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LAFAYETTE, CO. - The USA Men's National 15s Team has been named for the upcoming November Internationals 2018. 

In all, players will have the opportunity to represent the U.S. across the span of four international fixtures against New Zealand's Maori All Blacks, Samoa, Romania, and Ireland.

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Joining the team straight from competition in the developmental Americas Pacific Challenge (APC) 2018 are Men's Eagles Hanco Germishuys, Ryan Matyas and Dylan Audsley. Both Germishuys and Audsley competed with the USA during their June Internationals while Matyas springs back into action for the first time since the Eagles won their second-consecutive Americas Rugby Championship title this March.

The APC 2018 has allowed all three players to return to their senior side battle-hardened and primed for more international play. Matyas and Audsley specifically contributed a combined 48 total points to the Selects across the duration of the tournament.


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Newly capped Eagle Paul Mullen comes back into the fold after absorbing the best of professional competition abroad during his Major League Rugby offseason. After earning the first of his three caps during this year's summer test window, Mullen gained valuable experience competing with the Newcastle Falcons of the Gallagher Rugby Premiership.

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A burst of physicality will grace the Men's Eagles' this November as David Tameilau and Tony Lamborn return to the back row. Both last appeared at the Americas Rugby Championship 2018.

Five of the athletes in the named roster will miss the United States' opening match against the Maori due to obligations with their professional clubs overseas. Paul Lasike, Titi Lamositele, Samu Manoa, Joe Taufete'e and Blaine Scully will all join the Men's Eagles in Europe, available for selection against Samoa, Romania, and Ireland.

"We are excited to test our roster depth against a New Zealand Maori team that has Super Rugby and All Blacks players," said USA Rugby's General Manager for Men's 15s Programs, Dave Hodges. "This is an opportunity for us to give some of our emerging squad players a chance to help the team put in a strong performance as we dive deep into World Cup preparation. We'll need to be unyielding in our play for the duration of the schedule, facing three formidable matches against Samoa, Romania and No. 2 ranked Ireland."


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The Fall schedule will bring an important preparation window for all players vying to compete in Rugby World Cup Japan 2019. Samoa and Ireland have both qualified for the World Cup while New Zealand's Maori will use the match window to explore the depth of their senior All Blacks.

USA opens their schedule at home on Nov. 3 against the Maori All Blacks as part of The Rugby Weekend's triple-header at Chicago's Soldier Field. The event will also include the return of the Women's National Team against the New Zealand Black Ferns, with Ireland and Italy competing against one another as well. Tickets are available at therugbyweekend.com with the match streamed LIVE on FloRugby.

Following the Maori, the Men's National Team will travel to Europe for a string of test matches against Samoa on Nov. 10 in San Sebastian, Romania on Nov. 17 in Bucharest and Ireland on Nov. 24 in Dublin. 

USA Men's National Team Roster 

Player name

Position

Current Club

Caps

Dylan Audsley

Center

San Diego Legion

6

Nate Augspurger

Wing

San Diego Legion

21

Bryce Campbell

Center

London Irish (ENG)

18

Nick Civetta

Lock

Doncaster Knights (ENG)

15

Shaun Davies

Scrumhalf

Glendale Raptors

18

Ruben de Haas

Scrumhalf

Free State Cheetahs

4

Cam Dolan

No. 8

Nottingham Rugby (ENG)

37

Dylan Fawsitt

Hooker

Old Blue New York/Rugby United New York

5

Eric Fry

Prop

Vannes Rugby (FRA)

44

Hanco Germishuys

Flanker

unattached

8

James Hilterbrand

Hooker

Manly Marlins (AUS)

16

Will Hooley

Fullback

Bedford Blues (ENG)

4

Olive Kilifi

Prop

Seattle Saracens/Seattle Seawolves

24

Tony Lamborn

Flanker

Rugby Southland (NZL)

16

Titi Lamositele

Prop

Saracens (ENG)

23

Ben Landry

Lock

Ealing Trailfinders (ENG)

15

Paul Lasike

Center

Harlequins (ENG)

6

Will Magie

Flyhalf

Glendale Raptors

16

Samu Manoa

Lock

Cardiff Blues (WAL)

21

Ryan Matyas

Wing

San Diego Legion

10

Paul Mullen

Prop

Newcastle Falcons (ENG)

3

Greg Peterson

Lock

Glasgow Warriors (SCO)

17

John Quill

Flanker

Glendale Raptors

27

Blaine Scully

Wing

Cardiff Blues (WAL)

40

Joe Taufete'e

Hooker

Worcester Warriors (ENG)

16

David Tameilau

Flanker

Glasgow Warriors (SCO)

9

Dino Waldren

Prop

London Scottish (ENG)

12

Unavailable due to injury: AJ MacGinty 

*Additional players will be added in the coming weeks. 

U.S. Men's National Team Staff 

Head Coach | Gary Gold

Assistant Coach | Shawn Pittman

Assistant Coach | Greg McWilliams

Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan

Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison

Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng

Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan

Team Doctor | Angelo Savino (Maori All Blacks)

Team Doctor | Matthew Schmitz (Samoa)

Team Doctor | Richard Kim (Romania & Ireland)

Massage Therapist | Aimee Kern (Maori)

Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz (Samoa, Romania & Ireland)

Team Manager | Chris Hanson

Assistant Team Manager | Kevin McCorry



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