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The Eagles lineup has undergone some significant changes again for the third and final match of the fall tour Saturday against Russia at Allianz Park in London. Titi Lamositele, Scott LaValla and Tai Tuisamoa are into the starting pack and Robbie Shaw is in at scrumhalf.
LaValla was held out of the Maori All Black and Georgia games with an
injury, Tuisamoa started against the Maoris and was unavailable for the
Georgia game, and Lamositele is getting a much needed start. In order for
the youngster to sign an overseas contract, he needs an international
start. Shaw started in the USA's 40-26 defeat of Russia in Wales last
Lamositele will line up at tighthead with Nick Wallace at loosehead. Tuisamoa slots into the second row with Samu Manoa. Lamositele and Wallace have risen through the same high school club – Chuckanut Bay. And both Manoa and Tuisamoa were found at relatively late ages and worked their way into the Eagle pool in similar fashions. LaValla comes in at openside flanker.
Shaw hasn’t been in camp with the Eagles throughout the tour, but his
unavailability was all documented before the tour began, as was Mike
Petri’s for this final game. So there was always going to be a change at
scrumhalf, and Mike Tolkin opted to go with experience in Shaw over youth
in Shaun Davies, who is on the bench.
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