Changes For USA Selects As They Face Uruguay A

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USA Selects head coach Scott Lawrence has named his lineup to face Uruguay A on Wednesday in Montevideo, Uruguay.

This is the second leg of the Americas Pacific Challenge. In last weekend's first leg, the Selects went down 48-26 to Samoa, hurt by a red card to flanker Hanco Germishuys. Meanwhile, Uruguay A beat Tonga A 34-25. 

Lawrence has made four personnel changes to the forward pack. 

Chance Wenglewski comes in at prop for Alex Maughan. Brendan Hardiman steps into the second row in place of Matt Jensen. In the back row, Ben Landry replaces Germishuys (who's on the bench, having received no additional suspension for a very harsh red card), and Psalm Wooching comes in instead of Jackson Kaka, with Wooching taking the openside flanker positions and Aladdin Schirmer sliding to No. 8.

In the backs, there are more changes. Last spring's D1A-winning halfback combination of Holden Yungert (pictured) and Mike McCarthy start at scrumhalf and flyhalf, respectively. Bryce Campbell returns at center, but this time partners with JP Eloff. Tim Maupin slides out to the wing, and Mitch Wilson, a wing against Samoa, moves to fullback. Josh Whippy comes in for Zach Pangelinan at the other wing.

Campbell moves from inside center to outside, while Eloff, who is more of a flyhalf/center hybrid (what New Zealanders would call a second five-eighth), plays inside center. This gives the USA team more options with its kicking and perhaps finds some more space for Campbell on the outside.

USA Selects Starting XV

1. Chance Wenglewski
2. Peter Malcolm (c)
3. Angus MacLellan
4. Brendan Daly
5. Brendan Hardiman
6. Ben Landry
7. Psalm Wooching
8. Aladdin Schirmer
9. Holden Yungert
10. Mike McCarthy
11. Josh Whippy
12. JP Eloff
13. Bryce Campbell
14. Tim Maupin
15. Mitch Wilson


16. Alex Vorster
17. Huluholo Moungaloa
18. Kelepi Fifita
19. Matt Jensen
20. Hanco Germishuys
21. Ruben de Haas
22. Ben Cima
23. Zach Pangelinan

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