Thursday, November 16, 2017

Eagles Pick Starters To Play Germany

The Eagles have picked their starters to play Germany on Saturday. The team has elected to go with a very big forward group as well as some experience off the bench. There are a few surprises but by and large a lot of people keep their traditional places.

With Eric Fry being ruled out with an injury there were questions as to who would start at prop. That's been answered with Ollie Kilifi and Dino Waldren getting the nod. Joe Taufete'e will start at hooker. Joining them in the forwards are Greg Peterson and Nick Civetta at lock. That is a massive lock pairing that should be terrific in the lineout and cause a lot of problems for Germany. Ben Landry, who started at flanker in the Americas Pacific Challenge, keeps that spot and will pair with Tony Lamborn. Some thought Lamborn would have been out with a red card but as TIAR has reported he is free to play. Andrew Durutalo will be the number eight.

Although he is available Samu Manoa is not in the line-up at all for the Eagles. That is a bit surprising given it's been awhile since he played for the team.

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The backs are pretty straightforward. Shaun Davies gets then nod at scrumhalf over Nate Augspurger. AJ MacGinty is the flyhalf. Bryce Campbell and Marcel Brache are the centers. Blaine Scully and Ryan Matyas are the wings. Mike Te'o will be the fullback.

The bench once again will have a lot of power. There are some big bodies among the group including Cam Dolan, Peter Malcolm, Paddy Ryan, and John Quill.

The U.S. will play Germany at 11:00 a.m. et/8:00 a.m. pt on Saturday. It will be shown on The Rugby Channel.

Forwards: Ollie Kilifi, Joe Taufete'e, Dino Waldren, Greg Peterson, Nick Civetta, Ben Landry, Tony Lamborn, Andrew Durutalo

Backs: Shaun Davies, AJ MacGinty, Ryan Matyas, Bryce Campbell, Marcel Brache, Blaine Scully (C), Mike Te'o

Bench: Peter Malcolm, Huluholo Moungoloa, Paddy Ryan, Cam Dolan, John Quill, Nate Augspurger, Will Magie, JP Eloff


  1. Please explain how Tony Lamborn is free to play. He received a 4 match ban from NZRugby on 10/27.

    "Lamborn is suspended from all rugby for his next four matches"

  2. A perfect example of how much a joke the rugby judiciary is. Tony Lamborn was involved in a melee that resulted in the aforementioned 4 match ban and as I stated above he was "SUSPENDED FROM ALL RUGBY FOR HIS NEXT FOUR MATCHES".

    His infraction occurred on 10/14. Somehow he is deemed eligible for this weekends Test match.

    This from NZ Rugby...

    "I can confirm that Tony Lamborn has now served his suspension resulting from a red card incident on 15 October 2017 (Hawke’s Bay v Manawatu). This suspension concluded on 12 November 2017.

    The games this player was unavailable for selection in due to the aforementioned suspension were overseas fixtures in the US. This was all information presented during the judicial proceedings arising out of the red card incident and duly considered by the Judicial Officer presiding over the proceedings."

    Given the above, this player is now able to play rugby either in our jurisdiction or for another National Union".

    You have got to be farking kidding me - somebody please tell me which fixtures Lamborn was scheduled to play in the US on 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 and 11/11.