Wyles to captain Eagles

Date published: June 27 2015

The USA will be captained by Chris Wyles at the Pacific Nations Cup as they prepare for the World Cup later this year.

The Saracens utility back Wyles was part of the American team that qualified for the Olympics and takes over from Todd Clever as skipper.

"Chris has been one of the most respected and successful Eagles of all time and has been a selfless and proud Eagle for nearly a decade," said head coach Mike Tolkin.

"His success as a professional player with Saracens, matched with the respect that he has garnered with his teammates throughout his career, makes him a natural choice as captain."

Wyles will succeed Clever, who was the team’s longest-serving captain taking on the role after the 2007 World Cup.

"Todd has always looked out for the well being of the squad throughout his tenure as captain and has been an exemplary player on the field before and during his captaincy," Tolkin added. 

"Though he may no longer be serving as captain, Todd will continue to wear the jersey with pride and play the game with passion on the field."

Tolkin has named a 32-man squad including Sevens regulars Danny Barrett, Folau Niua and Zack Test, while a further 15 players are based overseas.

The USA kick off their campaign against Samoa in San Jose before a clash with Japan in Sacramento, with both sides in Pool B alongside the Eagles at the World Cup.

USA squad for Pacific Nations Cup:
Danny Barrett, Chris Baumann, Todd Clever, Cameron Dolan, Andrew Durutalo, Zach Fenoglio, Eric Fry, Troy Hall, Seamus Kelly, Olive Kilifi, Niku Kruger, Titi Lamositele, Scott LaValla, Toby L'Estrange, Al McFarland, AJ MacGinty, Matekitonga Moeakiola, Takudzwa Ngwenya, Folau Niua, Thretton Palamo, Greg Peterson, Mike Petri, John Quill, Blaine Scully, Hayden Smith, Louis Stanfill, Andrew Suniula, Shalom Suniula, Zach Test, Phil Thiel, Brett Thompson, Chris Wyles (c)