Men’s Eagles Summer Series comes to a close with final fixture against Georgia

Thu, Aug 17, 2023, 10:17 PM
by Calder Cahill.

The USA Men’s Eagles will complete a five-week assembly on Saturday when they run out against 11th ranked Georgia from Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi.

A team known for size and their forward pack, the Georgians will be the largest test for this developing USA group continuing to strengthen their core and cohesion. Head Coach Scott Lawrence and staff have selected the match day 23 that feature a few moves at the starting positions, and a nod to Saint Mary’s Freshman, Dominic Besag who will have the opportunity for his first cap. Should Besag sub in, he will be the second youngest Men’s Eagle to appear in an international test match. USA vs Georgia kicks off Saturday, August 19 at 11am ET, live and free on The Rugby Network.

Head Coach Scott Lawrence noted ahead of Saturday, “For the final match, the goal is again to play better than we did the previous match. The expectation within the squad is to be ourselves, the best version of ourselves, get out there and play better.”

Thomas Tu’avao and Chris Mattina will earn their first career starts on match day, while Ruben de Haas will also step into the starting scrumhalf role. Cam Dolan will notably shift to flanker as Sam Golla starts in the #4 shirt. Tommaso Boni will also return to the pitch as Mika Kruse departs for the States, recovering from a hand injury.

Capping off a wild ride across the USA Rugby system since last summer, Dominic Besag earns a roster spot and opportunity to debut. Besag was called up directly from the Men’s U20s World Rugby Trophy camp in Kenya before the traveling squad took off for Europe, spending the last three weeks engrained in the senior national team environment. First pulling on the USA shirt with the Men’s U18s last summer in Amsterdam, Besag could become the second youngest Men’s Eagle to ever debut at 19 years old, shortly behind Thretton Palamo’s debut in 2007.

Lawrence noted on Besag’s selection, “American’s need to play minutes, that’s how we develop. They need to play games; they need to play hard games under pressure. We hope Dom takes the experiences of this match and camp, and continues to get more gametime over time, making him and international player to be proud of.”

USA Men’s Eagles Roster | USA vs Georgia
Name Club Caps
1. Jack Iscaro Old Glory DC 4
2. Dylan Fawsitt New York Ironworkers 24
3. Kaleb Geiger New York Ironworkers 1
4. Sam Golla Dallas Jackals 2
5. Greg Peterson (C) Unattached 41
6. Cam Dolan NOLA Gold 65
7. Paddy Ryan Coventry (ENG) 2
8. Thomas Tu'avao Utah Warriors 2
9. Ruben de Haas Free State Cheetahs (RSA) 30
10. Luke Carty Chicago Hounds 13
11. Nate Augspurger (VC) San Diego Legion 38
12. Tommaso Boni Zebra (ITA) 1
13. Tavite Lopeti Seattle Seawolves 9
14. Christian Dyer Houston SaberCats 13
15. Chris Mattina Chicago Hounds 2
16. Peter Malcolm Seattle Seawolves 12
17. Jake Turnbull Seattle Seawolves 2
18. Paul Mullen Utah Warriors 32
19. Nate Brakeley New York Ironworkers 31
20. Luke White Chicago Hounds 2
21. Nick McCarthy Leinster 2
22. Dominic Besag Saint Mary's College Debut
23. Lauina Futi Seattle Seawolves 1

2023 USA Men’s Eagles Staff

Head Coach | Scott Lawrence

Assistant Coach - Attack | Alama Ieremia

Assistant Coach - Forwards and Defense | Nick Easter

Head of Athlete Performance | Alex Ross

Head Analyst | Jimmy Harrison

Head Physiotherapist | Kristen Douhan

Assistant ATC | Ron Klingensmith

Sports Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz

Team Doctor | Sam Akhavan

Team Manager | Oscar Alvarez

2023 USA Men’s Eagles Schedule

Aug 5 | USA vs Romania | (W) 31-17

Aug 12 | USA vs Portugal | (L) 20-46

Aug 19 | USA vs Georgia | Tbilisi, GEO

Sep 17 | USA vs Stade Toulousain | Salt Lake City, UT