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After two consecutive tournament victories, one of which gave the Eagles their first ever HSBC Series victory and the other giving the Eagles a ticket to Rio, the United States is gearing up for the Pan Am Games starting on July 11th in Toronto, Canada. The United States will be looking to build on its momentum but will attempt to do so with a much different roster than prior weeks.
Mike Friday has selected a much less experienced squad to head to the Pan Am games in two weeks time. The Eagles will be without the likes of their all time leading try scorer Zack Test as well as his forward partner Andrew Durutalo.
Leading the way will be the captain, Madison Hughes as well as the pair of barn burners out wide. Perry Baker and Carlin Isles have shown tremendous improvement over the year and will be two of the more senior members on the squad. Garrett Bender, the only other player to appear in all legs of the HSBC World Series, should see significant minutes with the absence of Durutalo and Test.
Martin Iosefo, Pat Blair and Nate Augspurger all dawned the Eagle jersey at some point during the 7s circuit this year and will have a chance to test their mettle in Canada. Will Holder and Ben Leatigaga have been on the periphery for the last year but will get an opportunity to suit up as Folau Niua and Maka Unufe are away from the team for the Pan Am Games.
Rounding out the roster is Mike Te’o, Stephen Tomasin and Brett Thompson. Te’o had a tremendous 15s season with Belmont Shore and recently was part of the Tiger Rugby team that took home the Cancun 7s. The San Diego State standout, Tomasin, made his debut at the Gold Coast 7s in 2013 while Thompson is wearing the Red White and Blue for the first time since 2014.
The United States will take on Chile, Mexico and Uruguay in the pool play. The eight team field will compete for the title on Sunday the 12th.
Men's Eagles Sevens | Toronto 2015 Pan American Games
1. Carlin Isles
2. Patrick Blair
3. Brett Thompson
4. Garrett Bender
5. Mike Te'o
6. Stephen Tomasin
7. Will Holder
8. Ben Leatigaga
9. Nate Augspurger
10. Madison Hughes (C)
11. Perry Baker
12. Martin Iosefo