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21st November 2013 13:19

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Titi Lamositele wins his first start for the USA in their November Test fixture against Russia at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin's decision to start Lamositele alongside Nick Wallace and Phil Thiel in the front three means the Chuckanut Bay 18-year-old will be able to sign professional contracts abroad in the future. Lamositele has previously trained with Saracens, whose home ground will host Saturday's match.

Chris Wyles has scored 13 tries for Saracens since 2008, but was in Georgia last weekend while his club played its final game before the international break. Wyles will start at fullback between wing Tim Maupin and Blaine Scully.

The Eagles defeated Georgia 25-23 for their first win in 2013 last Saturday. Adam Siddall kicked an added-time penalty goal and earned his second consecutive start at flyhalf for this weekend's match.

In his first match with the team since the Rugby World Cup Qualifiers against Canada in August, Robbie Shaw will start at scrum-half. Todd Clever will captain the team in London at blindside flanker alongside Scott LaValla, who missed the previous two matches of the November Tour.

No stranger to Allianz Park, Samu Manoa will get the start at second-row alongside Tai Tuisamoa. Tuisamoa, along with a number of Eagles such as Wallace, Thiel, Dolan and Maupin, will be playing in his sixth match since October due to the 2013 IRB Americas Rugby Championship.

USA: 15 Chris Wyles, 14 Blaine Scully, 13 Folau Niua, 12 Andrew Suniula, 11 Tim Maupin, 10 Adam Siddal, 9 Robbie Shaw, 8 Cameron Dolan, 7 Scott LaValla, 6 Todd Clever (c), 5 Samu Manoa, 4 Tai Tuisamoa, 3 Titi Lamositele, 2 Phil Thiel, 1 Nick Wallace
Replacements: 16 Zach Fonoglio, 17 Olive Kilifi, 18 Eric Fry, 19 Graham Harriman, 20 Derek Asburn, 21 Shaun Davies, 22 Seamus Kelly, 23 Luke Hume

Date: Saturday 23rd November
Venue: Allianz Park
Kick-off: 15.00 (local & GMT)
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: TBC (England)

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