Tolkin Tweaks Line-Up

After posting their first win of the year, USA Eagles head coach Mike Tolkin has made some changes to his line-up to close out the Autumn Test Series.  In total there are 4 changes to the starting XV with prop Titi Lamositele earning his first starting cap in the match against Russia at Allianz Park on Saturday.

The match will be huge for the 18-year-old prop.  The international cap will make it possible for him to sign an overseas professional contract.  Lamositele trained with Saracens earlier this fall and has the talent and desire to make the move to the professional ranks.  It would be the biggest overseas move for an American at such a young age since Alex Corbisiero made the move but he eventually opted to play internationally for England.

The other changes to the Eagles line-up have Tai Tuisamoa replacing Graham Harriman.  Tuisamoa has been busy this fall and this will be his 6th match since October.  He played – along with starters Nick Wallace, Phil Thiel, Cameron Dolan and Tim Maupin – with the Eagles Select XV in the IRB Americas Rugby Championship in the fall.

Robbie Shaw is returning to the team for the first time since the Rugby World Cup qualifier second leg match against Canada and replaces Mike Petri while Scott LaValla, who missed the opening 2 matches of the November tour, will replace Derek Asbun.

Todd Clever will once against captain the side.

Men’s Eagles | v. Russia

1. Nick Wallace
2. Phil Thiel
3. Titi Lamositele
4. Tai Tuisamoa
5. Samu Manoa
6. Todd Clever (C)
7. Scott LaValla
8. Cameron Dolan
9. Robbie Shaw
10. Adam Siddal
11. Tim Maupin
12. Andrew Suniula
13. Folau Niua
14. Blaine Scully
15. Chris Wyles

Men’s Eagles | Reserves

16. Zach Fenoglio
17. Olive Kilifi
18. Eric Fry
19. Graham Harriman
20. Derek Asbun
21. Shaun Davies
22. Seamus Kelly
23. Luke Hume

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