CARSON, Calif. – Men’s Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin has named his team’s starting roster for its opening match of the IRB Pacific Nations Cup against Japan Saturday, June 14, at StubHub Center.
The starting XV features five changes from the Eagles’ starters in last week’s 24-6 loss to Scotland at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, including the return of Samu Manoa at lock. Danny Barrett will earn his first starting cap at blindside flanker and Nick Wallace will partner Olive Kilifi at prop.
Barrett was a member of the Eagles Select XV at the 2013 IRB Americas Rugby Championship in Canada last August.
“We like the way Danny’s progressed,” Tolkin said. “He’s had a great ARC, he’s done really well in sevens, he’s performed for us in camp. So it adds another ball-carrying option for us.
“He’s a good defender, a good, young player. That kind of dictated some of the other moves we had.”
Barrett will start alongside Todd Clever, who will captain the Eagles from openside flanker.
Andrew Suniula will miss the Pacific Nations Cup with an injury sustained in last weekend’s match, though Phil Thiel retains his spot at hooker despite coming out of the match against Scotland with an apparent first-half injury.
Seamus Kelly will take Suniula’s spot at inside center, while Folau Niua will start at outside center.
“At Cal, [Kelly] played a lot of 13, and with the Eagles he’s played a lot of 13,” Tolkin said. “But he’s done some 12 and before college he played a lot of 12 so he’s got a lot of experience at both centers.”
In total, nine of the starting XV currently hold less than 10 international caps, though Cam Dolan and Kelly will earn their 10th caps Saturday.
“Every game, we play the team we believe suits the opposition,” Tolkin said. “That’s how we go about selections. We think we have young players who can step in and a do a job.”
Japan scored six tries, including a penalty try, in a 38-20 win at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo during last year’s Pacific Nations Cup. Clever, who plays professionally for NTT Shining Arcs in Japan’s Top League, earned his 50th cap against Japan.
Japan has won the previous four meetings between the two nations and holds a 7-1-12 all-time record against the Eagles.
|Last 10 Games played between the USA and JAPAN|
|23-Jun-13||Japan||38 – 20||United States|
|21-Aug-11||Japan||20 – 14||United States|
|22-Nov-08||Japan||32 – 17||United States|
|16-Nov-08||Japan||29 – 19||United States|
|27-Oct-03||Japan||26 – 39||United States|
|17-May-03||United States||69 – 27||Japan|
|27-May-00||Japan||21 – 36||United States|
|12-Jun-99||United States||31 – 47||Japan|
|13-Jun-98||United States||21 – 25||Japan|
|10-May-98||Japan||27 – 38||United States|
|Games Played||20||Games Played||20|
|*Games Won||12||*Games Won||7|
|*Games Lost||7||*Games Lost||12|
|Games Drawn||1||Games Drawn||1|
|*Longest Winning Streak||4||*Longest Winning Streak||4|
|*Longest Losing Streak||4||*Longest Losing Streak||4|
|*Largest Points For||74||*Largest Points For||47|
|*Largest Points Against||47||*Largest Points Against||74|
|*Largest Winning Margin||69||*Largest Winning Margin||18|
|*Largest Losing Margin||-18||*Largest Losing Margin||-69|
|*Total Points For||585||*Total Points For||443|
|*Avg Points For||29.25||*Avg Points For||22.15|
|*Total Points Against||443||*Total Points Against||585|
|*Avg Points Against||22.15||*Avg Points Against||29.25|
|*Total Points Difference||142||*Total Points Difference||-142|
|*Avg Points Difference||7.10||*Avg Points Difference||-7.10|
|* = By USA||* = By Japan|
POSSIBLE RR World Rankings outcome on Result
USA (on 67.16 points) at home -vs- JAP (on 74.89 points)
|Possible Outcome||Rating Point
|If USA win by 1-15 points||1.473||68.63||73.42||No|
|If USA win by more than 15||2.210||69.37||72.68||No|
|If result is a draw||0.473||67.63||74.42||No|
|If JAP win by 1-15 points||0.527||66.63||75.42||No|
|If JAP win by more than 15||0.790||66.37||75.68||No|
Kickoff at StubHub Center Saturday is scheduled for 7:30 P.M. PT on Universal Sports. Get live match updates on Twitter with @USARugby.
1. Nick Wallace 2. Phil Thiel 3. Olive Kilifi 4. Samu Manoa 5. Scott LaValla 6. Danny Barrett 7. Todd Clever 8. Cameron Dolan 9. Mike Petri 10. Shalom Suniula 11. Tim Maupin 12. Seamus Kelly 13. Folau Niua 14. Blaine Scully 15. Chris Wyles Reserves 16. Tom Coolican 17. Eric Fry 18. Titi Lamositele 19. Louis Stanfill 20. Kyle Sumsion 21. Chad London 22. Thretton Palamo 23. Miles Craigwell
1. Masataka Mikami 2. Shota Horie 3. Kensuke Hatakeyama 4. Shoji Ito 5. Luke Thompson 6. Justin Ives 7. Michael Leitch (C) 8. Holani Ryu Koliniashi 9. Fumiaki Tanaka 10. Harumichi Tatekawa 11. Kenki Fukuoka 12. Yu Tamura 13. Male Sau 14. Akihito Yamada 15. Ayumu Goromaru Reserves 16. Hisateru Hirashima 17. Takeshi Kizu 18. Hiroshi Yamashita 19. Shinya Makabe 20. Hitoshi Ono 21. Hendrik Tui 22. Atsushi Hiwasa 23. Toshiaki Hirose
USA Eagles | Pacific Nations Cup
v Japan – Saturday, June 14 – Carson, Calif.
v Canada – Saturday, June 21 – Sacramento, Calif.
Date: Saturday, June 14
Kick-off: 19:30 local (Sunday 02:30 GMT, 01:30 BST)
Venue: StubHub Centre, Carson California
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
Assistant referees: Leighton Hodges (Wales), Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
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