USA Men’s Eagles ready for new horizon as 2023 Player Pool is Announced

Thu, May 11, 2023, 4:26 PM
by Taylor Dean
Melissa Lear Photography
Melissa Lear Photography

54 athletes have been selected for the 2023 USA Men’s Eagles player pool, announced today by interim General Manager and Head Coach Scott Lawrence. Familiar faces return to camp while 19 new prospects will put their hand up for their first international appearance. 

Lawrence and staff will review the pool of 54 to eventually select traveling rosters for the upcoming three-match Europe tour in August, and a hopeful test series later in the fall. Captain AJ MacGinty, a mix of notable veterans, and new faces find themselves on the Elite Player Squad List. Collin Grosse, Devin Short, and Line Latu join the pool after standout performances with the Men’s Falcons during the 2022 Americas Pacific Challenge in Uruguay in October 2022. 

A short roster of contributing names will also sit out this summer tour as they recover from injury, including Benjamin Bonasso, Cory Daniel, Hanco Germishuys, Jason Damm, Mike Dabulas, Nafi Ma’afu, and Paul Lasike.

Interim Head Coach Scott Lawrence on the 2023 pool: 

“We’re grateful to the Eagles DnA group who watched all of our American players in detail each week in order to form a more complete profile for selection. I believe we achieved a fair balance of enhanced analytics from Jimmy Harrison and coach intuition from the DnA group into the selection process.

The EPS named is as of today, there are several more players outside of the 54 knocking on the door that can still make their way into the EPS through the remainder of this season.  

Final selection will now come down to character above talent. That means the degree to which our values of love, work, and energy show up. Every game we watch in these final few weeks we’ll be checking to see who can consistently deliver the intensity we need to play a dynamic American game plan.”

The player selections come following a recent alignment camp hosted by Lawrence and staff in North Carolina this past March. The gathering brought current team leadership together with influential Men’s Eagles alumni to recalibrate the identity and the team environment going forward. Attending players included AJ MacGinty, Nate Augspurger, Tavite Lopeti, Dylan Fawsitt and Jamason Fa'anana-Schultz, alongside Eagle alumni Alatini Saulala, David Hodges, Chris Wyles, and Blaine Scully. Also in attendance was U20 Head Coach and Eagle alumni Kyle Sumsion.

“We set out to connect the past Eagles with current Eagles to define the characteristics of an ideal Eagle that thrives in a great Eagle environment.

The group established a new vision for the 2023 Eagles team and more importantly alignment on an action plan we’ll put in place over the next four months to produce ideal Eagles and great Eagle teams in both the U20s and senior team. There is real clarity now that we are part of an unbroken chain of past Eagles that have experience on offer and want to see the team do great things, things never done before. I’m proud of the group’s focus and inspired to do my part in implementing the vision.” 

2023 USA Men’s Eagles Player Pool
Name Position Club
AJ MacGinty Flyhalf Bristol Bears
Aki Pulu Inside Center American Raptors
Angus MacLellan Tighthead Prop Utah Warriors
Ben Landry 2nd Row Seattle Seawolves
Ben Mitchell 2nd Row Seattle Seawolves
Bryce Campbell Inside Center Chicago Hounds
Cam Dolan 2nd Row NOLA Gold
Chance Wenglewski Loosehead Prop Rugby New York
Chris Mattina Flyhalf Chicago Hounds
Christian Dyer Wing Houston SaberCats
Collin Grosse Blindside Old Glory DC
Conner Mooneyham Wing Seattle Seawolves
David Ainu’u Loosehead Prop Stade Toulousain
Devin Short Openside NOLA Gold
Dominic Akina Outside Center Houston SaberCats
Duncan van Schalkwyk Flyhalf Rugby ATL
Dylan Fawsitt Hooker Rugby New York
Faka’osi Pifeleti Loosehead Prop San Diego Legion
Greg Peterson 2nd Row Newcastle Falcons
Jack Iscaro Loosehead Prop Old Glory DC
Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz Number 8 Old Glory DC
Joe Taufete’e Hooker Houston SaberCats
Joseph Mano Wing Utah Warriors
Kaleb Geiger Tighthead Prop Rugby New York
Kapeli Pifeleti Hooker Saracens
Keni Nasoqeqe Blindside Houston SaberCats
Lauina Futi Wing Seattle Seawolves
Line Latu Fullback American Raptors
Luke Carty Flyhalf Chicago Hounds
Luke White Number 8 Chicago Hounds
Malon Al-Jiboori Openside Houston SaberCats
Martin Iosefo Wing Seattle Seawolves
Michael Baska Scrumhalf Chicago Hounds
Mika Kruse Outside Center Utah Warriors
Mikey Sosene-Feagai Hooker Agen
Mitch Wilson Fullback New England Free Jacks
Moni Tonga’uiha Openside NOLA Gold
Nate Augspurger Wing San Diego Legion
Nate Brakeley 2nd Row Rugby New York
Nathan Sylvia Tighthead Prop San Diego Legion
Nick McCarthy Scrumhalf Leinster
Pat O’Toole Hooker NOLA Gold
Paul Mullen Tighthead Prop Utah Warriors
Peter Malcolm Hooker Seattle Seawolves
Riekert Hattingh Number 8 Seattle Seawolves
Ruben de Haas Scrumhalf Saracens
Ryan Rees Scrumhalf Rugby ATL
Sam Golla 2nd Row Dallas Jackals
Siaosi Mahoni 2nd Row Houston SaberCats
Tavite Lopeti Outside Center Seattle Seawolves
Thomas Tu’avao Number 8 Utah Warriors
Vili Helu Blindside Rugby ATL
Will Hooley Fullback San Diego Legion
2023 USA Men’s Eagles Staff

Head Coach | Scott Lawrence

Assistant Coach - Attack | Alama Ieremia

Assistant Coach - Forwards and Defense | Nick Easter 

Assistant Coach - Scrum | Blake Bradford

Head of Athlete Performance | Alex Ross

Individual Skill Development | Elvis Seveali’i 

Head Analyst | Jimmy Harrison

Technical Adviser | Grant Keenan

Head Physiotherapist | Kristen Douhan

Sports Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz

Team Manager | Oscar Alvarez

2023 USA Men’s Eagles August Tour
Date Match Location
5-Aug USA vs Romania Bucharest, ROM
12-Aug USA vs Portugal Algarve, POR
19-Aug USA vs Georgia Tbilisi, GEO