You are here

Dave Barpal photo

Gary Gold has named a strong side to face Samoa Saturday, plugging five overseas pros who weren't available last week into the lineup. The surprising omission is Samu Manoa. The Cardiff forward is widely considered the best American player in the world, and he was scheduled to join the team this week, but has been mysteriously left out of the match day 23. 

Eric Fry was also scheduled to join the team, but while being held out of international duty last weekend by his club, Vannes, he suffered a knee injury. Starting at loosehead is Titi Lamositele, who joins the team from Saracens. Packing down to his right will be Worcester's Joe Taufete'e.

In the backline, Paul Lasike and Bryce Campbell report for duty and get to work immediately as the starting centers. Captain Blaine Scully takes over at fullback, with injuries to Luke Hume, Marcel Brache and AJ MacGinty forcing the shuffle. 

Earning his second-straight start is Gannon Moore. The South Dakotan started at outside center last week against the Maori All Blacks, filling in as the USA's top three centers were all unavailable. Moore made the most of the opportunity, earning a start at wing for Samoa for his first international cap. (Seeing as the Maori aren't the top national side for New Zealand, no caps were earned last week.) His combination of pace and power is unparalelled in the player pool at the moment. 

Off the bench, two potential new caps could be earned, as 18-year-old David Ainuu gets his first crack with the senior national team, and Devereaux Ferris has been called in for cover at scrumhalf after the injury to Davies. Ainuu is an intriguing prospect. Like Lamositele, he hails from Washington and signed a professional contract striaight out of high school. 

U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
Position  /  Name  /  Club  /  Caps

1) Titi Lamositele  /  Saracens  (ENG)  /  23
2) Joe Taufete'e  /  Worcester (ENG)  /  16
3) Paul Mullen  /  Newcastle (ENG)  /  3
4) Greg Peterson  /  Glasgow (SCO)  /  17
5) Nick Civetta  /  Doncaster (ENG)  /  15
6) John Quill  /  Glendale  /  27
7) Tony Lamborn  /  Rugby Southland (NZ)  /  16
8) Cam Dolan  /  NOLA  /  37
9) Ruben De Haas  /  Cheetahs (RSA)  /  4
10) Will Hooley  /  Bedford (ENG)  /  4
11) Ryan Matyas  /  San Diego  /  10
12) Paul Lasike  /  Harlequins (ENG)  /  6
13) Bryce Campbell  /  London Irish  /  18
14) Gannon Moore*  /  North Harbour (NZ)  /  0
15) Blaine Scully  /  Cardiff (WAL)  /  40

Reserves
16) Dylan Fawsitt
17) Titi Lamositele
18) Dino Waldren
19) Greg Peterson
20) David Tameilau
21) Nick Boyer
22) Will Magie
23) Tim Maupin

U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach | Shawn Pittman
Assistant Coach | Greg McWilliams
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Team Doctor | Matthew Schmitz (Samoa)
Team Doctor | Richard Kim (Romania & Ireland)
Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz (Samoa, Romania & Ireland)
Team Manager | Chris Hanson
Assistant Team Manager | Kevin McCorry

U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE
vs Maori All Blacks | 22-59 (L)

vs Samoa
Sat, Nov. 10 | 12:30 PM ET
Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian, ESP

vs Romania
Sat, Nov. 17 | 7 AM ET
Ghencea Stadium, Bucharest, ROU

vs Ireland
Sat, Nov. 24 | 1:30 PM ET
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, IRE