PRO Rugby has released the match-day 23s for the four teams in action this weekend. The rosters are starting to become more stable from week to week, but there are still new players trickling into the league. The most notable new name this week is Eric Fry. The 38-cap USA Eagle from Davis, CA joins his hometown Sacramento Express as they come back from a long break. Here’s the latest on that move and other changes this week in PRO Rugby.
1. Nick Wallace 2. Zach Fenoglio 3. Soane Leger
4. Logan Collins 5. Brodie Orth
6. Zac Pauga 7. Hanco Germishuys 8. Pedrie Wannenburg
9. Mose Timoteo 10. Will Magie
11. Dustin Croy 12. Ata Malifa 13. Timana Tahu 14. Michael Garrity
15. Maximo de Achaval
16. Luke White 17. Jake Turnball 18. Lynton Mare 19. TBD
20. Bobby Impson 21. Michael Al-Jiboori 22. TBD 23. TBD
This week’s lineup for the Stampede has four players coming into the starting lineup and other players switching positions. The front row stays the same but behind them is a different lock combination, with Logan Collins moving up to the second row from flanker and Brodie Orth coming off the bench. Zac Pauga and Hanco Germishuys come into the starting lineup in the back row. A shuffling of backs sees Timana Tahu taking Martin Knoetze’s spot and Dustin Croy starting on the wing. Knoetze, Christian Wiessing, Casey Rock, and Peter Dahl are not listed in this week’s squad after starting last week but you can’t immediately rule them out of the matchday 23 altogether with three spots on the bench that are still to be determined.
1. Val Lee-Lo 2. Cameron Falcon 3. Eric Fry
4. Robert Meeson 5. Sione Sina
6. Ryan Koewler 7. Kali Tavake 8. Kyle Sumsion
9. Chris Saint 10. Harry Bennett
11. Cody Jerabek 12. Mirco Bergamasco 13. Nemia Qoro 14. Ryan Thompson
15. Garrett Brewer
16. Matt Doubek 17. Olive Kilifi 18. Sione Latu 19. Alipate Takiveikata
20. Estephan Tuamasaga 21. Jope Motokana 22. Alex Hodgkinson 23. TBD
As mentioned above, Eric Fry makes his first appearance with the Express and takes Olive Kilifi’s usual spot in the starting line-up. John Quill is a notable absence; he did train with the USA Eagles this week but that did not keep Sione Sina from starting. Langilangi Haupeakui will be playing in Sacramento this weekend, but he’s on the bench for the Eagles rather than the Express.
University of Wyoming rugby player Cody Jerabek gets his first start for Sacramento. Jerabek is a relatively new player to the game but he quickly found his footing for the Cowboys and his quick rise in the sport continues in Northern California. Syracuse’s Alex Hodgkinson will also be looking to make his debut. Hodgkinson came to the U.S. from London and is more notable to American fans for his stint as a kicker with the Orange football team rather than his time with the Hammerheads rugby club.
1. Jamie Mackintosh 2. Dylan Fawsitt 3. Demecus Beach
4. Pierce Dargan 5. Ryan McTiernan
6. Filippo Ferrarini 7. Sebastian Kalm 8. Riekert Hattingh
9. Shaun Davies 10. Zac Mizell
11. Alex Elkins 12. Dominic Waldouck 13. Roland Suniula 14. Spike Davis
15. Allan Hanson
16. Peter Malcolm 17. Dominic Pezzutti 18. Chad Joseph 19. Chris Kunkel
20. Robbie Shaw 21. Ryan Cochran 22. Derrek Van Klein 23. Ahmad Harajly
Ohio’s roster is very similar to the one from last week’s romp in Denver. Only one player, flyhalf Taylor Howden, is left off the roster this week. Zac Mizell moves up from fullback to take his position, and Allan Hanson moves up from the bench to start at fullback. Ryan Cochran is added to the bench.
San Francisco Rush
1. Niko Lolohea 2. Patrick Latu 3. Fancy Namulauulu
4. Nick Grass 5. Jeremy Lenaerts
6. Siupeli Sakalia 7. Sam Finau 8. Bill Fukofuka
9. Devereaux Ferris 10. Volney Rouse
11. Michael Haley 12. Orene Ai’i 13. Junior Helu 14. Jake Anderson
15. Martini Talapusi
16. Jay Finau 17. Mone Laulaupeaalu 18. Codi Jones 19. Neil Barrett
20. CC Mahoni 21. Pila Huihui 22. Jack O’Hara 23. Michael Reid
The Rush make a number of changes to their roster as they head to Obetz, but the biggest surprise is marquee player Mils Muliaina’s absence from the roster this week. He is replaced in the starting lineup by Junior Helu, who moves from the bench to the starting lineup for the first time, and winger Pila Huihui has been added to the bench. The other change in the backs is at scrumhalf, where Devereaux Ferris will start in place of Michael Reid, who moves to the bench.
There was even more shifting among the forwards for this week’s trip. Brendan Daly and Isaac Helu aren’t listed after starting last week, and David Tameilau is also missing from the roster after coming off the bench last week. Daly is replaced by Nick Grass, whose suspension ended this week, and Siupeli Sakalia steps back into the starting lineup in place of Helu. Niko Lolohea will also return to the starting lineup this week, with Codi Jones dropping to the bench. Neil Barrett from San Francisco Golden Gate makes his first appearance on the Rush’s match-day 23, and CC Mahoni also returns to the bench.