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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Eagles June Squad Positional Breakdown


With the Eagles having made changes to their roster ahead of the June internationals we though we'd breakdown the squad by position and mention some notable omissions.

Prop: David Ainuu, Chris Baumann, Eric Fry, Ollie Kilifi, Titi Lamositele, Paul Mullen

The Eagles will roll out six props for three matches. Titi Lamositele and Chris Baumann look to lead the bunch while David Ainuu and Paul Mullen will get a chance. Eric Fry and Ollie Kilifi are in the mix with something to prove. Fry hasn't been around the Eagles much over the last year but has earned solid time in France and this could be his big push to get back in the line-up. No major omissions here other than Dino Waldren (injured) and the likes of young players Angus MacLellan and Mason Pedersen not getting a look.

Hooker: Dylan Fawsitt, James Hilterbrand, Joe Taufete'e

The hooker combination looks to be steady as well. The big omission here is Peter Malcolm but with only room for three props he misses out. This should be Joe Taufete'e's starting spot to lose.

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Lock: Nick Civetta, Samu Manoa*, Siaosi Mahoni, Ben Landry*

Things get a little bit more complicated in the locks. Samu Manoa, Siaosi Mahoni, and Ben Landry are all natural locks but have played elsewhere. It would not shock us to see either Landry or Manoa move to the back-row. The big name missing here is Nate Brakeley. He has formed a solid partnership with Nick Civetta but is left off the roster. The other name not in the line-up is Greg Peterson but coming off a year of injury it makes sense to have him recuperate this summer. We think it's a Civetta and Manoa partnership.

Back-row: Cam Dolan, Hanco Germishuys, Tony Lamborn, John Quill, David Tameilau*

As we just mentioned above there are a few players that can play in both the back-row and the locks. Of the true back-row options available there are five very good players to choose from. If we had to pick starters now we'd go with Tony Lamborn, John Quill, and Cam Dolan. There are always good players that get left off the back-row. The U.S. has an abundance of strong players right now.

Scrumhalf: Nate Augspurger****, Shaun Davies, Ruben de Haas

No surprises here. The battle will be between Nate Augspurger and Shaun Davies as to who will start. Also given the lack of wing options it wouldn't be a surprise to see Augspurger slide out there.

Flyhalf: AJ MacGinty, Will Hooley, Will Magie**

After years of searching for a flyhalf the Eagles are now suddenly very strong at the position. AJ MacGinty is the number one starter and Will Hooley looked very strong during the ARC but so did Will Magie. It is going to be a battle but the fact that Magie can play in the centers or at fullback is a big plus for him. The only omission here is James Bird who looks to be done for the future.

Center: Marcel Brache****, Bryce Campbell, Paul Lasike

The Eagles have some good options in the centers with not only the three listed above but also Will Magie and Dylan Audsley being able to slide into position. A player we see missing out is Thretton Palamo. He has had some difficulty with his health so it shouldn't be too surprising he is not there.

Wing: Ryan Matyas, Blaine Scully

As we mentioned above the Eagles don't have a lot of natural wings this summer. Expect to see some different faces in there. Notably they are missing the 7s guys like Maka Unufe and Martin Iosefo who might be in the picture.

Fullback: Dylan Audsley**, Ben Cima***

The most notable absence here is Mike Te'o who is injured. We like Audsley in this position as well as Cima because they have great boots.

*can play either lock or back-row
**can also play center
***can also play flyhalf
****can also play wing

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