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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Capped Eagles To Lead USA Selects At APC

Press Release

Head Coach Scott Lawrence has named his 27 Men's Selects (15s) for the Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 (APC), taking place Oct. 6-14 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Of the 27 athletes selected, 10 return from the 2017 tournament, 11 are capped Men's National Team players and four are 2018 1st Team All-Americans (15s) named from the recent Men's Collegiate All-American Selection Camp. Together, the Selects will face Tonga A, Uruguay XV and reigning two-time champion Argentina XV as they strive to topple their runner-up finish from the previous year.

Broadcast information for the 6-team Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 will be announced closer to date.

"The makeup of this year's touring squad is an exciting evolution leading into a World Cup year," said Head Coach Scott Lawrence. "Not only are there a handful of current Eagles that we're looking to build cohesion with, there are also a number of new Major League Rugby and Varsity collegiate athletes that have the film and the metrics to back up their inclusion."

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The Men's Selects bring an accomplished group of players to the developmental tournament; allowing emerging talent to learn both from the structure of the competition and their peers. The 2017 tournament itself saw three Selects move on to become capped Men's National Team players.

Among them, are none other than Psalm Wooching and Brendan Daly who will both feature again this October.

Men's Eagle Hanco Germishuys joins the two, as well, having scored an instrumental try in the United States' June upset over then No. 6 Scotland. Germishuys also appeared at last year's APC, having already earned his first cap.

Experience and new flair combine with the addition of four of this year's 1st Team Men's Collegiate All-Americans (MCAAs), including Alex Maughan, Chance Wenglewski, Mitch Wilson and JP Eloff. Maughan represents both the capped Eagle and All-American sides of the squad.

The Men's Selects will begin training camp for the third annual Americas Pacific Challenge later this month, adapting to the warm climate in Fort Lauderdale as a key part of preparation.

The 6-team tournament -- which also includes Canada A and Samoa A -- will begin on Oct. 6 with the U.S. facing Tonga A at 12:30 PM ET. Uruguay XV and Argentina XV will follow, after which the team with the most points in the first-past-the-post competition will be named champion.

2018 USA Men's Selects Roster



Player Name
Position
Club
Notes
Dylan Audsley
Center
San Diego Legion
Men's Eagle
Nick Boyer
Scrumhalf
San Diego Legion
Nate Brakeley
Lock
New York Athletic
Men's Eagle
Brendan Daly
Flanker
San Francisco Golden Gate
Men's Eagle
Cam Falcon
Hooker
NOLA Gold
Devereaux Ferris
Scrumhalf
Life West Gladiators
Kelepi Fifita
Prop
Glendale Raptors
Hanco Germishuys
Flanker
Austin Elite
Men's Eagle
John Hayden
Prop
unattached
Matt Jensen
Lock
Utah Warriors
Men's Eagle
Conor Kearns
Flyhalf
San Diego Legion
Olive Kilifi
Prop
Seattle Seawolves
Men's Eagle
Taylor Krumrei
Lock
Seattle Seawolves
Mika Kruse
Center
Glendale Raptors
Tadhg Leader
Flyhalf
San Diego Legion
Ryan Matyas
Wing
San Diego Legion
Men's Eagle
Alex Maughan
Hooker
Life University
Men's Eagle & 1st Team All-American
Tim Maupin
Wing
NOLA Gold
Men's Eagle
Pat O'Toole
Hooker
San Diego Legion
Thomas Robles
No. 8
unattached
Anthony Salaber
Center
San Diego Legion
Vili Toluta'u
Flanker
Seattle Seawolves
Men's Eagle
Chance Wenglewski
Prop
Lindenwood University
1st Team Collegiate All-American
Mitch Wilson
Fullback
Life University
1st Team Collegiate All-American
Psalm Wooching
Flanker
unattached
Men's Eagle
JP lLoff
Center
NOLA Gold
Holden Yungert
Scrumhalf
NOLA Gold



USA Men's Selects Staff

Head Coach | Scott Lawrence
Assistant Coach | David Williams
Assistant Coach | Blake Bradford
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Marc Kowalsky
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Santiago Aguirre
Team Manager & Operations | Kevin McCorry II


Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 Schedule

Montevideo, Uruguay


vs Tonga A
Sat, Oct. 6 - 12:30 PM ET


vs Uruguay XV
Wed, Oct. 10 - 12:30 PM ET


vs Argentina XV
Sun, Oct. 14 - 12:30 PM ET


*Schedule subject to change; broadcast information confirmed closer to date.

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