Preview: USA v Harlequins

Date published: August 29 2015

The USA's preparations for the upcoming Rugby World Cup continue when they host Harlequins in Philadelphia on Sunday.

The Eagles finished their Pacific Nations Cup campaign on a high with a 15-13 in the fifth-placed game earlier this month.

They built on that result when they they claimed a 41-23 victory over the same opposition in Ottawa last weekend and will be heading into this clash with Harlequins brimming with comfidence.

USA head coach Mike Tolkin will expect a good showing from his charges ahead of next weekend's final World Cup warm-up match against Australia at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Harlequins are relishing the opportunity of taking on Test opposition and openside flanker Luke Wallace said they expect a tough encounter.

"Training is going really well," he said.

"The weather was a bit of a shock to start with which made it pretty tough especially on the first day but we have adapted and run through a lot of training drills and team plays and it’s looking positive ahead of the match against the USA this weekend.

“The match will be a very tough encounter. The USA are in a strong place as a team having recently beat Canada by a hefty margin.

"We know they will be in a different place as a team than us with the World Cup only weeks away and our squad still in the midst of pre-season.

"However, hopefully our game plan, technical ability and Quins style will show through on Sunday.

“It will be a test physcially and of our fitness levels. We have certainly been working hard in the gym and out on the pitch this week and in the previous ten weeks of pre-season so hopefully we will get a good result."

Harlequins have named a squad of 26 playerswith fly-half Nick Evans captaining the side.

Seven of the starting pack have come through the Harlequins Academy with a total of ten Academy graduates in the starting 15.

Mat Luamanu and Winston Stanley make their debuts for Harlequins at number eight and inside centre respectively. Adam Jones, Owen Evans and first year Academy member Archie White, look set to make their club debuts from the bench.

Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Charlie Walker and Marland Yarde make up the back three.

Prediction: The USA can expect a tough examination from the Premiership side who will not hold back. The hosts should win this one, however. USA to win by six points!

The teams:

USA: tbc

Harlequins: 15 Ollie Lindsay-Hague, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Harry Sloan, 12 Winston Stanley, 11 Charlie Walker, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 Mat Luamanu, 7 Luke Wallace, 6 Jack Clifford, 5 Sam Twomey, 4 George Merrick, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Rob Buchanan, 1 Mark Lambert
Replacements: 16 Joe Gray, 17 Owen Evans, 18 Adam Jones, 19 Stan South, 20 Archie White, 21 Tito Tebaldi, 22 Ben Botica, 23 Ross Chisholm, 24 Tim Swiel, 25 Dave Ward, 26 George Lowe

Date: Sunday, 30 August
Venue: PPL Park, Philadelphia
Kick-off: 12:00 local (19:00 GMT)
Referee: tbc
Assistant referees: tbc
Television Match Offical: tbc