Eagles Select XV opt for fresh legs during the final match of the 2014 IRB Americas Rugby Championship
Via usarugby.org LANGFORD, British Columbia – The Eagles Select XV use fresh legs, in the form of their USA Rugby Sevens star performers, during the final match of the 2014 IRB Americas Rugby Championship against Uruguay.
After sitting out the Eagles’ 16-3 defeat of host Canada ‘A’ Wednesday, Graham Harriman returns to the second row to partner Seattle Saracens’ John Cullen.
Colorado State University’s Ben Pinkelman, who came on in the second half of both of the Eagles’ previous matches at Rugby Canada’s Centre of Excellence, starts alongside Andrew Durutalo at flanker. Louis Stanfill also moves to No. 8.
Shalom Suniula and Adam Siddall will run the show from scrum half and fly half, respectively, and will look to get the ball in the hands of Andrew Suniula and Folau Niua, who is making his first start of the ARC at outside center.
Troy Hall remains at full back for the Eagles. Tim Stanfill – scorer of two tries in Wednesday’s victory – will line up on the left wing with Gold Coast 7s Dream Team selection Zack Test on the other.
“Both of our starting wings are danger men with ball in hand,” Tolkin said. “If they have some space to operate, I think they can be real threats.”
Uruguay has had a rough go of things in Victoria and remains the only winless team at the tournament. With Argentina on 10 points, having earned the bonus point in wins against the Eagles and Uruguay, the Jaguars have already sealed their fourth consecutive ARC title.
The Eagles, tied on points with Canada with four, could finish second for a second consecutive year with a win against Uruguay and a Canada loss to Argentina. A bonus-point win against Uruguay could also see the Eagles jump above… Read More>