After a call was put out to American players to form a USA Invitational side to play Tukapa September 11 in New Zealand, players have responded.
Former Los Angeles RFC assistant Jaxs Roper, who also coaches select side in Southern California, will coach the team. Evan Wollen, sometime RUGBYMag.com columnist and former West Point women’s Head Coach, and a colonel in the US Army, will manage the team.
So far, 22 players have signed on, although from the looks of things they could still stand to have a couple more props.
Here, then, is the preliminary lineup:
Calder Orr (Old Blue) Lock
Julian Bristow (Los Angeles) Back
Jerry Loeffler (Los Angeles) Lock
Marcus Pigrom (Los Angeles) Back
Jason Scott (Los Angeles) Wing/Fullback
Jake Wood (Chico State) Flanker
Andrew Steers (Chico State) Scrumhalf
Spencer Paddock (Montana) Back
Max Levine (NYAC) Scrumhalf/Center
Alex White (Jackson Hole) Prop/Lock
Bobby Gosney (Nelson) Prop
Mike Pappa (Connecticut)
Derek Wolf (Nashville) No. 8
Neil Doherty (Texas) Prop/Hooker/Flanker
James Marks (Belmont Shore) Flanker
Michael Norton (Austin) Prop
Nick Manfred (Dayton) Flanker
Ian Pope (Washington DC) Lock/Flanker
James Thomson (Washington DC) Center/Wing
Chris Weis (Washington DC) Back
Brian VanRemmen (Village Lions, NY) Back
Name Unconfirmed (California) Back
The Tukapa club has adopted the USA as their team and is serving as the host club to USA fans while they are in New Plymouth for the first two USA World Cup matches.
The USA Invitational v. Tukapa match will take place early on September 11, giving all fans plenty of time to see the Eagles face Ireland later that day.