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The USA Men's National Team is expected to name its November touring squad today.
Takudzwa Ngwenya, who was thought not to be available, could well now be on the team - a happy piece of news for everyone involved. Meanwhile, negotiations to bring Samu Manoa in for at least one test match have broken down, mainly because Manoa could not commit to the entire three-match tour.
Here is what we at RUGBYMag.com expect to be the squad, with Todd Clever as captain:
|Derek Asbun||Rosslyn Park RFC|
|Inaki Basauri||Tarbes Pyrenees Rugby|
|Chris Biller||Not Attached|
|Chris Chapman||New York Athletic Club|
|Todd Clever||NTT Shining Arcs|
|Peter Dahl||Belmont Shore RFC|
|Cornelius Dirksen||Life University|
|Brian Doyle||New York Athletic Club|
|Paul Emerick||London Wasps|
|Zach Fenoglio||Glendale Raptors RFC|
|Eric Fry||Manawatu Turbos|
|Graham Harriman||Chicago Griffins RFC|
|Luke Hume||Old Blue RFC|
|Scott LaValla||Stade Francais|
|Toby L'Estrange||New York Athletic Club|
|Gearoid McDonald||Old Belvedere RFC|
|Mike Petri||New York Athletic Club|
|Shawn Pittman||Not Attached|
|Anthony Purpura||Boston RFC|
|John Quill||Boston RFC|
|Robbie Shaw||Richmond RFC|
|Louis Stanfill||Vicenza Gers|
|Andrew Suniula||Chicago Griffins|
|Roland Suniula||FC Auch Gers|
|Nicholas Wallace||St. Mary's|
|Chris Wyles||Saracens RFC|
This signals the return to the 15s national team of Peter Dahl, back for the first time since 2009, and Robbie Shaw, who is back with the USA setup again for the first time since 2009.. Several players from the ARC have been promoted to the full test side.
The US-based players leave the country on Saturday, November 3, and assemble with the European-based players Sunday in Colwyn Bay, Wales. They play Russia on November 9, Tonga on November 17, and Romania in Romania on November 24.