JP Eloff and Lemoto Filikitonga.

The match starts at 10:30 a.m. et/7:30 a.m. pt and can be seen on The Rugby Channel.

Forwards: Alex Maughan, Peter Malcolm (C), Angus MacLellan, Matt Jensen, Brendan Daly, Hanco Germishuys, Aladdin Schirmer, Jack Kaka

Backs: Ruben de Haas, Ben Cima, Zach Pangelinan, Bryce Campbell, Tim Maupin, Mitch Wilson, Martini Talapusi

Bench: Alex Vorster, Chance Wenglewski, Huluholo Moungaloa, Brendan Hardiman, Psalm Wooching, Holden Yungert, JP Eloff, Lemoto Filikitonga

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