As Mike Tolkin’s Eagles Select XV team recently began its 2014 IRB Americas Rugby Championship campaign.

LANGFORD, British Columbia – Louis Stanfill captained the Eagles Select XV as Mike Tolkin’s team began its 2014 IRB Americas Rugby Championship campaign on Saturday, Oct. 11, against the Argentina Jaguars.

Stanfill partneredf Brigham Young University’s Kyle Sumsion at flanker behind John Cullen and Graham Harriman in the second row, while Phil Thiel will hook between Nick Wallace and Olive Kilifi. In total, the forwards had 94 caps’ worth of experience – 48 of which belong to the captain.

“He’s really made his presence and leadership known,” Tolkin said of the Seattle Saracens man. “He’s spoken to the boys when he’s needed to but hasn’t overdone it. I think it’s great for the young guys to see what a veteran Eagle acts like and to have him show them the ropes.”

Shalom Suniula commanded the scrum half position with Adam Siddall in support at fly half. Suniula wore the No. 10 shirt throughout the summer, though Tolkin said it was always the plan to have him at scrum half before the injuries to Siddall and Toby L’Estrange earlier this year.

“We’re jumping right into the fire here with the Jaguars, so I think it really makes the guys focus quicker and know that, pretty quickly, they’re in a game,” Tolkin said.  Read more…


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