Eagles name squad for June Tests

05th Jun 2012, 18:13

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Veteran: Mike MacDonald

Veteran: Mike MacDonald

USA Eagles Coach Mike Tolkin has named his squad that will travel to Kingston, Ontario to face Canada on Saturday.


USA Eagles Coach Mike Tolkin has named his squad that will travel to Kingston, Ontario to face Canada on Saturday.

The squad will also face Georgia in Glendale, Colorado on June 16 and Italy on June 23 in Houston.

"As the Eagles begin our first assembly after the Rugby World Cup, we have combined a group of veteran players and young players who have moved through our age grade and USA Rugby Sevens programs," Tolkin told the Official USA Rugby website

"The squad and staff are looking forward to initiating the next stage of American rugby beginning with the Canada Test."

Skipper Todd Clever his captain is joined by London Wasps wing/centre Paul Emerick

Making his way back into the Eagle fold is veteran San Francisco scrum-half and former Seven captain Mose Timoteo, who last played the XV-man side in 2006 against Barbados.

There are plenty of fresh faces too with three players called up from the ranks of college rugby: Army's Will Holder, Cal's Seamus Kelly, and BYU's Shaun Davies will all travel with the Eagles, one of largest collegiate contingencies in recent history.

Also making his first trip with the Eagles is Hawaiian born Tolifili (Andre) Liufau, a former football player at the University of Utah, who is currently playing for French Fédérale 1 club l'Uson.

USA Eagles squad:

Forwards: Derek Asbun (Oxford University), Chris Biller (Northampton), Todd Clever (NTT Shining Arcs), Conor Coyne (NYAC), Brian Doyle (NYAC), Andrew Durutalo (OPSB/USA Rugby Sevens), Eric Fry (Wellington Old Boys University), Tom Katzfey (Life University), Scott LaValla (Stade Francais), Tolifili (Andre) Liufau (l'Uson Rugby), Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie), Taylor Mokate (Wellington Old Boys University), Shawn Pittman (London Welsh), Louis Stanfill (NYAC).

Backs: Shaun Davies (BYU), Paul Emerick (London Wasps), Tai Enosa (USA Rugby Sevens), Colin Hawley (USA Rugby Sevens), Will Holder (Army), Luke Hume (Old Blue), Seamus Kelly (Cal), Taku Ngwenya (Biarritz Olympique), James Patterson (Glendale), Mike Petri (NYAC), Andrew Suniula (Cornish Pirates), Roland Suniula (Chicago Griffins), Mose Timoteo (SFGG), Chris Wyles (Saracens).