Clever back to lead USA

Date published: November 20 2014

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USA conclude their November Tests on Friday against Fiji at the Stade de la Rabine, with Ronald McLean on debut.

USA conclude their November Tests on Friday against Fiji at the Stade de la Rabine, with Ronald McLean on debut.

The Ealing Trailfinder joined the team in England ahead of last weekend’s loss to Tonga but did not see any playing time at Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium.

McLean has lined up at outside centre in seven SSE National League 1 matches, but will wear 15 for the Eagles on Friday.

Taku Ngwenya will look to add at least a 12th try to his international tally on the wing, where he will partner Tim Stanfill.

Stanfill, who will earn his fourth cap in France, has scored a try in two consecutive matches to begin his young international career.

Thretton Palamo and Seamus Kelly will hope to create chances from the centre positions while bringing in the dangerous wings. Palamo’s second start since returning to the game of rugby – his first was in Sacramento, Calif., during the summer – is just his fifth cap since making his Eagles debut at IRB Rugby World Cup 2007.

In the play-making positions, Mike Petri and Shalom Suniula return to scrum-half and fly-half respectively. Tim Maupin, Andrew Suniula, and Roland Suniula provide head coach Mike Tolkin with options at the back from the bench.

In the front row, Olive Kilifi has recovered from an injury sustained following the Eagles’ 27-17 win against Romania to warrant a 10th cap. Mate Moeakiola will start at tighthead outside Phil Thiel, who is making his 11th consecutive Eagles start at hooker dating back to November 2013.

Rookie starters in last weekend’s loss, John Cullen and Greg Peterson, will again patrol the loose from the second row, while Scott LaValla, of nearby Stade Fran

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