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USA Rugby has announced roster changes and its starting lineup for the first of two final test matches to close out 2017. Following their 52-16 World Cup Qualifying win against Canada, the Men’s Eagles arrived in Frankfurt early this week for a brief training camp preceding their matchup with Germany this Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11:00 a.m. ET, broadcast live on The Rugby Channel.
Prop Eric Fry (Rugby Club de Vannes) will remain out of Saturday’s matchup following a Hernia injury that has forced him to miss the entirety of the November Internationals. Huluholo Moungoloa steps in making a leap to the Eagles rotation from Life West.
Flanker Hanco Germishuys (Austin Huns) will also miss the clash against Germany to attend to personal matters, bringing in Psalm Wooching (Seattle Saracens) after an impressive showing with the Men’s Selects in Uruguay.
Moungoloa, Wooching and Americas Pacific Challenge stand out Josh Whippy all traveled to Frankfurt for their first senior cap with the Eagles, while outside center Mose Faula’au (Clearmont) completes the squad led by interim Head Coach Dave Hewett.
“For the last four days we have really bonded as a group and gotten to know the character of each individual, how we work together as a team, and also how players operate from an on field and off field perspective,” Hewett said.
This first ever matchup against the Germans serves as part of a home and away series with the second contest to follow on U.S. soil in June ‘18. Germany returns to the pitch at .500 after a win against their highest ranked opponent (No. 15 Romania), while the U.S. will look to carry a win into their final matchup of 2017 against Georgia in Tbilisi on Nov. 25, also live on The Rugby Channel.
“The biggest thing for me is the quality of the German side,” said Hewitt. “They have improved quite a bit over the last several months. Showing them respect as an opponent will build a lot of emotion and energy into providing our fans with a match they'd like to watch.”
Men’s USA Eagles Starters | United States vs Germany | November 18, 2017
- Olive Kilifi
- Joe Taufet’e
- Dino Waldren
- Greg Peterson
- Nick Civetta
- Ben Landry
- Tony Lamborn
- Andrew Durutalo
- Shaun Davies
- AJ MacGinty
- Ryan Matyas
- Bryce Campbell
- Marcel Brache
- Blaine Scully (C)
- Mike Te’o
Men’s USA Eagles Reserves | United States vs Germany | November 18, 2017
- Peter Malcolm
- Huluholo Moungoloa
- Patrick Ryan
- Cam Dolan
- John Quill
- Nate Augspurger
- Will Magie
- JP Eloff
Men’s USA Eagles Staff | United States vs Germany
Dave Hewett: Interim Head Coach/Set Piece
Greg McWilliams: Assistant Coach - Backs & Attack
David Williams: Assistant Coach - Defense
Shawn Pittman: Assistant Coach - Set Piece
Jon Hood: Strength and Conditioning
Chris Hanson: Team Manager
Jimmy Harrison: Analyst
Kevin Ng: Head ATC
Matt Lopez: Assistant ATC
Dr. Mark Sakr: Team Doctor
Dave Hodges: Men's Eagles General Manager