You are here


USA Head Coach Mike Tolkin has made several changes to his USA Selects team as they prepare to play Canada Selects in Round Two of the Americas Rugby Championship.

Props Nick Wallace and Chris Sullivan come in for Titi Lamositele and Shawn Pittman. Phil Thiel returns as hooker and takes up the captain's mantle as well. Also returning to the starting lineup is lock Graham Harriman, but, as expected, Tolkin has made changes in the second row elsewhere. Tai Tuisamoa comes in at #4, while new arrival John Cullen gets time on the bench.

The back row is essentially unchanged. Danny Barrett and Cam Dolan were starters last time, and while Derek Asbun did not start, he played most of the game as a replacement for the injured Liam Murphy.

The halfback combination of Shaun Davies and Toby L'Estrange remains unchanged, which is somewhat of a surprise as Adam Siddall is expected to get a start at flyhalf. Siddall is not in the team squad at all for Tuesday, and thus likely is being saved for the finale againt Uruguay.

Mile Pulu and Chris Chapman form the center pairing once more, while Ed Mills moves from left wing to right wing, and Tim Maupin is chosen in favor of Mark Roberts.

Joe Cowley, who did not dress for the October 11 27-9 loss to Argentina, gets the start at fullback. Cowley or Davies will likely be the goalkickers.

Cameron Falcon is once again on the bench, joined by Pittman and Lamositele. Cullen and Trevor Cassidy provide cover at second and back row, while Chris Saint is the sub scrumhalf, again. Peter Moala covers most of the rest of the backs, while max de Achaval gets his first chance to play, and would slot in as a fullback or flyhalf.

USA Selects to face Canada Oct 15, 8pm PT
1 Nick Wallace
2 Phillip Thiel
3 Chris Sullivan
4 Tai Tuisamoa
5 Graham Harriman
6 Daniel Barrett
7 Derek Asbun
8 Cameron Dolan
9 Shaun Davies
10 Toby L’Estrange
11 Tim Maupin
12 Mile Pulu
13 Chris Chapman
14 Ed Mills
15 Joe Cowley

Reserves
16 Cameron Falcon
17 Shawn Pittman
18 Titi Lamositele
19 John Cullen
20 Trevor Cassidy
21 Chris Saint
22 Peter Moala
23 Maximo De Achaval


Live streaming starting at 8pm PT October 15 here.