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The list will not include any players with teams overseas, including recent overseas signings Folau Niua, Tai Tuisamoa, Chris Saint, and Toby L'Estrange.

The recent signings have forced Tolkin to expand his search a little bit, but he was ready.

"It's not about prospects, it's about established guys, but the scenery is changing a lot because of the recent signings," Tolkin told RUGBYMag.com. "The plan overwhelmingly is to get these guys involved in a high performance environment. We will have had over three solid months in between games by the time we assemble for the World Cup Qualifiers. We want to get the engine started again.

"Also, this is the place where we start installing stuff. We can knock the rust out and in March we get everyone back running."

The list of overseas players not at the Atlanta camp is long. At prop Eric Fry, Titi Lamositele and possibly Nick Wallace will be unavailable. At second row, Samu Manoa, Tai Tuisamoa, Hayden Smith, and Nick Civetta are tied up. Loose forwards Scott LaValla, Todd Clever, Cam Dolan, and John Quill are all overseas, while scrumhalves Robbie Shaw and Chris Saint, flyhalf Toby L'Estrange, centers Andrew Suniula and Folau Niua, wings Blaine Scully and Luke Hume, and fullback Chris Wyles are likewise engaged.

That's basically a starting 15 right there. But that can be a good thing, as there are opportunities for others. Domestic players who made an impact last fall, such as Adam Siddall, Phil Thiel, Tim Maupin, and Graham Harriman, should be leading this domestic group, along with longtime Eagle Mike Petri.

It's likely that since the USA 7s team is in between tournaments, that more than a few 7s players will get a look. As mentioned in an earlier RUGBYMag article, prop Shawn Pittman won't be in camp due to post concussion recovery.

Other players who were on a USA team last year, such as Zach Fenoglio, Ollie Kilifi, John Cullen, Derek Asbun, Danny Barrett, Shaun Davies, and Chris Chapman are expected in this camp. Kyle Sumsion, Seamus Kelly, and Joe Cowley could be, too, but are still in school.

There's also talk that Seattle-OPSB's Matt Trouville is now USA eligible, and that his new teammate, longtime Eagle Lou Stanfill, is healthy and ready to get back to work.

But that still leaves plenty of spots open for the likes of Miles Craigwell, Kelly Kolberg (whose performance for North Texas against Belmont Shore did him no harm at all), and the oft-mentioned hooker Tom Coolican, and more besides.