USA Falls to Harlequins, Gears up for World Cup
It was a beautiful day for rugby over the weekend at PPL Park as London's legendary Harlequin F.C. came to town to play the USA Eagles.
For the Eagles, the exhibition match was a warm-up to their 2015 World Cup run, which kicks off vs Samoa on Sept. 20. For Philly-area fans, it was a chance to tailgate and soak in some great rugby.
The game was a defensive clinic, with both sides grudgingly giving up ground under a blazing Pennsylvania sun as crowds chanted and container ships slid past on the Delaware River.
Much of the first half of this 15-a-side contest was owned by the US team, which jumped out to an 11-0 lead before the Harlequins answered with two of their own (helped by penalties) to make it 14-11 at the half.
The Quins pulled away in the second half, though team USA kept it close with another try. The final was Harlequins 24-USA 19.
The Eagles' next contest is against Australia Sept. 5 in Chicago.
World Cup Squad Announced
The USA Eagles have announced their 2015 World Cup squad. Listed below are the 31 players traveling as part of the team, with their respective college/club affiliations.
World Cup Pool B play takes the USA to Britain to face Samoa (Sept. 20, 7am ET), Scotland (Sept. 27, 9:30am ET), South Africa (Oct. 7, noon ET) and Japan (Oct. 11, 3pm ET).
Each of the team's four pool matches will be broadcast live on Universal Sports.
Men's Eagles | Rugby World Cup 2015
Danny Barrett - Men's Eagles Sevens
Chris Baumann - Santa Monica RC
Cameron Dolan - Cardiff Blues (Wales)
Andrew Durutalo - Men's Eagles Sevens
Zach Fenoglio - Glendale Raptors RFC
Eric Fry - Newcastle Falcons (England)
Seamus Kelly - San Francisco Golden Gate RFC
Olive Kilifi - Seattle Saracens RC
Niku Kruger - Glendale Raptors RFC
Titi Lamositele - Saracens FC (England)
Scott LaValla - Stade Francais CASG (France)
AJ MacGinty - Life Rugby
Samu Manoa - RC Toulonnais (France)
Al McFarland - NYAC
Matekitonga Moeakiola - Castenet (France)
Takudzwa Ngwenya - Biarritz Olympique (France)
Folau Niua - Men's Eagles Sevens
Thretton Palamo - London Welsh RFC (England)
Greg Peterson - Glasgow Warriors (Scotland)
Mike Petri - NYAC
John Quill - NYAC
Blaine Scully (Vice Captain) - Cardiff Blues (Wales)
Hayden Smith - Saracens FC (England)
Louis Stanfill - Seattle Saracens RC
Andrew Suniula - CSM Bucuresti (Romania)
Shalom Suniula - Seattle Saracens RC
Joseph Taufete'e - Belmont Shore RFC
Zack Test - Men's Eagles Sevens
Phil Thiel - Life Rugby
Brett Thompson - Men's Eagles Sevens
Chris Wyles (Captain) - Saracens FC (England)