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(Reprinted courtesy of USA Rugby.)

With just 100 days to go until Rugby World Cup Japan 2019, the USA Men’s Eagles have named their preliminary 50-man training squad which includes 40 players who will assemble next week in preparation for the Pacific Nations Cup.

The preliminary training squad comprises a pool of players who will be considered for the final 31-man roster traveling to Japan in mid-September. Over the next several months, Head Coach Gary Gold and staff will use the upcoming camp in Colorado and Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) to make final selections. 

Of the 50 players chosen, three are uncapped including Houston SaberCats’ Jamason Fa’anana Shultz, Seattle Seawolves’ Riekert Hattingh and Rugby United New York’s Ross Deacon.

Long-time Eagles Mike Petri, Lou StanfillThretton Palamo and Ben Cima all have a chance to appear in the final World Cup squad having not played with the Men’s National Team in some time. Mikey Sosene-Feagai also joins the preliminary squad after earning four caps with the Eagles in 2016.

Similarly, three players from the USA Men’s Sevens who recently qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are named, including Eagles Sevens Captain Madison HughesMartin Iosefo and Ben Pinkelman.

General Manager of the Men’s National Team 15s Dave Hodges said: “We’re really looking forward to working with this group of men over the next several months as our staff make final preparations for Rugby World Cup. As Japan 2019 is set to be one of the most exciting and successful rugby events to do date, we as a program are heavily focused on improving upon our past World Cup performances, as a representation of the growth of rugby in the United States.

“While the weeks and months to follow will be filled with tireless work, I’m confident that our coaches and staff will prepare these men not only for the Rugby World Cup, but four crucial matchups ahead of that in the Pacific Nations Cup and our final test match with Canada in Vancouver.”

The U.S. Men’s National Team 15s will assemble next week in Colorado as the final stretch to Rugby World Cup begins. Beginning with the Pacific Nations Cup, the USA will face rival-Canada at Infinity Park in Glendale on July 27, followed by Samoa and Japan in Fiji on August 3 and 10, respectively.

One final test match between the U.S. and Canada will take place at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver on September 7. The Eagles will then head to Japan to face England, France, Argentina and Tonga in Pool C at Rugby World Cup 2019.

For tickets to see the Men’s Eagles face Canada in Glendale and Vancouver, visit usarugby.org/tickets. .

USA MEN'S EAGLES PRELIMINARY TRAINING SQUAD

RUGBY WORLD CUP JAPAN 2019

PLAYER NAME

David Ainuu, Prop

Malon Al Jiboori, Flanker

Nate Augspurger, Scrumhalf 

Marcel Brache, Wing

Nate Brakeley, Lock

Bryce Campbell, Center

Ben Cima, FlyhalNick Civetta, Lock

Shaun Davies, Scrumhalf

Ross Deacon, No. 8

Ruben de Haas, Scrumhalf

Cam Dolan, No. 8

Dylan Fawsitt, Hooker

Mikey Sosene-Feagai, Hooke

Eric Fry, Prop

Hanco Germishuys, Flanker

Riekert Hattingh, No. 8

James Hilterbrand, Hooker

Will Hooley, Fullback

Madison Hughes, Fullback

Martin Iosefo, Center

Olive Kilifi, Prop

Tony Lamborn, Flanke

Titi Lamositele, Prop

Ben Landry, Lock/Flanker

Paul Lasike, Center

AJ MacGinty, Flyhalf

Will Magie, Flyhalf

Siaosi Mahoni, Lock

Samu Manoa, Lock

Ryan Matyas, Wing

Tim Maupin, Wing

Gannon Moore, Wing

Paul Mullen, Prop

Thretton Palamo, Center

Greg Peterson, Lock 

Mike Petri, Scrumhalf

Kapeli Pifeleti, Hooker

Ben Pinkelman, Flank-

John Quill, Flanker 

Paddy Ryan, Prop

Blaine Scully, Wing

Jamason Fa'anana Shultz, Flanker

Lou Stanfill,  Lock

Tevita Tameilau, Lock / Back row

Joe Taufete'e, Hooker

Mike Te'o, Wing

Dino Waldren, Prop

Chance Wenglewski, Prop

Psalm Wooching, Flanker

USA MEN’S EAGLES STAFF

General Manager | Dave Hodges
Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Set Piece | Shawn Pittman
Assistant Coach, Defense | Jaque Fourie
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison 
Assistant S&C and Analyst | Tom Kindley
Team Doctor | Mark Sakr 
Team Doctor | Sam Akhavan
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz 
Team Manager | Chris Hanson
Assistant Team Manager | Mark Drown
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