Friday, October 11, 2013

Mike Tolken Names Eagle Selects for This Weekend

The USA Eagles head coach Mike Tolken has made his selections for the Eagle Selects who will compete in the first round of the ARC against the Argentina Jaguars.   The side is a mix of experienced Eagles who played in the Summer test series, as well as some up and comers.  Without a doubt the biggest shock, and mistake in this bloggers humble opinion is the inclusion of Toby L'Estrange at fly-half.  The NYAC pivot struggled mightily over the summer while wearing the 10 jersey for the Eagles, and many speculated that Tolkin would use the ARC as an opportunity to try out some new options.  However, Tolkin is turning to his former player once again. One would think he must be on a short leash at this time.

Here's how the rest of the line out plays out.

Forwards: Titi Lamositele, Phil Thiel, Shawn Pittman, Graham Harriman, Will Haydock, Danny Barrett, Liam Murphy, Cam Dolan

Backs: Shaun Davies, Toby L'Estrange, Ed Mills, Mile Pulu, Chris Chapman, Mark Roberts, Adam Siddall,

Bench: Cam Falcon, Nick Wallace, Chris Sullivan, Tai Tuisamoa, Derek Asbun, Chris Saint, Peter Moala, Tim Maupin

Outside of L'Estrange there are a few other players who we will keep a close eye on and their level of play.  Young Titi Lamositele caught plenty of peoples eyes this summer when earned his first cap.  He's gone on to a trial with the Saracens, and is hoping to catch on with a European club once the ARC is complete.  A strong showing over this tournament will help those options. Cam Dolan is lining up at 8-man and could make a claim to being ready to be a full time international player.  Finally, Shaun Davies is a strong scrum-half that is looking to put a stamp on his spot with the full Eagles, and he certainly has proven to deserve it so far.  

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