Head Coach Gary Gold has selected a preliminary roster of 41 players for the USA Men’s XVs National Team’s July test matches. Facing England on July 4 and Ireland on July 10, both away matches will mark the first time the Eagles have assembled since Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
Roughly 75% of the roster — a total of 31 players — represent Major League Rugby clubs, demonstrating the growth of talent and opportunities in American rugby despite a challenging year with COVID-19. Another 15 players have the opportunity to be capped for the first time as the entire squad represents a sampling of the player pool that will position the United States for its sprint to Rugby World Cup 2023.
Pending any additional or unforeseen injuries, Coach Gold and staff will continue to evaluate this roster over the coming weeks and make final selections for the 30 players who will travel to England and Ireland. Those who are not selected from this list will serve as injury reserves.
Coach Gold said:
“It’s taken us some time to come up with this list of players and I’m very happy to see this group of guys make even more strides in the coming weeks.
“A huge thank you to all the MLR clubs, not just for working with us as we select this group, but also in delivering a competitive training and competition environment that will help us get on the front foot in the short time we have ahead of facing England and Ireland.
“We still have some work to do in terms of making final selections but we are excited to see the final squad of 30 come together and to play some meaningful games this year.”
Alongside the roster, the Eagles staff also welcomes Rob Hoadley as Assistant Coach and Eagle Alumnus Chris Wyles as a Coach Consultant for the July tests specifically. Hoadley has an extensive coaching background with stints at Wasps, Stanford University and San Diego Legion, to name a few, while Wyles most recently spent 10 years with Saracens before hanging up the boots.
The official traveling roster for the Eagles’ summer test series will be announced in late June. KO times and broadcast information will follow suit.
Following July, the Eagles will assemble again in September for a two-part Rugby World Cup qualification series against rivals-Canada. The Eagles will host the second match on Sept 11 at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO with details for the first match to be confirmed. A final qualification series against a team from South America may follow suit along with a fall test schedule that is currently being organized.