Falcons and Hawks squads named for NA4
July 4, 2008

USA Falcons head coach Ray Lehner and his USA Hawks counterpart Marty Wiggins have named their squads for the resumption of the IRB North America 4 competition, which returns on 10 July with the all-American encounter at Mount Hood Community College in Oregon.

The Falcons, runners up to Canada West in the two previous cross-border competitions, are comprised of players primarily from the Pacific Coast with those from the Eastern Coast forming the Hawks, who finished third above Canada East in 2007.

Both squads feature a number of players who represented the USA Eagles at last year's Rugby World Cup in France, including Valenese Malifa, Mate Moeakiola and Louis Stanfill of the Falcons and the Hawks' Mark Aylor, John Vitale and John van der Giessen.

In fact 80 percent of players representing Canada and the USA at Rugby World Cup 2007 had participated in the IRB North America 4, which features two elite representative teams from both countries playing in a round robin format to determine the finalists.

Each of the squads also feature a player who was on duty with the USA Under 20 squad at the inaugural IRB Junior World Championship in Wales last month with prop Shawn Pittman on the Falcons roster and scrum half Steven Sablan with the Hawks.

Canada West won the all-Canadian affair 20-15 in Ontario back in May, although only thanks to an injury-time try from Pat Riordan, and they return to action against the Falcons on 15 July and then face the Hawks four days later in two double-headers at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.

Ten days later the semi-finals will take place at Glendale Infinity Park in Denver, before the IRB North America 4 champions of 2008 are decided at the same venue on 2 August.

USA Falcons squad:
Errol Allard (Belmont Shore), Naki Angilau ( Park City Haggis), William Brazier (Old Blue), Luke Council (Cal Poly/USA All-American), Peter Dahl (Belmont Shore), Jason Engelbrecht (Dallas Harlequins), Vaha Esikia (Las Vegas), Gary Golding (University of California/ USA All American), Mark Kernen (Belmont Shore), Jon Kollerer (Olympic Club), Saimone Laulaupeaalu (San Francisco Golden Gate), Mark Litke (Old Puget Sound Beach), Valenese Malifa (Belmont Shore), Tyson Meek (Denver Barbarians), Mate Moeakiola (Pukekohe, NZ), Jone Naqica (San Francisco Golden Gate), Zachary Pangelinan (Old Mission Beach Athletic Club), Shawn Pittman (San Francisco Golden Gate/ USA Under 20), Rikus Pretorius (University of California/ USA All American), Volney Rouse (San Francisco Golden Gate), Derek Smith (Brigham Young University/ USA All American), Louis Stanfill (University of California/ USA All American), Jared Wolfgramm (Belmont Shore), Jesse Taylor (Santa Monica), Mose Timoteo (San Francisco Golden Gate), Tim Usasz (Nottingham).

USA Hawks squad:
Phil Abraham (Chicago Lions), Mark Aylor (Life University), Justin Boyd (Dallas Harlequins), Owen Collins (Boston Irish Wolfhounds), Josh Dean (Air Force Men), James Denise (New York Athletic Club), Brian Doyle (NYAC), Nathan Michael Ebner (The Ohio State University/USA All-American), Michael Graham (Glendale Raptors), Taylor Howden (Glendale Raptors), Justin Hundley (NYAC), Brian Lemay (Boston Irish Wolfhounds), Nicholas Johnson (Denver Barbarians), Travis Meidinger (Denver Barbarians), Keikiokalani Misipeka (Pearl City), Brian Olmes (Potomac Athletic Club), Michael Petri (NYAC), Patrick Quinn (Denver Barbarians), Shawn Rafferty (NYAC), Steven Sablan (PAC/USA Under 20), Chad Slaby (Chicago Lions), Brendan Thompson (Life University), Phil Thiel (Life University), John Van der Giessen (Denver Barbarians), John Vitale (Chicago Lions).

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