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BOULDER, Colo. – USA Men’s Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin has selected a 50-man Rugby World Cup training squad ahead of a busy summer of rugby in the United States prior to the team’s jaunt to England.

The list of players – including Men’s Eagles Sevens Residents Danny Barrett, Andrew Durutalo, Folau Niua, Zach Test, and Brett Thompson – is comprised of 28 domestic-based players and 20 professionals in competition abroad. Todd Clever and Thompson began the competitive season with NTT Shining Arcs in Japan and Edinburgh Rugby in Scotland, respectively, before returning home to train in the U.S.

Inaki Basauri of Tarbes and Louis Mulholland at University of Bath are the only two players who have not been in some sort of Eagles or USA Rugby Selects assembly in the past year-and-a-half. The young, England-based scrum half has risen through the Eagles pathway with the Boys High School All-Americans and most recently with the AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans in the World Rugby U20 Trophy Qualifier series with Canada in March, while Basauri joined an assembly in Republic of Georgia in the fall of 2013.

“In the last World Cup cycle, we didn’t have nearly the same level of depth as we do this go-round,” Tolkin said. “It gives you a little bit of relief to think that, if someone were to go down or wasn’t playing well, there are some quality choices that you can make experience-wise.”

The Eagles will assemble in Santa Clara July 11 ahead of the first two rounds of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup at Avaya Stadium in San Jose and Bonney Field in Sacramento. The squad for the U.S.’s third year in the competition, which will run through to the Finals day in Burnaby, Canada, August 3, will be announced June 22.

Troy Hall, Scott LaValla, Toby L’EstrangeAJ MacGintyAl McFarlandMike Petri, Thretton Palamo, Hayden Smith, Phil Thiel, and Chris Wyles – as well as three players from Glendale Raptors and nine from Seattle Saracens – ended their club seasons with championships, while Wyles extended his year to help the national sevens squad qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games.

“It’s always beneficial to have guys play in the best possible games at the end of the season,” Tolkin said. “The more we can get those guys playing high-level games closer to when we next meet is always a good thing.”

The U.S. will get an early look at World Cup pool mates Japan and Samoa during the Pacific Nations Cup, which will also consist of a match against Tonga and a final match dependent on tournament seeding. The Eagles will rest between the final match day and their next assembly date of August 15, when the squad will prepare for domestic matches against Harlequins and Australia in Philadelphia and Chicago, respectively.

Men’s Eagles | Rugby World Cup 2015 Training Squad 
Danny Barrett – Men’s Eagles Sevens 
Inaki Basauri – Tarbes (France) 
Chris Baumann – Santa Monica RFC 
Todd Clever – OMBAC 
Tom Coolican – Sydney Stars (Australia) 
John Cullen – Seattle Saracens RFC 
Cameron Dolan – Cardiff RFC (Wales) 
Andrew Durutalo – Men’s Eagles Sevens 
Zach Fenoglio – Glendale Raptors RFC 
LeMoto Filikitonga – Metropolis RFC 
Eric Fry – Newcastle RFC (England) 
Troy Hall – NYAC 
Seamus Kelly – San Francisco Golden Gate RFC 
Olive Kilifi – Seattle Saracens RFC 
Niku Kruger – Kutztown University 
Titi Lamositele – Saracens RFC (England) 
Ben Landry – Seattle Saracens RFC 
Scott LaValla – Stade Francais (France) 
Toby L’Estrange – NYAC 
Chad London – Glendale Raptors RFC 
Samu Manoa – Toulon RFC (France) 
Tim Maupin – Trinity College (Ireland) 
Al McFarland – NYAC 
AJ MacGinty – Life Rugby 
Ronnie McLean – Ealing RFC (England) 
Matekitonga Moeakiola – Castenet (France) 
Louis Mulholland – University of Bath (England) 
Takudzwa Ngwenya – Biarritz (France) 
Folau Niua – Men’s Eagles Sevens 
Thretton Palamo – Saracens RFC (England) 
Zach Pangelinan – OMBAC 
Greg Peterson – Glasgow Warriors (Scotland) 
Mike Petri – NYAC 
John Quill – NYAC 
Blaine Scully – Cardiff RFC (Wales) 
Robbie Shaw – Bristol RFC (England) 
Mike Shepherd – Seattle Saracens RFC 
Hayden Smith – Saracens RFC (England) 
Louis Stanfill – Seattle Saracens RFC 
Tim Stanfill – Seattle Saracens RFC 
Kyle Sumsion – Brigham Young University 
Andrew Suniula – CSM Bucuresti (Romania) 
Shalom Suniula – Seattle Saracens RFC 
Zach Test – Men’s Eagles Sevens 
Phil Thiel – Life Rugby 
Brett Thompson – Men’s Eagles Sevens 
Matt Trouville – Seattle Saracens RFC 
Tai Tuisamoa – London Scottish RFC (England) 
Nick Wallace – Glendale Raptors RFC 
Chris Wyles – Saracens RFC (England)

Men’s Eagles | 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 
Paul Goulding – Video Analyst 
Richard Quincy – Physiotherapist 
Zach Vyhnanek – Physiotherapist 
Sarah Sall – Massage Therapist 
Matt Schmitz – Doctor 
Sam Akhavan – Doctor 
Steve Durant – Sports Psychologist 
Matt McCarthy – Media Manager 
Kevin Battle – Assistant Team Manager 
Tristan Lewis – Team Manager