USA Men's Falcons secondary squad lands in Montevideo for two matches against Uruguay XV and Argentina XV

Travis Prior
Travis Prior

A secondary squad of USA Men’s Falcons have arrived in Montevideo, Uruguay this week for the 2022 Uruguay Conference, a Men’s fifteens development tournament hosted at Estadio Charrua.

Head Coach Shawn Pittman has selected 26 Men’s Eagles prospects to travel and compete across two matches, the first against Uruguay XV on Thursday, October 13 and the second against Argentina XV on Tuesday, October 18. Traditionally the Americas Pacific Challenge, this yearly assembly of North and South American development squads has been a key growth and identification opportunity for the Men’s Eagles pathway. Live streaming details have yet to be confirmed by event organizers, but will be shared on @usarugby social media channels as soon as they are known.


USA Men’s Falcons vs. Uruguay XV

Thursday, October 13 | 6:40PM ET | Charrúa Stadium

Argentina XV vs USA Falcons

Tuesday, October 18 | 6:40PM ET | Charrúa Stadium

Pittman noted ahead of the two-match set, “I think it will be a positive experience for these young guys. As a group, we spoke about what success looks like and I feel like we have some serious buy-in to what we’re trying to achieve on this short tour.”

The tournament also acts as an extension of the development partnership between USA Rugby and Major League Rugby (MLR) as the large majority of those selected are currently competing or committed with MLR clubs for the upcoming 2023 season. Chris Bauman and Jason Damm will bring senior national team experience and leadership to the squad as capped USA Eagles, while Ethan McVeigh joins right after his invite to Gary Gold’s senior squad camp in Glendale, CO last month.

Pittman continued, “MLR has provided a foundation to the development of American players within the League. 15 of the 26 players here with us in Uruguay are currently playing in MLR with more joining either through the Draft this spring or the USA Rugby Academy.”

Last month, USA Rugby hosted a multi-week academy as part of the strategic partnership with World Rugby at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, composed of 29 players who came through the USA Rugby Talent IDs Camps and Combine, Junior National Teams, and MLR recommendations. A camp that culminated in an exhibition win over the American Raptors, 35-21.


Shane Barry Flyhalf Seattle Seawolves Draftee
Zachary Bastres Wing New England Free Jacks
Christopher Bauman Prop San Diego Legion
Jason Damm Back Row Rugby ATL
Jonah Dietenberger Lock Utah Warriors
Mikaele Felix Prop/Hooker Sydenham Rugby Club (NZL)
Willis Goodwin Wing/Fullback USA Rugby Academy
Collin Grosse Back Row USA Rugby Academy / Old Glory DC Draftee
Dominick Iacovino Center San Diego Legion
Karl Keane Halfback Saint Mary's College / Seattle Seawolves
Line Latu Flyhalf American Raptors
John LeFevre Halfback Old Glory DC
Alex Lopeti Hooker NOLA Gold
Michael Matarazzo Lock Dallas Jackals
Aaron Matthews Center NOLA Gold
Ethan McVeigh Halfback American Raptors
Patrick Medina Center Unattached
Ronan Murphy Back Row American Raptors
Darby Nelligan Hooker USA Rugby Academy / San Diego Legion Draftee
Mason Pedersen Prop Austin Gilgronis
Owen Sheehy Fullback Old Glory DC
Devin Short Back Row NOLA Gold
Lincoln Sii Prop Rugby ATL
Tavius Sykora-Matthess Lock American Raptors
Jake Turnbull Prop Austin Gilgronis
Pita Vi Wing/Fullback USA Rugby Academy


Shawn Pittman | Head Coach

Elvis Seveali'i | Assistant Coach

Brendan Keane | Assistant Coach

Matoko Noudehou | Strength & Conditioning Coach

Santiago Aguirre Noriega | Physiotherapist

Jared Laudmirault | Performance Analyst

Darran Coleman | Team Manager