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As always happens, a few players are dealing with injuries, while we should also see some of the players who were out with injury or suspension (Roland Suniula, Mate Moeakiola) come back.

Tolkin has been looking at some of the USA 7s team players, and one of the guys he's mentioned previously is Folau Niua. The Californian flyhalf could provide cover at #10, whihc remains a position where the USA needs depth.

It's likely we will see few changes in the forward pack for Canada. Shawn Pittman, Chris Biller and Eric Fry are all healthy in the front row, with the only question whether Moeakiola can break into the starting lineup - perhaps coming in at loosehead with Pittman moving to tight. Fry didn't have his best series in June but some rest might be exactly what he needs.

Brian Doyle and Lou Stanfill look to be the front-runners at second row. There are some other possibilities there, but really they are a few months away. Nick Civetta is starting with his team in Italy and likely won't be available because of that.

(This is not rare, even with RWC Qualifiers on the line. Canada will be without prop Hubert Buydens, who just signed with Manawatu.)

Look for Todd Clever, Samu Manoa and Scott LaValla to man the best USA back row in the last tean years. With John Quill still out due to injury, who provides depth there is a question, but Peter Dahl is a likely choice, or Cam Dolan.

In the backs there are also significant depth questions, and certainl one wonders what will be done at outside center. Likeliest is that we will see Seamus Kelly wearing #13.

Mike Petri, Robbie Shaw, Toby L'Estrange, Luke Hume, Taku Ngwenya, Andrew Suniula, and Chris Wyles are all expected to be in camp.

The camp itself will start next week with some domestic Eagles and some players hoping to break into the squad. That group will play Life University's Elite Training Squad in a match that will give Tolkin a nice view of a large group of players (some on the Life end) in game situations.

After that, the rest of the Eagles will return.

Blaine Scully will be in camp, but the former Cal star is in a trial at Leicester so will arrive late. That could put him at a disadvantage in looking for a spot on the game-day 22.

The Eagles play Canada Saturday, August 17 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, SC, with kickoff at 6:30 local time.

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The teams then play the second leg Saturday, August 24 at BMO Field in Toronto, kickoff 4pm local time.

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