COLONIAL CUP 2
The USA coaching staff will have a chance to review more players for the return game of the Colonial Cup on American soil next Saturday. A number of players have been ruled out through injury or unavailability that will make way for other players to showcase their skills and push their way into the team. Gareth Baxendale and Akarika Dawn have work commitments while John Dykeman (Shoulder) and Ben Sadgrove (Arm) will not recover from injuries sustained in game one to be ready for game two. USA skipper Apple Pope and Kenny Britt who both are still recovering from knee injuries from the opening round of the domestic season for the Bulls against the Wildcats in early June. Damien O'Malveney has yet to return to the field after dislocating his shoulder against Ireland in the Donnybrook Cup.
New to the extended lineup are BC Sharks standouts Zac Padgett and Ryan Sodano, along with Mike Garvey and Josh Rice who are back stateside after a season with the Ipswich Jets in the Qld Intrust Cup. Returning from the 'Ohana Cup are Vai Notoa, Anthony Sunia and Loto Tagaloa from Hawaii. Salesi Tongamoa and Luke Hume return from the Donnybrook Cup with Hume nursing injured ribs from Cup Final XV. Kevin Wiggins may get the chance to show his dynamic talents after a strong season with the PA Bulls. Adam Wendland may also get a chance to play after some barnstorming performances in the domestic season with the Raiders. CJ Cortalano from the NY Knights is still in the mix battling for a role at hooker.
After a number of dynamic performances for the Utah Avalanche, Aaron Thompson, Josh Latu and Kali Tavake have appeared on the US coaching staff radar and will be closely monitored in future games.
As always, there will be plenty of discussion as spots on the roster heat up with more and more exciting talent emerging in America Rugby League beyond the Northeast and throughout the country. That is a good thing. More interest, more people talking about rugby league and the national team program. The wealth of talent available is a tribute to all the hard working members in various regions of the league. Each weekend players are pushing themselves out in Hawaii to strive for selection to the Hawaii Allstars team to play the Queensland Indiegenous Team on October 27 with a number of those players already representing the US.
An extended squad has been developed with the coaching staff set to announce the final 17 man roster over the weekend.
Ryan Sadano (BC Sharks)
Anthony Sunia (Hawaii)
Zac Padgett (BC Sharks)
CJ Cortalano (NY Knights)
Dennis Schmieler (CT Wildcats)
Kali Tavake (Utah Avalanche)
Kelly McGill (Hawaii Islanders)
Josh Latu (Utah Avalanche)
Adam Wendland (Northern Raiders)
Mike Schachter (CT Wildcats)
Aaron Thompson (Utah Avalanche)
USA v Canada - Colonial Cup Game 2
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