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Matt Trouville has replaced an injured Scott LaValla on the World Cup roster. LaValla fractured his elbow in training Wednesday, two days after being named to the USA's 31-man squad for the upcoming festivities, ruling him out for longer than the duration of the World Cup.
Trouville was not a part of the Eagles plans most of the summer, not being named to the Pacific Nations Cup 31-man squad or initially the pre-RWC squad. But he was brought onto the bench for the Aug. 22 win over Canada. Trouville has four caps to his name and could conceivably cover both the second and back rows.
For LaValla, the injury is that of nightmares. He was a shoe-in to start for the Eagles and take a more prominent role in the success of the pack. Reports had him set to retire from rugby altogether and pursue a military career following the World Cup, and if they're accurate, a broken elbow and missing out on the sports' biggest stage would be an unceremonious end to such a decorated rugby career.