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HALIFAX, N.S. - Less than one week ago, the U.S. Men's National Team was making history for the second time this year. After a thrilling 30-29 upset of No. 6 World Ranked Scotland, the Eagles earned their largest victory in 94 years. Now with one final test of the Summer this Saturday (June 23) against No. 22 rival-Canada, the United States (No. 15) will make three adjustments to the starting lineup and offer the chance for one new cap to be awarded in an exciting June finale at Wanderers Grounds. The match kicks off at 3 PM ET, LIVE on FloRugby.
With Joe Taufete'e returning home for personal reasons, Dylan Fawsitt will start at hooker. Ben LandryJohn Quill -- who continues his recovery from a lower body injury sustained against Scotland -- while Nate AugspurgerMarcel Brache switches over to center. Newcomer Vili Toluta'u can earn his first international cap as a reserve, as well.
"Our result last week was due to the incredible hard work that the guys put in, and the huge respect we had for Scotland. Tactically, we followed our game plan and prepared for the right level of intensity which is what we intend to build on this week," said Head Coach Gary Gold. "However, that game is now in the past and we face our old foes who we know are really well-coached and will be prepared, especially as this is a massive home game for them. The reality is that this Canadian team have a huge amount of pride and have a lot to play for as they are still focused on qualifying for Rugby World Cup 2019, and we need to respect that."
Following their historic upset of Scotland last week, the Men's Eagles set a new record by extending their overall win streak to 6 games in international test matches. The team hopes to remain undefeated on the year as they approach their final game of the Summer and 60th all-time against rival-Canada this Saturday.
The Canadians currently sit at No. 22 in the World Rankings and take the pitch after suffering losses to Scotland and Russia earlier this month. The Eagles' northern neighbor will be thirsty to earn their first win of the Summer in front of a home crowd; equally meaning the Americans will have their work cut-out for them as both teams re-ignite a thrilling, life-long rivalry at Wanderers Grounds in Nova Scotia.
USA vs. CANADA // 6.23.18 // Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Eric Fry / Prop / Vannes (France)
- Dylan Fawsitt / Hooker / Glendale Raptors
- Paul Mullen / Prop / Houston Sabercats
- Samu Manoa / Lock / Toulon (France)
- Nick Civetta / Lock / Newcastle (England)
- Ben Landry / Flanker / Glendale Raptors
- Hanco Germishuys / Flanker / Austin Elite
- Cam Dolan / No. 8 / San Diego Legion
- Shaun Davies / Scrumhalf / Glendale Raptors
- AJ MacGinty / Flyhalf / Sale Sharks (England)
- Nate Augspurger / Wing / San Diego Legion
- Paul Lasike / Center / Utah Warriors
- Marcel Brache / Center / Western Force (Australia)
- Blaine Scully / Wing / Cardiff Blues (Wales)
- Will Hooley / Fullback / Bedford Blues (England)
- Chris Baumann / Prop / Leicester (England)
- Titi Lamositele / Prop / Saracens (England)
- Olive Kilifi / Prop / Seattle Seawolves
- Greg Peterson / Lock / Glasgow (Scotland)
- Vili Toluta’u / Flanker / Seattle Seawolves
- Ruben de Haas / Scrumhalf / Cheetahs (RSA)
- Will Magie / Flyhalf / Glendale Raptors
- Bryce Campbell / Center / Glendale Raptors
Head Coach: Gary Gold
Asst. Coach: Shawn Pittman
Asst. Coach: Greg McWilliams
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst: Jimmy Harrison
Team Manager: Chris Hanson
Head Athletic Trainer: Kevin Ng
Team Doctor: Bruce Miller
Asst. Athletic Trainer: Matt Lopez