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Head coach John Mitchell and USA Rugby's high performance staff is introducing a new platform for keeping potential Eagle selections fit and downloaded with the team's information, and it's called the Eagles Elite Training Squad (EETS). It's supplemented by another group called the Eagles Elite Development Squad (EETD). Mitchell's first squads were announced Friday. 

"We are kidding ourselves if we think we are as fit as we can be, so we have to find a way to bridge our gap in 15s to realistically and authentically compete against Tier One nations," said Mitchell. "We cannot do this without creating a model by where the players take greater ownership for targeting and raising their standards in their total distance covered and high velocity speed percentages daily. We need to find better ways to help the player implement to be in the optimal zone daily through guidance, supervision, and updating their daily work and volume."

In the past, basic information such as plays, a glossary of verbiage, etc., would be emailed out to a player group prior to a camp. Then, typically a week leading into a match, the players would convene and try and put that information together on the field. Through the EETS, Mitchell and the high performance staff hope to create and maintain an ongoing dialogue of data that will have players better prepared between assemblies.

"The past has been very much about the inputs in test week only," said Mitchell. "The Eagles Elite Training Squad's intention is more about the whole of the inputs and the discipline necessary to their preparation before test week so that, in a test match preparation, we can prepare with the right intensity and training load to bring the right performance.

Being excluded from the EETS does not preclude a player from being selected, though it would certainly seem being in the squad would make a player more visible to the coaching staff. The plan is to name a squad bi-annually during a World Cup cycle. The current squads are named through June. 

Below are both lists. The first one is the EETS, and the second one the EEDS.

PlayerClub/SchoolPosition
Nate AugspurgerMen's Eagles SevensHalf back
Perry BakerMen's Eagles SevensWing
Danny BarrettMen's Eagles SevensLoose forward
Chris BaumannDenver (PRO)Prop
Garrett BenderMen's Eagles SevensLoose forward
James BirdOld Blue of New YorkHalf back
Tom BlissSan Diego (PRO)Half back
Nate BrakeleyWinged Foot - New York Athletic ClubSecond row
Todd CleverNewcastle Falcons (England)Loose forward
Tom CoolicanSan Francisco (PRO)Hooker
Cameron DolanCardiff Blues (Wales)Loose forward
Andrew DurutaloSunwolves (Super Rugby)Loose forward
JP EloffOhio (PRO)Center
Lemoto FilikitongaMetropolis Rugby Football ClubCenter
Eric FryNewcastle Falcons (England)Prop
Harry HigginsOld Blue of New YorkLoose forward
James HilterbrandManly Rugby Union Football ClubHooker
Will HolderMen's Eagles SevensFull back
Madison HughesMen's Eagles SevensHalf back
Pila HuihuiSan Francisco Golden GateWing
Luke HumeOld Blue of New YorkWing
Martin IosefoMen's Eagles SevensCenter
Carlin IslesMen's Eagles SevensWing
Olive KilifiSacramento (PRO)Prop
James KingSecond row
Titi LamositeleSaracens Football Club (England)Prop
Ben LandryDenver (PRO)Second row
Matai LeutaMen's Eagles SevensWing
Chad LondonDenver (PRO)Center
AJ MacGintyConnacht (Ireland)Half back
Angus MacLellanOhio (PRO)Prop
Samu ManoaRC Toulonnais (France)Second row
Al McFarlandWinged Foot - New York Athletic ClubLoose forward
Taku NgwenyaSan Diego (PRO)Wing
Folau NiuaMen's Eagles SevensCenter
Brodie OrthDenver (PRO)Second row
Thretton PalamoMen's Eagles SevensCenter
Greg PetersonGlasgow Warriors (Scotland)Second row
Ben PinkelmanMen's Eagles Sevens / Denver BarbariansLoose forward
Aladdin SchirmerCentral Washington UniversityLoose forward
Blaine ScullyCardiff Blues (Wales)Wing
Andrew SuniulaSan Diego (PRO)Center
Shalom SuniulaMen's Eagles SevensHalf back
David TameilauSan Francisco (PRO)Loose forward
Ben TarrDenver (PRO)Prop
Joe Taufete'eSan Diego (PRO)Hooker
Mike Te'oSan Diego (PRO)Full back
Zack TestMen's Eagles SevensFull back
Bruce ThomasSan Francisco Golden GateLoose forward
Brett ThompsonMen's Eagles SevensWing
Peter TiberioMen's Eagles SevensCenter
Stephen TomasinMen's Eagles SevensHalf back
Maka UnufeMen's Eagles SevensWing
PlayerClub/SchoolPosition
Jake AndersonSan Francisco (PRO)Wing
Dylan AudsleySaint Mary's College (D1A)Center
Demecus BeachLife UniversityProp
Ben CimaRocky GorgeHalf back
Hanco GermishuysDenver (PRO)Hooker
Alec GletzerSan Francisco (PRO)Loose forward
Seth HallimanMen's Eagles Sevens / Central Washington UniversityFull back
Kalei KonradSan Diego (PRO)Half back
Jope MotokanaSacramento (PRO)Half back
Deion MikesellLindenwood University (D1A)Wing
Christian OstbergStade Aurillac (France)Second row
Lorenzo ThomasLindenwood University (D1A)Center