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Gary Gold has named his most experimental lineup since the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship. That said, it’s still a strong lineup filled with overseas and domestic pros that should be expected to the job done Saturday against Chile. Wing Marcel Brache takes on the captain's role in the absence of injured skipper Blaine Scully.

There’s just one new cap on offer, that of reserve flyhalf Tadhg Leader. The 26-year-old Irish transplant is currently captain the New England FreeJacks during their exhibition season before entering Major League Rugby in 2020.

He played professionally in Ireland for Connacht and domestically with the San Diego Legion, and he’s played club domestically for the St. Louis Royals and Boston Irish Wolfhounds, spending time at Lindenwood, where eligibility limited his ability to play for the Lions. Leader qualifies for the USA through the three-year residency rule which changes to five in 2020.

There are six players in the match-day 23 with single-digit caps, including starters Paul Lasike and Gannon Moore. Chance Wenglewski could earn his second cap off the bench, Paul Mullen his seventh, and Ruben de Haas his eighth.

Lock Nate Brakeley was not included in the original 35-man squad for the Americas Rugby Championship, but after a standout performance in Rugby United New York’s 25-23 win over San Diego Sunday, he’s on the bench.

Will Magie will get the start at fullback, a spot left open by the absent Will Hooley, who is still playing with the Bedford Blues and will join the assembly later.

The Eagles are expected to beat Chile Saturday, as they have every time the two have met in the now four-year-old ARC. They’ve outscored Los Condores 166-22 in that timeframe. The second match against Argentina XV will likely be the USA’s toughest match of the competition. Look for Gold to field the strongest possible team then, allowing for anyone getting a rare starting opportunity to raise their hand for next week.

USA Men's Eagles
1) Titi Lamositele / Prop / Saracens (ENG) / 26
2) Joe Taufete’e / Hooker / Worcester (ENG) / 19
3) Dino Waldren / Prop / London Scottish (ENG) / 15
4) Greg Peterson / Lock / Bordeaux (FRA) / 20
5) Nick Civetta / Lock / Doncaster (ENG) / 18
6) John Quill / Flanker / New York / 29
7) Hanco Germishuys / Flanker / Glendale / 11
8) Cam Dolan / No. 8 / New Orleans / 40
9) Shaun Davies / Scrumhalf / Glendale / 19
10) AJ MacGinty / Flyhalf / Sale (ENG) / 20
11) Marcel Brache / Wing / Western Force (AUS) / 12
12) Paul Lasike / Center / Harlequins (ENG) / 9
13) Bryce Campbell / Center / London Irish (ENG) / 21
14) Gannon Moore / Wing / Utah / 2
15) Will Magie / Fullback / Glendale / 19
16) James Hilterbrand / Manly Marlins (AUS) / 16
17) Chance Wenglewski / Lindenwood / 1
18) Paul Mullen / Houston / 6
19) Nate Brakeley / New York / 15
20) Tevita Tameilau / Glasgow (SCO) / 12
21) Ruben de Haas / Cheetahs (RSA) / 7
22) Tadhg Leader / New England / 0
23) Dylan Audsley / San Diego / 6

USA Men's Eagles Staff
Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Backs & Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Forwards | Shawn Pittman
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Mark Sakr (Chile, Argentina Uruguay, Canada)
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Team Manager | Chris Hanson

Americas Rugby Championship 2019 Schedule
Saturday, Feb. 2
vs Chile | 1 PM ET
Santiago, CHL

Saturday, Feb 9
vs Argentina XV | 3 PM ET
Rio Negro, ARG

Saturday, Feb 23
vs Brazil | 7:10 PM CT
Dell Diamond, Austin, TX
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Saturday, Mar 2
vs Uruguay | 7:10 PM PT
Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA
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Friday, Mar 8
vs Canada | 7:10 PM PT
Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA
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