Saturday, June 4, 2011

CHURCHILL CUP RUGBY: USA Eagles Face the Saxons

United States v England Saxons in Northampton (Churchill Cup-Non Test)

Venue: Franklin Garden


This may not be an official test match but it will be one of the toughest games the United States will play before the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The USA will be wanting to make a big impression leading up to the famous event whilst the young English players will want to make a claim for inclusion in the final 30 chosen to play for England at The World Cup.

Although the England Saxons are a young and relatively inexperienced side (only two players remain from the Churchill Cup winning side from last year) they are made up of players from the top tier of English professional rugby. make no mistake, they will be a handful for the USA.

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Prediction: England Saxons by 7



United States
15 Mike Palefau (Utah Warriors)
14 Mile Pulu (San Francisco Golden Gate)
13 Tai Enosa (Belmont Shore)
12 Junior Sifa (Nottingham RFC)
11 Colin Hawley (Olympic Club)
10 Troy Hall (New York Athletic Club)
9 Mike Petri (New York Athletic Club, captain)
8 JJ Gagiano (Univ. of Cape Town)
7 Danny LaPrevotte (San Francisco Golden Gate)
6 Pat Danahy (Life University)
5 Scott LaValla (Stade Francais)
4 John van der Giessen (Utah Warriors)
3 Will Johnson (London Irish)
2 Phil Thiel (Life University)
1 Eric Fry (Las Vegas Blackjacks)
16 Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate)
17 Shawn Pittman (London Welsh)
18 Louis Stanfill (Mogliano)
19 Inaki Basauri (L' Aquila)
20 Tim Usasz (Nottingham RFC)
21 Roland Suniula (Boston Rugby)
22 Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins)

Head Coach: Eddie O’Sullivan


England Saxons

15 Michael Brown (Harlequins)
14 Topsy Ojo (London Irish)
13 Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)
12 William Twelvetrees (Leicester Tigers)
11 Miles Benjamin (Worcester Warriors)
10 Rory Clegg (Harlequins)
9 Michael Young (Newcastle Falcons)
8 Jordon Crane, Capt. (Leicester Tigers)
7 Thomas Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
6 James Gaskell (Sale Sharks)
5 David Attwood (Gloucester Rugby)
4 Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
3 Matthew Stevens (Saracens)
2 Joseph Gray (Harlequins)
1 Matthew Mullan (Worcester Warriors)
16 David Paice (London Irish)
17 Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons)
18 Graham Kitchener (Worcester Warriors)
19 James Gibson (London Irish)
20 Paul Hodgson (London Irish)
21 Alex Goode (Saracens)
22 Charles Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
Head Coach: Stuart Lancaster

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