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Gary Gold made his first-ever tour selections as Team USA’s head coach Tuesday, announcing his 30-man squad for the June tests. Team USA will play Russia June 9 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Scotland June 16 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston and Canada June 23 at Wanderers Grounds in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

There are two major milestones in the roster announcement, one being the selection of an entirely professional squad. Even in 2016, the only other year in which there’s been professional 15s in America, an entirely professional touring squad was never selected. All domestically-based players were selected off Major League Rugby rosters.

There is also notably two weeks built into the front end of the assembly, giving the Eagles an extra week together than normal. Usually they have just five days together before their first test on a tour. This time they come together May 27th and don’t hit the pitch for 13 more days.

Two potential new caps are on offer for Paul Mullen, 26, and Callum Black, 32, two Irish props looking to make their senior international debuts. Mullen is a former age-grade All-American who worked his way through Munster’s age-grade teams. Both he and Black also represented Ireland at various age-grade levels.

Black is a 13-year veteran, having split his professional career between Worcester and Ulster. At Worcester, he is a teammate of hooker Joe Taufete’e, also in the squad.

Returning after missing the Americas Rugby Championship are Eric Fry, AJ MacGinty, Samu Manoa, Olive Kilifi, Siaosi Mahoni, John Quill and David Tameilau. They’ll bolster the two-time defending ARC champion squad.

NameClubPosition
Dylan AudsleySan Diego LegionCenter
Nate AugspurgerSan Diego LegionScrum half
Chris BaumannLeicester Tigers (ENG)Prop
Callum BlackUlster Rugby (IRE)Prop
Marcel BrachePerth/Western Force (AUS)Center
Bryce CampbellGlendale RaptorsCenter
Ben CimaSan Diego LegionFly half
Nick CivettaNewcastle Falcons (ENG)Lock
Shaun DaviesGlendale RaptorsScrum half
Cam DolanSan Diego LegionNo. 8
Dylan FawsittGlendale RaptorsHooker
Eric FryVannes Rugby (FRA)Prop
Hanco GermishuysAustin EliteFlanker
Ruben de HaasFree State Cheetahs (RSA)Scrum half
James HilterbrandManly Marlins (AUS)Hooker
Will HooleyBedford Blues (ENG)Fly half
Olive KilifiSeattle SeawolvesProp
Tony LambornSan Diego LegionFlanker
Ben LandryGlendale RaptorsLock
Paul LasikeUtah WarriorsCenter
AJ MacGintySale Sharks (ENG)Fly half
Will MagieGlendale RaptorsFly half
Samu ManoaToulon (FRA)Lock
Siaosi MahoniSan Diego LegionLock
Ryan MatyasSan Diego LegionWing
Paul MullenHouston SaberCatsProp
John QuillGlendale RaptorsFlanker
Blaine ScullyCardiff Blues (WAL)Full back
David TameilauUtah WarriorsFlanker
Joe Taufete'eWorcester Warriors (ENG)Hooker