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Wyles to lead USA at World Cup

Wyles to lead USA at World Cup

Saracens winger Chris Wyles will captain the USA at the Rugby World Cup off the back of a superb Aviva Premiership Rugby season.

Wyles amassed 13 league tries last season in a campaign that saw him become one of the most prolific players in the competition and he will be hoping to display his eye for the line again when the World Cup kicks off.

Joining him in the USA squad is Saracens teammate and second row Hayden Smith, who returned to the club from a stint in the NFL last year.

Winger Blaine Scully, who spent two years at Leicester Tigers before leaving for Cardiff Blues this summer, is named vice-captain.

Former Northampton Saints back row duo Samu Manoa and Cam Dolan are also included in head coach Mike Tolkin’s 31-man squad.

And a pair of Aviva Premiership Rugby props have made the cut – Eric Fry of Newcastle Falcons and Saracens youngster Titi Lamositele.

The USA kick off their campaign against Samoa on September 20 before facing Scotland, South Africa and Japan in Pool B
 
USA World Cup squad:
 
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)

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