Clever to lead USA

09th Nov 2013, 11:15

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Captain: Todd Clever

Captain: Todd Clever

Todd Clever will captain the USA when they take on the New Zealand Maori in Philadelphia on Saturday.


Todd Clever will captain the USA when they take on the New Zealand Maori in Philadelphia on Saturday.

Clever will captain the Eagles from the blindside flanker position against the visitors from the southern hemisphere. Cameron Dolan, who captained the Eagles Select XV against Argentina in the opening match of the 2013 IRB Americas Rugby Championship in October, will start at number eight.

The Eagles Select XV finished second at the ARC with a 2-1 record and wins against Canada and Uruguay. Nick Wallace, Phillip Thiel and Shawn Pittman return from the ARC at loosehead prop, hooker, and tighthead prop, respectively. Toby L'Estrange, Select XV captain against Canada, gets the start at fly-half.

At full-back, Adam Siddall is flanked on the wing by Luke Hume and Tim Maupin, who scored two tries in the 30-10 win against Canada.

Former USA Rugby AIG Men's Collegiate All-American Seamus Kelly will partner Andrew Suniula at center. Another college standout, Kyle Sumsion, will be available on the bench.

Men's Eagles Sevens' Folau Niua will also be on the bench and will be available for the other two matches of the November Tour against Georgia and Russia before leaving with the Sevens team to the United Arab Emirates for the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament at the end of the month.

The Maori All Blacks defeated Canada 40-15 at BMO Field in Toronto last Sunday. Piri Weepu and Hika Elliot were injured in the match and were forced to return home, but the Maori will still field a strong side against the Eagles in a sold-out match at PPL Park.

Olive Kilifi replaced an injured Blake Burdette in Phildalphia and will start on the bench, as will Titi Lamositele - the youngest-ever capped Eagle - and ARC scrumhalf Shaun Davies.

USA: 15 Adam Siddal, 14 Luke Hume, 13 Seamus Kelly, 12 Andrew Suniula, 11 Tim Maupin, 10 Toby L'Estrange, 9 Mike Petri, 8 Cameron Dolan, 7 Peter Dahl, 6 Todd Clever (c), 5 Tai Tuisamoa, 4 Scott LaValla, 3 Shawn Pittman, 2 Phil Thiel, 1 Nick Wallace.
Replacements: 16 Zach Fenoglio, 17 Titi Lamositele, 18 Olive Kilifi, 19 Graham Harriman, 20 Kyle Sumsion, 21 Shaun Davies, 22 Zach Pangelinan, 23 Folau Niua

Date: Saturday, November 9
Kick-off: 19:00 local, 03:00 GMT
Venue: PPL Park, Philadelphia
Referee: Chris Assmus (Canada)