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Two World Series debutants and two veterans have been drafted into Team USA as injury cover for this weekend's Vancouver tournament. Seth Halliman and Ben Leatigaga will make their Series debuts, and Thretton Palamo and Pat Blair their returns. All four played with the Falcons at the Las Vegas Invitational last week.
Maka Unufe suffered a separated shoulder and Will Holder a concussion at USA Sevens last week, Zack Test is also nursing an injury, and Carlin Isles is running track as he tries to qualify for the Rio Games as a sprinter. All are expected to be back sooner than later.
Halliman, 20, will be the youngest Eagle in Canada. The Colorado Springs product started his college career at American International College before transfering to Central Washington. He's played for the High School All Americans, Junior All Americans and 7s All Americans. Leatigaga is a former All-American wing from West Point and is a member of the Army's World Class Athlete Program.
Palamo will plug into Unufe's spot at center. This is an important tournament for him, as he was simply not selected based on form for Las Vegas. If he's going to make a push for a spot on the Olympic team, he needs to assert his athletic suremacy more consistently.
Blair and Halliman will spell Holder and Test in the forwards. And Leatigaga will most likely come off the bench for Perry Baker on the wing.