Thursday, February 15, 2018

Eagles Name Starters To Face Chile

Photo: Connie Hatfield
The Eagles have named their starting line-up for their final home match of the Americas Rugby Championship. Head coach Gary Gold hasn't rung in too many changes with those changes mostly coming as a result of players heading back to their European clubs. In the forwards Huluholo Moungaloa comes on in place of Titi Lamositele who is back with Saracens. James Hilterbrand comes in for Joe Taufete'e at hooker. Taufete'e was set to go back to Worcester anyway but also suffered a leg injury last week. One surprise in the forwards is Dino Waldren who has yet to head back to London Scottish.

Another change in the forward has Ben Landry playing at lock alongside Nate Brakeley. Nick Civetta went back to his club. Also starting is Psalm Wooching who will get a chance at flanker. Throwing him out against Chile is probably the most optimal time to test him out. Also starting in the back-row is Tony Lamborn and Cam Dolan.

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In the backs there is just one change. Blaine Scully has gone back to Cardiff and in his place is Josh Whippy. On the bench Dylan Fawsitt will get his chance along with Tony Purpura, Brendan Daly, Malon Al-Jiboori, Ruben de Haas, Ben Cima, and Paul Lasike. The only player to have made an appearance so far in the ARC is Angus MacLellan.

The U.S. plays Chile on Saturday in Fullerton, California at 5:00 p.m. et/2:00 p.m. pt.

Forwards: Huluholo Moungaloa, James Hilterbrand, Dino Waldren, Nate Brakeley, Ben Landry, Psalm Wooching, Tony Lamborn, Cam Dolan

Backs: Nate Augspurger, Will Magie, Ryan Matyas, Bryce Campbell, Dylan Audsley, Josh Whippy, Mike Te'o

Bench: Dylan Fawsitt, Tony Purpura, Angus MacLellan, Brendan Daly, Malon Al-Jiboori, Ruben de Haas, Ben Cima, Paul Lasike


  1. I'm excited to see de Haas and Lasike get some time.

  2. De Haas and Lasike both looked good today- accurate, quick passing from the 21, and tough, hard running and tackling from Lasike. Wow, and what a treat to see 2 debutantes get tries. Psalm had a great match, too- what a tough kid.
    Right now at 9, I'd put Davies #1, de Haas #2.