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Gary Gold's starting side for Saturday's match against Russia includes 244 international caps, 101 of which have been earned by players making their debuts under Gold - Eric Fry, Samu Manoa, John Quill and AJ MacGinty. They're joined by debutant Paul Mullen, a former Munster age-grade and USA age-grade player starting at tighthead.
The team is decidedly large, with Paul Lasike and Bryce Campbell clogging up the midfield. Those selections push Marcel Brache to the wing, where he's spent much of his professional career. Shaun Davies gets the nod at scrumhalf, though Gold wouldn't concede it means he's won the nearly two-year position battle over Nate Augspurger, who is on the bench for Russia.
The team is also decidedly athletic, with Samu Manoa playing in the second row to make room for a back row of Samu Manoa, John Quill and Hanco Germishuys. Blaine Scully captains the side from the wing, and Will Hooley will get his first fullback action with the Eagles. The Bedford Blue typically lines up at flyhalf and was considered at inside center, playing the second-five-eight role. With him slotted at fullback, the Eagles can put a first receiver on both sides of the ruck, and they've added another deft kicking boot on the pitch.
Eric Fry, who hasn't started a game in more than two years, is the most veteran Eagle with 41 caps to his name.
Gold has continued to make changes to the original summer squad. Originally, 30 players were tabbed, then some availability issues forced more changes. Now, 26 remain, as David Ainuu and Ruben de Haas join the U20s and Ryan Matyas, Siaosi Mahoni and Ben Cima have rejoined the San Diego Legion.
1) Eric Fry // Vannes (France) // 41 caps
2) Joe Taufete'e // Worcester (England) // 14 caps
3) Paul Mullen // Houston Sabercats // 0 caps
4) Samu Manoa // Toulon (France) // 18 caps
5) Nick Civetta // Newcastle (England) // 12 caps
6) John Quill // Glendale Raptors // 25 caps
7) Hanco Germishuys // Austin Elite // 5 caps
8) Cam Dolan // San Diego Legion // 34 caps
9) Shaun Davies // Glendale Raptors // 15 caps
10) AJ MacGinty // Sale (England) // 17 caps
11) Marcel Brache // Western Force (Australia) // 7 caps
12) Paul Lasike // Utah Warriors // 3 caps
13) Bryce Campbell // Glendale Raptors // 15 caps
14) Blaine Scully // Cardiff (Wales) // 37 caps
15) Will Hooley // Bedford (England) // 1 cap
16) James Hilterbrand // Manly Marlins (Australia) // 15 caps
17) Olive Kilifi // Seattle Seawolves // 22 caps
18) Chris Baumann // Leicester (England) // 22 caps
19) Greg Peterson // Glasgow (Scotland) // 14 caps
20) Ben Landry // Glendale Raptors // 12 caps
21) Nate Augspurger // San Diego Legion // 18 caps
22) Will Magie // Glendale Raptors // 13 caps
23) Dylan Audsley // San Diego Legion // 4 caps
Head Coach - Gary Gold
Assistant Coach - Shawn Pittman
Assistant Coach - Greg McWilliams
Performance Analyst - Jimmy Harrison
Team Manager - Chris Hanson
Head Athletic Trainer - Kevin Ng
Team Doctor - Sam Akhavn
Team Doctor - Vince Lai
Assistant Athletic Trainer - Kristen Douhan