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The USA Selects kick off the inaugural Americas Pacific Challenge Saturday in Montevideo, Uruguay against the Fiji Warriors at 1:15 ET, and head coach Ray Egan’s side has been named. Captaining the group will be hooker Joe Taufete’e, one of seven capped internationals on the team.

The other capped players joining him in the starting lineup include flyhalf J.P. Eloff (4), openside flanker Pat Blair (1), prop Demecus Beach (1), wing Brett Thompson (6), and fullback Mike Te’o (6). Hanco Germishuys (1 cap) is on the bench. Capped 7s players making their first major foray into international 15s include Stephen Tomasin, Matai Leuta and Martin Iosefo.

Saturday’s match will be shown live on The Rugby Channel, but a subscription is required. Also playing in the competition Saturday at Estadio Charrua are Argentina XV vs. Canada A and Samoa A vs. Uruguay A. The Selects meet Canada A Oct. 12 and Uruguay A Oct. 16.

USA Rugby Selects | v. Fiji Warriors 
1. Mason Pedersen 
2. Joseph Taufete'e(C) 
3. Demecus Beach 
4. Siaosi Mahoni 
5. Matthew Jensen 
6. Harry Higgins 
7. Pat Blair 
8. Sione Tu'ihalamaka 
9. Stephen Tomasin 
10. Jean-Pierre Eloff 
11. Mataiyasi Leuta 
12. Martin Iosefo 
13. Bryce Campbell 
14. Brett Thompson 
15. Mike Te'o 
16. Hanco Germishuys 
17. Chance Wenglewski 
18. Alex Maughan 
19. Christian Ostberg 
20. Malon Al-Jiboori 
21. Nicklas Boyer 
22. Benjamin Cima 
23. Ahmad Harajly

USA Rugby Selects | Coaching Staff 
Ray Egan - Head Coach 
Shawn Pittman - Assistant Coach 
Chris O'Brien - Assistant Coach / Video Analyst 
Alex Ross - Strength and Conditioning 
Mark Sakr - Team Doctor 
Kevin Ng - Physiotherapist 
JD Stephenson - Manager

Read more at https://www.usarugby.org/2016/10/taufetee-to-captain-selects-against-fij...