Eagles November Tour kicks off against the rugby World Champions All Blacks at Soldier Field in Chicago
Via usarugby.org BOULDER, Colo. – Men’s Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin has selected 35 players to be available for at least one of the team’s four matches in the month of November, including the historic match to take place Nov. 1 against the World Champion New Zealand All Blacks.
That match is probably the biggest hurdle they will face on their 4 match tour before they head off to Europe. Romania will host the first match of the European leg at Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest Nov. 8. Tonga awaits the Eagles in their next match at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England, Nov. 15, before they head to Stade de la Rabine in France for a match against Fiji Nov. 22.
Though the match at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., is not scheduled within the IRB’s end-of-year-test window, USA Rugby and Premiership Rugby reached an agreement for the release of Eagles playing in the Aviva Premiership. Tolkin will welcome Northampton Saints Cameron Dolan and Samu Manoa, Newcastle’s Eric Fry, Leicester Tiger Blaine Scully, and Saracens’ Hayden Smith and Chris Wyles in Chicago. The six Premiership players will return to their clubs following the historic match.
Thretton Palamo, also with Saracens, will be available for selection for the Eagles November Tour matches against Tonga and Fiji.
Other capped, overseas Eagles playing in the British Isles selected for the Eagles November Tour include Tim Maupin – who had been training with Trinity College prior to joining the Eagles Select XV at the 2014 IRB Americas Rugby Championship earlier this month – John Quill, Brett Thompson, and Tai Tuisamoa.
Scott LaValla will be available for three of the Eagles’ four matches of the Eagles November Tour, including the final match in France, where the lock plays for Stade Francais. The French contingent on the team will also be bolstered by the return of Taku Ngwenya, who has not suited up for the Eagles since the IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Qualifier series against Canada in August 2013. Ngwenya’s Biarritz was relegated from the Top 14 last season.
“Taku is always a threat when he’s on the field,” Tolkin said.
“He rejoins the squad and a good group of back-three players. I think he’s really excited about it and enthusiastic so he’ll have a lot of energy.”
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