BOULDER, Colo. — Eagles Head Coach, Eddie O’Sullivan, has selected his squad of 30 players — including former Utah Warriors star John van der Giessen and former Ute Mate Moeakiola — that will represent the United States at the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC) in New Zealand next month.
The Eagles will compete in Pool C at the RWC, taking on Australia, Ireland, Italy and Russia in pool play. NBC Universal has released their broadcast schedule of the tournament, which begins with the opening ceremony on Sept. 9 and concludes with the RWC final on Oct. 23. Visit Universal Sports for details: www.universalsports.com
“I think there is a sense of relief that we are now in a position to name the final squad of 30 for the RWC. It has been a thorough process and I belief that we have the best 30 players available to us heading into the RWC.
As expected we have had to make some very tough decisions to get to the final squad, but that is just reflection on the talent available to us,” said O’Sullivan.
The squad will assemble in Santa Barbara on Aug. 28 for their final preparations before flying to New Zealand on Sept. 1.
USA EAGLES 2011 RWC SQUAD
Inaki Basauri (Perigueux), Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate), Todd Clever (Suntory Sungoliath), Pat Danahy (Life University), Eric Fry (Las Vegas Blackjacks), JJ Gagiano (Univ. of Cape Town), Nic Johnson (Unattached), Scott LaValla (Stade Francais), Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie), Brian McClenahan (Olympic Club), Mate Moeakiola (Bobigny 93), Shawn Pittman (London Welsh), Hayden Smith (Saracens), Louis Stanfill (Unattached), Phil Thiel (Life University), John van der Giessen (Unattached)
Paul Emerick (Life University), Tai Enosa (Belmont Shore), Colin Hawley (Olympic Club), Nese Malifa (Glendale), Taku Ngwenya (Biarritz), James Paterson (Otago), Mike Petri (New York Athletic Club), Blaine Scully (Unattached), Junior Sifa (Nottingham RFC), Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins), Roland Suniula (Boston Rugby), Kevin Swiryn (Agen), Tim Usasz (Nottingham RFC), Chris Wyles (Saracens)
RWC 2011 SCHEDULE | NEW ZEALAND
Sept. 11: USA vs. Ireland (New Plymouth)
Sept. 15: USA vs. Russia (New Plymouth)
Sept. 23: USA vs. Australia (Wellington)
Sept. 27: USA vs. Italy (Nelson)