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A debutant and the return of several veterans headline the USA's roster for its Americas Rugby Championship Saturday in Montevideo, Uruguay. Eric Fry will start after coming off the bench against Brazil, Titi Lamositele has finally been released from duty with Saracens, and Todd Clever has returned as captain after missing the last match.

The rookie in the starting lineup is Deion Mikesell, who earns his first cap in just his seventh-ever 15s match. Mikesell, a freshman at Lindenwood, played high school rugby in Iowa, where they play 7s exclusively. Fellow Lion Lorenzo Thomas, who made his debut in the 64-0 win over Chile, is also in the starting 15. 

The USA is essentially fighting for second place in this match. The loss to Brazil knocked the Eagles off the pole position, as they were in really good shape with two games to go. With a loss Saturday, they can finish as low as fourth. 

Men's Eagles | v. Uruguay 
1. Eric Fry 
2. Mike Sosene-Feagai 
3. Titi Lamositele 
4. Brodie Orth 
5. Ben Landry 
6. Aladdin Schirmer 
7. Todd Clever (C) 
8. David Tameilau 
9. Mike Te'o 
10. James Bird 
11. Tim Stanfill 
12. Chad London 
13. Lorenzo Thomas 
14. Deion Mikesell 
15. JP Eloff

Men's Eagles | Reserves 
16. Joseph Taufete'e 
17. Olive Kilifi 
18. Demecus Beach 
19. Nate Brakeley 
20. Hanco Germishuys 
21. Niku Kruger 
22. Ryan Matyas 
23. Jake Anderson

 

Uruguay | v. USA 
1. Mateo Sanguinetti 
2. Germán Kessler 
3. Mario Sagario 
4. Gonzalo Soto 
5. Diego Magno 
6. Juan Gaminara 
7. Juan Diego Ormaechea 
8. Alejandro Nieto 
9. Agustín Ormaechea 
10. Menual Blengio 
11. Gastón Mieres 
12. Andrés Vilaseca 
13. Pedro Deal 
14. Leandro Leivas 
15. Rodrigo Silva

Uruguay | Reserves 
16. Germán Kessler 
17. Facundo Gattas 
18. Juan Echeverría 
19. Mathías Palomeque 
20. Mathías Beeer 
21. Alberto Román 
22. Guillermo Lijtenstein 
23. Federico Favaro

Men's Eagles | Americas Rugby Championship 2016 
v. Argentina - D 35-35 
v. Canada - W 30-22 
v. Chile - W 64-0 
v. Brazil - L 24-23 
v. Uruguay - Saturday, March 5 @ 3:15 p.m. ET - Estadio Charrúa (Montevideo, Uruguay)