RWC 2015, Eagle's expectations

Tuesday, USA Rugby announced their roster for the Rugby World Cup 2015, and in their press conference yesterday afternoon, they talked about what they need to get ready for those matches, and how the team has been working together so far this year.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOne of the biggest factors going into the Rugby World Cup is that the USA Eagles have had key wins against Canada and Japan. They have also played tough test matches, and this is the most consecutive time that the Eagles have spent together, which only builds a teams ability to play well and function as one unit. One tough part of becoming "one" is the constant travel from state to state, country to country, and for the Eagles that is going to play into RWC. Eagle's coach Mike Tolkin said

It's starting to feel like what day is it what city are we in, but I will say the moral of the guys has been great. Everyone is really focused on being a good team member and keeping the spirits alive. We're trying to foster that environment because it's easy to drag and get moral low but I think the opposite has happened. A lot of guys are involved and getting time in games and it doesn't hurt when you've been announced as part of the World Cup Roster and you're a part of it.  That brings a hell of a lot of excitement.

Chris Wyles is now the captain of the Eagles XV squad and will help lead them into this World Cup. This is not a completely new position by any means though as he was USA captain for the IRB Sevens World Series and went to World Cup with the Eagles in 2007. Back in that leadership position, Wyles think that this strong summer had made everyone a better player.

It's been big shoes to fill and an interesting experience. I don't think there has been one person on or off the field, the team has a lot of strong players, hard working, and that have been collaborating really well.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe team will take this weekend's game as well as their other matches through out the summer and translate that into what is needed for their first game against Samoa. They are a team with a lot of talent and speed, but the Eagles know they need to perform strong in their opening game as it will set the tone for the rest of the RWC. Some challenges Wyles addressed were

Straight away their physicality in the first game they will be dominant in that regard and they have some new players they brought onto the squad talented players, we believe if we play they game we know we can play, then we will do well. It will be exciting game for us because it's one of two game where who ever wins has a great chance to push on.

This weekend's match will definitely show off their new and improved fitness, their team strengths and how playing together over the summer has built the best looking Eagles XV squad that has been seen.


Your Rugby World Cup 2015 Roster and game schedule is:

Men's Eagles | Rugby World Cup 2015
Danny Barrett - Men's Eagles Sevens
Chris Baumann - Santa Monica RC
Cameron Dolan - Cardiff Blues (Wales)
Andrew Durutalo - Men's Eagles Sevens
Zach Fenoglio - Glendale Raptors RFC
Eric Fry - Newcastle Falcons (England)
Seamus Kelly - San Francisco Golden Gate RFC
Olive Kilifi - Seattle Saracens RC
Niku Kruger - Glendale Raptors RFC
Titi Lamositele - Saracens FC (England)
Scott LaValla - Stade Francais CASG (France)
AJ MacGinty - Life Rugby
Samu Manoa - RC Toulonnais (France)
Al McFarland - NYAC
Matekitonga Moeakiola - Castenet (France)
Takudzwa Ngwenya - Biarritz Olympique (France)
Folau Niua - Men's Eagles Sevens
Thretton Palamo - London Welsh RFC (England)
Greg Peterson - Glasgow Warriors (Scotland)
Mike Petri - NYAC
John Quill - NYAC
Blaine Scully (Vice Captain) - Cardiff Blues (Wales)
Hayden Smith - Saracens FC (England)
Louis Stanfill - Seattle Saracens RC
Andrew Suniula - CSM Bucuresti (Romania)
Shalom Suniula - Seattle Saracens RC
Joseph Taufete'e - Belmont Shore RFC
Zack Test - Men's Eagles Sevens
Phil Thiel - Life Rugby
Brett Thompson - Men's Eagles Sevens
Chris Wyles (Captain) - Saracens FC (England)

Men's Eagles | Rugby World Cup 2015 Staff
Mike Tolkin - Head Coach
Justin Fitzpatrick - Assistant Coach (Forwards)
Nate Osborne - Assistant Coach (Backs/Attack)
Phil Bailey - Assistant Coach (Defence)
David Williams - Strength and Conditioning Coach
Chris O'Brien - Assistant Coach (Video Analyst)
Paul Goulding - Video Analyst
Richard Quincy - Physiotherapist
Zach Vyhnanek - Physiotherapist
Sarah Sall - Massage Therapist
Matt Schmitz - Doctor (Samoa/Scotland)
Sam Akhavan - Doctor (South Africa/Japan)
Brad Norris - Doctor (South Africa)
Steve Durant - Sports Psychologist
Matt McCarthy - Media Manager
Kevin Battle - Assistant Team Manager
Tristan Lewis - Team Manager

Men's Eagles | Rugby World Cup 2015
v. Samoa - Sunday, Sept. 20 - 7 a.m. ET
v. Scotland - Sunday, Sept. 27 - 9:30 a.m. ET
v. South Africa - Wednesday, Oct. 7 - noon ET
v. Japan - Sunday, Oct. 11 - 3 p.m. ET

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