USA change one for Scotland

Date published: September 25 2015

USA head coach Mike Tolkin has made one change to his starting XV for Sunday's Rugby World Cup clash with Scotland in Leeds.

Tolkin has kept faith with most of his side which lost 25-16 to Samoa in Brighton last Sunday, with the only alteration being Phil Thiel's elevation to the run-on side at hooker at the expense of Zach Fenoglio who drops down to the bench.

This is the fewest changes made by the USA between successive World Cup matches since 2007, when they also made one change following their opener in the tournament.

Chris Wyles and Takudzwa Ngwenya will feature in their ninth World Cup match, which means they are chasing only two Eagles with more RWC caps: Mike McDonald (11) and Alec Parker (10).

Wyles has registered 28 World Cup points and needs two more to move into outright second place in team history in this respect, behind Mike Hercus (77).

USA: 15 Chris Wyles (c), 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 13 Seamus Kelly, 12 Thretton Palamo, 11 Blaine Scully, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Mike Petri, 8 Samu Manoa, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Al McFarland, 5 Greg Peterson, 4 Hayden Smith, 3 Titi Lamositele, 2 Phil Thiel, 1 Eric Fry. 
Replacements: 16 Zach Fenoglio, 17 Oli Kilifi, 18 Chris Baumann, 19 Cam Dolan, 20. John Quill, 21 Danny Barrett, 22 Shalom Suniula, 23 Folau Niua.

Date: Sunday, September 27
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)