2022 USA vs Chile

Eagles Roster Named For World Cup Qualifier Against Chile

Eagles Roster Named For World Cup Qualifier Against Chile

Facing off with Chile for the first time since the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship, the Eagles made a few roster changes as they prepare in South America.

Jul 7, 2022 by FloRugby Staff
Eagles Roster Named For World Cup Qualifier Against Chile

Coming off a nail-biting win against the French Barbarians in Houston, the USA Men’s Eagles are warmed up and eager to begin their second venture for Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification against Chile; this Saturday, July 9 at 6:00PM EDT in Santiago. 

Facing off with Los Condores for the first time since the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship, the United States made a few roster changes as they prepare in South America. Saturday’s match is the first of a two-match, home and away series where win total or points aggregate will determine who officially qualifies for next fall’s Rugby World Cup in France. The second fixture on home soil will be at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO - a match that has since sold out and awaits its home team. Both matches will be streamed live on FloRugby

Match Preview

While the USA have won five of their six previous meetings with Chile, the last four by an average of more than 50 points, this much improved South American side cannot be discounted. Los Condores have shown some notable improvement over the last two years, competing with Scotland A, Russia and fine tuning young talent through the Americas Pacific Challenge and Superliga Americana de Rugby club play. In test match rugby, Chile most recently defeated Canada in the fall Rugby World Cup 2023 qualifiers, bumping the Canadians from qualification. Most notably however, Chile will be vying for the nation’s first invite to the Rugby World Cup, a motivating factor the USA are prepared to counter. 

The Eagles played well defensively in Houston, containing the high-flying potential of the French Barbarians, and will look to parlay that pressure in Santiago as Chile play in front of home field energy. Martin Iosefo, Joe Taufete’e and Ben Bonasso step into the starting fifteen from last week’s roster, with Hanco Germishuys moving from left to right flanker. Nick Civtta and Greg Peterson will similarly swap lock positions as Tavite Tamileau joins the match day 23. Utah Warriors Prop, Angus MacLellan also joins the traveling roster in Santiago, following an exit from injured Paul Lasike. MacLellan has five caps and last played with the Eagles in 2018. Lastly, Jason Damm earns his spot as a reserve, and the chance to make his USA debut. 

Head Coach Gary Gold noted on the away qualifier:

“I am incredibly proud of the performance we put out in Houston. It was a short assembly period with the full squad, so I’m pleased with our early defensive effort and expect to see the same this Saturday. We allowed the French Barbarian’s back in the game as time went on last week - with a few corrections needed at our set piece - but I’m confident we can play our game as we need to on the road. 

South America is always a challenging arena to play in on the road, so setting the pace early as we did last week, will be important against this hungry Chilean side.”

USA Men's Eagles Roster

1David Ainu'uToulouse (FRA)
2Joe Taufete’eLA Giltinis
3Paul MullenUtah Warriors
4Greg PetersonNewcastle Falcons (ENG)
5Nick CivettaRugby New York
6Ben BonassoRugby New York
7Hanco Germishuys LA Giltinis
8Cam DolanNOLA Gold
9Ruben de HaasSaracens (ENG)
10AJ MacGinty (C)Sale Sharks (ENG)
11Martin IosefoSeattle Seawolves
12Bryce CampbellAustin Gilgronis
13Tavite LopetiSeattle Seawolves
14Christian DyerHouston SaberCats
15Marcel BracheAustin Gilgronis
16Kapeli PifeletiSaracens (ENG)
17Chance WenglewskiRugby New York
18Angus MacLellanUtah Warriors
19Siaosi MahoniHouston SaberCats
20Jason DammRugby ATL
21Tavita TameilauSan Diego Legion
22Nate AugspurgerSan Diego Legion
23Luke CartyLA Giltinis

USA Men’s Eagles Traveling Staff

Head Coach | Gary Gold
Asst Coach | Stephen Brett
Asst Coach | Shawn Pittman
Asst Coach | Scott Lawrence
Head of Strength & Conditioning | Huw Bevan
Strength & Conditioning | Calvin Morriss
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Mark Sakr
Head Physiotherapist | Kristen Douhan
Athletic Trainer | Ron Klingensmith
Sports Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz
Team Manager | Oscar Alvarez

USA Men’s Eagles 2022 Summer Series Match Schedule

USA vs French Barbarians | (W) 26-21

July 1, 2022 7:30 PM CT at Aveva Stadium

Chile vs USA | Santiago, Chile | Rugby World Cup Qualifier

July 9, 2022 Time 6:00 PM ET at Estadio Santa Laura Universidad

Watch Live on FloRugby

USA vs Chile | Glendale, CO | Rugby World Cup Qualifier

July 16, 2022 1:00 PM MT at Infinity Park

Watch Live on FloRugby