Friday, November 9, 2012


This is the first of four rugby test matches to be played in the IRB’s International Rugby Series. The tournament is to be staged in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.

The other teams are Canada, Samoa and Tonga. The first series is today 9th November with the second being on the 17th November.

The first games this Friday are Canada v Samoa and Russia v USA

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

Russia has selected an experienced side whilst USA has five new test players in their squad for this match.

These teams last met at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in pool play. USA won 13-6 in New Plymouth.

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: Russia 18th, USA 20th

IRB Ranking Points
USA 66.61, Russia 61.07

Prediction: USA by 3 points



United States

15   Christopher Wyles Saracens, England
14   Cornelius Dirksen  Life University RFC
13   Paul Emerick  London Wasps, England
12   Andrew Suniula  Chicago Griffins RFC
11   Luke Hume  Old Blues RFC
10   Tobias L'Estrange New York Athletic Club
9   Robert Shaw Richmond RFC, England
8   Todd Clever (Capt.) NTT Shining Arc, Japan
7   John Quill Boston RFC
6   Scott Lavalla  Stade Francais, France
5   Louis Stanfill  Vicenza Gers, Italy
4   Brian Doyle  New York Athletic Club
3   Eric Fry  Manawatu, New Zealand
2   Christopher Biller  Unattached
1   Shawn Pittman  Unattached
16   Zachary Fenoglio  Glendale Raptors RFC
17   Nicholas Wallace St Mary's RFC
18   Anthony Purpura Boston RFC
19   Inaki Basauri Tarbes Pyrenees Rugby, France 
20   Peter Dahl Belmont Shore RFC
21   Michael Petri  New York Athletic Club
22   Roland Suniula  FC Auch, France
23   Gearoid McDonald Old Belvedere RFC, Ireland
    HEAD COACH: Michael Tolkin



15   Igor Klyuchnikov  VVA-Podmoskovje
14   Denis Simplikevich  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
13   Vasily Artemyev  Northampton Saints, England
12   Alexander Makovetsky  Krasny Yar
11   Vladimir Ostrushko  Kuban Krasnodar
10   Sergey Sugrobov  Slava Moscow
9   Alexey Scherban  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
8   Victor Gresev  Krasny Yar
7   Pavel Butenko  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
6   Andrey Temnov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
5   Kirill Kulemin  London Welsh, England
4   Alexander Voytov (Capt.) VVA-Podmoskovye
3   Evgeny Pronenko  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
2   Valeriy Tsnobiladze Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
1   Gregory Tsnobiladze  Krasny Yar
16   Vladislav Korshunov  VVA-Podmoskovye
17   Alexey Volkov  VVA-Podmoskovye
18   Innokenty Zykov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
19   Andrey Garbuzov  Krasny Yar
20   Ramil Gaysin Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
21   Gleb Babkin Slava Moscow
22   Vladimir Boltenkov  Imperia Penza
23   Dmitry Gerasimov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
    HEAD COACH: Kingsley Jones

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