Pregame Comments And Predictions From The USA Eagles

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Quotes and notes from the USA Men's team going into Saturday's huge meeting with the Maori All Blacks.

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Ryan Matyas on potential shifts in the backline and defending against the Maori:

"This is a very strong squad and anything I can bring to improve the cohesion of the team is a bonus. I would play anywhere coach asks me to ... besides front row. Anytime you're playing a New Zealand team you have to be aware of their ability to run from anywhere, and how dangerous they are in loose play."

Gannon Moore on making his debut:

"It feels good and at short notice. Tomorrow it will probably hit me ... it's been awesome, it's been amazing. Anyone who plays rugby wants to wear their country's colors."

Gary Gold on selecting Luke Hume and a running back three

"He's a big strong runner, he comes into the line nicely."

On the pack:

"I'm excited. It's going to be a challenge they are a very good pack. We're going to have our work cut out for us, there's no question of a doubt about that. Intensity of the pack is going to be tough ... but we need our set piece to function if we're going to be successful tomorrow."

Nate Augspurger on the USA"s approach:

"We just want to control the game and limit our mistakes. We're not doing anything too special. We just want to play our game and control the game."

On the USA pack:

"It's always good to have good forwards who can control the set piece ... that's what e want to do tomorrow we want to have good set piece and that'll get us going on the right foot."

And the backs:

"Don't underestimate the guys we do have in the centers and some of the speed that we do have, because those guys pack a punch." 




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