USA Makes Changes To Face Japan

USA Men's 15s head coach Gary Gold has picked his lineup in the Pacific Nations Cup finale Saturday.

The Eagles take on Japan in a clash of the only two 2-0 teams in the PNC. The winner will win the tournament, and while the USA won't jump up in the rankings (they've risen to #13 from #15 after beating Canada and Samoa).

Gold has made eight changes to the starting 15 that beat Samoa 13-10 last week.

Gold is looking to see more hopefuls and to rest some players who have played two difficult games in a row. Mikey Sosene-Feagai will start at hooker in his first appearance with the Men’s Eagles since facing Uruguay in 2016. Nate Brakeley will start at lock with Ben Landry shifting to the bench, while Malon Al-Jiboori and Hanco Germishuys are both in at flanker.

Germishuys is back after dealing with an injury.  

Newly-capped Jamason Fa’anana Schultz will take the No. 8 spot, with Shaun Davies back in at scrumhalf.


USA sevens team captain Madison Hughes will start at wing, while Martin Iosefo is rested. Marcel Brache returns at center after completing the HIA protocol. Bryce Campbell, Mr. Reliable for the Eagles, takes a break.

Another player coming back from a long absence and also coming back from injury, Thretton Palamo (last capped in 2016) returns to the Eagles and is on the bench.

Gold said he was “happy for our guys that we’ve put ourselves in a good position with an opportunity to win the PNC on Saturday. Credit to both Canada and Samoa who put us under a lot of pressure in those first two games and really showed us what can happen when we don’t make the right decisions on the field.

“Now that we’ve reached the final match of the tournament and knowing how sharp this Japanese team is, we must absolutely continue to show consistent defense; but also build momentum around our attacking game to be successful.”


USA Line To Face Japan

PLAYER NAME

CLUB

CAPS

1. Chance Wenglewski

Rugby ATL

5

2. Mikey Sosene-Feagai

Auckland (NZL)

4

3. Paul Mullen

Houston SaberCats

12

4. Nate Brakeley

Rugby United New York

19

5. Gregory Peterson

Newcastle Falcons (ENG)

24

6. Malon Aljiboori

Glendale Raptors

3

7. Hanco Germishuys

Glendale Raptors

15

8. Jamason Fa’anana Shultz

Houston SaberCats

1

9. Shaun Davies

Glendale Raptors

23

10. AJ MacGinty

Sale Sharks (ENG)

23

11. Madison Hughes

USA Sevens

4

12. Paul Lasike

Harlequins (ENG)

14

13. Marcel Brache

Western Force (AUS)

17

14. Blaine Scully (C)

Unattached

48

15. Will Hooley

Bedford Blues (ENG)

10


USA Reserves

PLAYER NAME

CLUB

CAPS

16. Dylan Fawsitt

Rugby United New York

10

17. David Ainu’u

Toulouse Rugby (FRA)

7

18. Paddy Ryan

Rugby United New York

3

19. Ben Landry

Ealing Trailfinders (ENG)

20

20. Ben Pinkelman

USA Sevens

1

21. Nate Augspurger

San Diego Legion

22

22. Will Magie

Glendale Raptors

24

23. Thretton Palamo

Houston SaberCats

17


USA MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM XVs STAFF
General Manager | Dave Hodges
Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Set Piece | Shawn Pittman
Assistant Coach, Defense | Jaque Fourie
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Assistant S&C and Analyst | Tom Kindley
Team Doctor | Mark Sakr
Team Doctor | Sam Akhavan
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Athletic Trainer | Matt Lopez (Fiji)
Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz
Team Manager | Chris Hanson
Assistant Team Manager | Mark Drown

Massive Statements In Summer Tests

Wales moved to #1 in the World Rugby rankings after beating England 13-6 Saturday in Cardiff.

England, Wales Name Lineups For Saturday Rematch

Miss Pass: It All Starts Now

England and Wales meet for the second time in six days this Saturday at the Principality stadium in Cardiff at 9:15 am (ET). 

FloRugby's Dream Teams From Club 7s Championships

Top Tries From 2019 Club 7s

FloRugby's Dream Teams for the USA Rugby Club 7s Championships are out.

Weekend Watch Guide: Summer Tests Series Heats Up

Miss Pass: It All Starts Now

This weekend, there are two huge fixtures on tap LIVE and On Demand here on FloRugby!

Can Scotland Take Down France?

Former Scotland captain John Barclay will make his first start for his country in almost a year-and-a-half as the Men from the North take on France Saturday.

Eagles Whose Stock Went Up

Will Hooley Is A Sore Loser

With the Pacific Nations Cup finished, the USA National Team has just one more game until the Rugby World Cup kicks off.

France Gets World Cup Journey Underway

Head coach Jacques Brunel has announced his side for Saturday's clash with Scotland as the two sides begin their quests to the Webb Ellis Cup this autumn in Japan. 

Competition For RWC Spots Stiff In Ireland Camp

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Ireland got that one game out of the way and now the one team from the British Isles that hasn't ever made the Rugby World Cup semis is hoping this will be the year.

"It's Probably One Of My Least Favorite Times" -- Jones

England coach Eddie Jones believes off-field problems will be part and parcel of his side's Rugby World Cup campaign after his surprise move in leaving out center Ben Te'o from his squad for Japan.

USA Coaches Tells Us What They Liked At Club 7s

All Blue Evan Hoese Soon To Be An Eagle

USA sevens team coaches Chris Brown and Mike Friday were on hand to watch the USA Rugby Club 7s Championships, and overall liked what they saw.