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USA Men’s National 15s team Head Coach Mike Tolkin has selected his starting lineup to face Russia Friday in Colwyn Bay, Wales.

Star wing Takudzwa Ngwenya is out due to visa issues that prevented him from entering the United Kingdom; he would otherwise be expected to start. Instead, Cornelius Dirksen gets his first cap for the United States.


Todd Clever is captain and No. 8, while a new halfback combo is selected as scrumhalf Robbie Shaw returns for his first cap in four years, and Toby L’Estrange makes his debut at flyhalf. Regular scrumhalf Mike Petri is on the bench, having joined the team late due to work commitments.


Also making his debut and starting is Boston RFC openside flanker John Quill. Tolkin has an eight-man bench, with three front-rowers in Zach Fenoglio, Nick Wallace, and Tony Purpura. Should they play, Fenoglio and Wallace would earn their first caps.

Inaki Basauri provides cover at flanker and lock, and Peter Dahl, back on the Eagles side for the first time since 2009, is a sub at flanker. Joining Petri on the bench for the backs is the experienced and versatile Roland Suniula, and rookie Gearoid McDonald.

Derek Asbun, who might have been expected to be in the squad, has been battling an ankle injury.

 Tolkin has essentially picked two flankers to cover the back five in the forwards, however, with Scott LaValla and Lou Stanfill able to transition between lock and flanker, and Basauri, the Eagles have plenty of cover there.

With no pure wing on the bench, expect Paul Emerick or Chris Wyles to move to wing, with Roland Suniula going to center or event McDonald going to fullback, should a wing need to be replaced.



USA National Team Lineup to Face Russia Nov 9 2012

1. Loose Head Shawn Pittman
2. Hooker Chris Biller
3. Tighthead Eric Fry
4. Lock Brian Doyle
5. Lock Louis Stanfill
6. Blindside Scott Lavalla
7. Openside                John Quill
8. No. 8                   C Todd Clever
9. Scrumhalf Robbie Shaw
10. Flyhalf Toby L’Estrange
11. Wing Luke Hume
12. Center Andrew Suniula
13. Center Paul Emerick
14. Wing Cornelius Dirksen
15. Fullback Chris Wyles
16. Front Row  Zachary Fenoglio
17. Front Row Nick Wallace
18. Front Row Tony  Purpura
19 Inaki basauri
20.   Peter Dahl
21 Mike Petri
22 Roland Suniula
23 Gearoid McDonald

USA Men’s National 16s team Head Coach Mike Tolkin has selected his starting lineup to face Russia Friday in Colwyn Bay, Wales.

Star wing Takudzwa Ngwenya is out due to visa issues that prevented him from entering the United Kingdom; he would otherwise be expected to start. Instead, Cornelius Dirksen gets his first cap for the United States.


Todd Clever is captain and No. 8, while a new halfback combo is selected as scrumhalf Robbie Shaw returns for his first cap in four years, and Toby L’Estrange makes his debut at flyhalf. Regular scrumhalf Mike Petri is on the bench, having joined the team late due to work commitments.


Also making his debut and starting is Boston RFC openside flanker John Quill. Tolkin has an eight-man bench, with three front-rowers in Zach Fenoglio, Nick Wallace, and Tony Purpura. Should they play, Fenoglio and Wallace would earn their first caps.

Inaki Basauri provides cover at flanker and lock, and Peter Dahl, back on the Eagles side for the first time since 2009, is a sub at flanker. Joining Petri on the bench for the backs is the experienced and versatile Roland Suniula, and rookie Gearoid McDonald.

Derek Asbun, who might have been expected to be in the squad, has been battling an ankle injury.

 Tolkin has essentially picked two flankers to cover the back five in the forwards, however, with Scott LaValla and Lou Stanfill able to transition between lock and flanker, and Basauri, the Eagles have plenty of cover there.

With no pure wing on the bench, expect Paul Emerick or Chris Wyles to move to wing, with Roland Suniula going to center or event McDonald going to fullback, should a wing need to be replaced.


inaki

basauri

peter

dahl

mike

petri

roland

suniula

gearoid

mcdonald





SHIRT NUMBER

FIRST NAME

SURNAME

1. LOOSE HEAD

shawn

pittman

2. HOOKER

chris

biller

3. TIGHTHEAD

eric

fry

4. LOCK

brian

doyle

5. LOCK

louis

stanfill

6. BLINDSIDE

scott

lavalla

7. OPENSIDE              

john

quill

8. NO. 8                   c

todd

clever

9. SCRUM HALF

robbie

shaw

10. OUTSIDE HALF

toby

l’estrange

11. WING

luke

hume

12. CENTRE

andrew

suniula

13. CENTRE

paul

emerick

14. WING

cornelius

dirksen

15. FULLBACK

chris

wyles

16. Front Row

zachary

fenoglio

17. FRONT Row

nick

wallace

18. FRONT Row

tony

purpura

19.

inaki

basauri

20. 

peter

dahl

21.

mike

petri

22.

roland

suniula

23.

gearoid

mcdonald