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CHICAGO, IL. - The U.S. Men’s National Team has today named its match-day 23 to face the New Zealand Maori All Blacks as part of The Rugby Weekend this Saturday (Nov 3) at 6 PM CT, LIVE on FloRugby

In total, 13 players will return from the Men’s Eagles upset over then No. 6 Scotland during the Summer Internationals 2018. Ten of them will take the field as starters with three ready to energize the team as reserves. 

USA Men vs Maori All Blacks LIVE on FloRugby Nov 3 6pm CT

The full group will be graced by two new faces in Chance Wenglewski and Gannon Moore who will play with the Men’s National Team for the first time. Though the Maori match will not count for caps, Moore and Wenglewski have the opportunity to ingrain themselves within the Men’s Eagles setup ahead of Rugby World Cup Japan 2019. 

Alongside Wenglewski and Moore are five players who will feature for the first time since the USA’s title-winning run at the Americas Rugby Championship 2018. Among them are Ryan Matyas, Psalm Wooching, Tony Lamborn, Dino Waldren and Anthony Purpura. Matyas, Wooching and Audsley recently competed in the Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 with the Men’s Selects. 

Eagle Luke Hume jumps back into the fold with a starting position himself, having last played with the Men’s Eagles in June of 2016.  

Captained by Nate Augspurger, the Eagles have a strong group selected for a rematch of The Rugby Weekend 2016 where the squad also faced the Maori All Blacks.  Augspurger and three others selected for Saturday represented USA during that contest, including Nick Civetta, Tony Lamborn and reserve James Hilterbrand.

"We're facing a huge challenge this weekend with a very polished Maori All Blacks side. The group of guys selected have all proven they can meet that challenge over the last week and a half of training,” said Head Coach Gary Gold. “We know that when Saturday comes, we'll need to show an unmatched patience and consistency within our game plan to deliver the results we know we are capable of."

The Men’s National Team will kickoff against the New Zealand Maori at 6 PM CT as part of The Rugby Weekend. The event will also feature the return of the Women’s National Team and a match between Ireland and Italy. All three will be streamed LIVE on FloRugby with tickets still available at therugbyweekend.com

Following the Eagles’ opening match of the November Internationals 2018, the United States will travel to Europe for three test matches against Samoa (Nov. 10), Romania (Nov. 17) and Ireland (Nov. 24). The match against Romania will also be broadcast LIVE on FloRugby with broadcast information for the other two will be updated closer to date. 

U.S. Men's National Team Roster 

Player Name

Club

Position

Caps

1. Chance Wenglewski

Lindenwood University

Prop

0

2. Dylan Fawsitt

Old Blue New York/Rugby United NY

Hooker

5

3. Paul Mullen

Newcastle Falcons (ENG)

Prop

3

4. Ben Landry

Ealing Trailfinders (ENG)

Lock

15

5. Nick Civetta

Doncaster Knights (ENG)

Lock

15

6. John Quill

Glendale Raptors

Flanker

27

7. Tony Lamborn

Rugby Southland (NZL)

Flanker

16

8. Cam Dolan

NOLA Gold

No. 8

37

9. Shaun Davies

Glendale Raptors

Scrumhalf

18

10. Will Hooley

Bedford Blues (ENG)

Flyhalf

4

11. Ryan Matyas

San Diego Legion

Wing

10

12. Dylan Audsley

San Diego Legion

Center

6

13. Gannon Moore*

North Harbor Rugby (NZL)

Center

0

14. Nate Augspurger (C)

San Diego Legion

Wing

21

15. Luke Hume

Old Blue New York/Rugby United New York

Fullback

20

U.S. Men's National Team Reserves 

 Player Name

Club

Position

Caps

16. James Hilterbrand

Manly Marlins (AUS)

Reserve

16

17. Anthony Purpura

Old Blue New York

Reserve

11

18. Dino Waldren

London Scottish (ENG)

Reserve

12

19. Greg Peterson

Glasgow Warriors (SCO)

Reserve

17

20. Hanco Germishuys

unattached

Reserve

8

21. Psalm Wooching

unattached

Reserve

3

22. Ruben de Haas

Free State Cheetahs (RSA)

Reserve

4

23. Will Magie

Glendale Raptors

Reserve

16

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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