Experienced Selects named for first match of South American Tour

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Seamus Kelly will captain the USA Rugby Selects as they begin their tour of South America against Uruguay Thursday, April 23.

Mike Tolkin has named 13 capped Eagles to the starting XV, bringing a combined 339 international appearances. Players will not earn international caps on tour as none of the three matches south of the equator are ranking tests.

Nine players, including Kelly’s partner at inside center, Lemoto Filikitonga, represented the U.S. as the Selects at the Americas Rugby Championship last October. The Selects defeated host Canada and Uruguay to finish the tournament in second for the second consecutive year.

The Selects assembled in Sunrise, Fla., for five days to find the cohesion of a touring side. FollowingThursday’s match against Uruguay, the team will wrap up the tour with two matches against the Argentina Jaguars in Salta, Argentina.

forwards-specific camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., and the Spring Camp in Sunrise preluded last week’s assembly and the head coach’s selections. Across the two camps, 39 players vied for the 29 spots on the touring squad.

“We worked these players hard, mentally and physically, in some pretty harsh weather conditions in Florida, and their response was encouraging,” Tolkin said. “The returning players from prior camps and assemblies were prepared to take the next steps forward, and that continuity is what we need to grow and improve. They also served as strong game and team managers for the younger and newer players throughout camp.”

Thursday’s match is scheduled to kick off at 7:15 p.m. local time, 6:15 p.m. ET. The match is not scheduled to be broadcast in the United States.

USA Rugby Selects | v. Uruguay 
1. Nick Wallace 
2. Zach Fenoglio 
3. Olive Kilifi 
4. Louis Stanfill 
5. John Cullen 
6. Alastair McFarland 
7. John Quill 
8. Matt Trouville 
9. Robbie Shaw 
10. Shalom Suniula 
11. Zach Pangelinan 
12. Lemoto Filikitonga 
13. Seamus Kelly (C) 
14. Tim Stanfill 
15. Ronald McLean

USA Rugby Selects | Reserves 
16. Mike Shepherd 
17. Chris Baumann 
18. Angus MacLellan 
19. Nick Barrett 
20. Kyle Sumsion 
21. Niku Kruger 
22. Chad London 
23. Alan MacGinty

Uruguay | v. USA Rugby Selects 
1. Agustín Alonso 
2. Carlos Arboleya 
3. Fernando Bascou 
4. Manuel Blengio 
5. Mathias Broun 
6. Francisco Bullanti 
7. Alejo Corral 
8. Ignacio Dotti 
9. Alejo Durán 
10. Oscar Durán 
11. Jerónimo Etcheverry 
12. Juan Echeverría 
13. Santiago Gibernau 
14. Germán Kessler 
15. Leandro Leivas

Uruguay | Reserves 
16. Diego Magno 
17. Mathias Palomeque 
18. Joaquín Prada 
19. Alberto Román 
20. Mateo Sanguinetti 
21. Rodrigo Silva 
22. Santiago Vilaseca 
23. Jorge Zerbino

USA Rugby Selects | Coaching Staff 
Mike Tolkin – Head Coach 
Justin Fitzpatrick – Assistant Coach (Forwards) 
Nate Osborne – Assistant Coach (Backs/Attack) 
Phil Bailey – Assistant Coach (Defense) 
David Williams – Strength and Conditioning Coach 
Chris O’Brien – Assistant Coach (Video Analysis) 
Richard Quincy – Physiotherapist 
Zach Vyhnanek – Physiotherapist 
Sarah Sall – Massage Therapist 
Aaron Burgess – Doctor 
Tristan Lewis – Team Manager

USA Rugby Selects | South American Tour 
v Uruguay – Thursday, April 23 – 6:15 p.m. ET – Montevideo 
v Argentina Jaguars – Tuesday, April 28 – Salta 
v Argentina Jaguars – Saturday, May 2 – Salta