USA Eagles News: playing Select XV announced for ARC starting Oct 11
LANGFORD, British Columbia – The USA Eagles Select XV roster has been selected for the 2014 IRB Americas Rugby Championship at Rugby Canada’s Centre of Excellence.
The 25-man USA Eagles rugby squad includes returning players John Cullen, Graham Harriman, Olive Kilifi, Tim Maupin, Adam Siddall, Phil Thiel, and Nick Wallace, as well as newcomers to an assembly in Lemoto Filikitonga, Justin Hundley, Angus MacLellan, and Ben Tarr.
Mike Tolkin’s developmental USA Eagles side will face the Argentina Jaguars, Canada, and Uruguay in the fifth incarnation of the tournament. In 2013, the Eagles Select XV defeated Canada and Uruguay to earn eight points and a second-place finish behind the undefeated Jaguars.
Last year, Tolkin and the USA Eagles were building towards a high-profile – and eventual record-setting sellout – match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks. Using the ARC as a warm-up tool for domestic players and players identified through the USA Rugby AIG All-American age-grade programs, the ARC continues to be an important tool for the coaching staff and infinitely more important with the match against the New Zealand All Blacks in Chicago looming.
“The American Rugby Championship is huge for the fall tests,” Tolkin said. “The ARC is massive in giving a platform for guys to put their best foot forward and make that November USA Eagles squad and, for the guys who do go forward, to be as prepared as they can to match up with the professionals they’re meeting up with. It’s a huge tournament for our group element.”
The Eagles Select XV kick off the Americas Rugby Championship at Westhill Stadium Saturday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 P.M. ET against Argentina. Follow live match updates on Twitter with @USARugby and watch the tournament live on the Americas Rugby Championship website.