USA Rugby has announced a 26-man roster for the Falcons team that will be heading down to South America this weekend, and it includes three Old Glory players: Owen Sheehy, John LeFevre, and recent draftee Collin Grosse. This Falcons team will be one of two competing over the next couple of weeks, with a more experienced side heading to South Africa. That team also has three Old Glory players and is expected to form the core of the Eagles roster for the World Cup qualifiers in November.

Owen Sheehy is not a surprise on this roster. He has been a frequent inclusion on past developmental sides, such as the USA U19's, U23's, and the team competing in the Americas Pacific Challenge last year. He has always been a player with a ton of potential, but it is getting to be time for him to take the next step and live up to that potential consistently. He started to do that last season for Old Glory, playing almost 500 minutes in 12 matches. Now, he'll have the opportunity to show it in the national setup.

In part because of the limited size of the roster, Sheehy doesn't face a ton of competition at the fullback spot. Willis Goodwin and Pita Vi are the only other players expected to play at fullback, and both are listed as wing/fullback. Both are very young players just out of college, with neither one currently connected to a club. Expect to see a lot of Sheehy this tour as a result.

For John LeFevre, this is an exciting introduction to the national stage and a reward for his promising performances in the 2022 season. He only saw limited action, 66 minutes in 5 matches, but that is to be expected when behind team captain Danny Tusitala. When LeFevre has been on the field, though, he's looked very impressive. He will be competing with Ethan McVeigh, formerly of San Diego, and Seattle draftee Karl Keane. McVeigh is the most experienced professional of this group with 9 MLR caps and currently plays with the American Raptors, while Keane played in the Americas Pacific Challenge, though he has yet to make his professional debut. Where LeFevre falls in this mix will likely depend on how he performed in camp.

Collin Grosse, drafted by Old Glory in the 2022 MLR draft, is also on the roster. A recent graduate of the Army team that recently won a national championship, Grosse has played with the USA U23's and has been a frequent participant in development camps. He is one of four back-rowers: capped Eagle Jason Damm of Rugby ATL is almost guaranteed to start at eight; NOLA's Devin Short, an experience professional who is likely to nab one of the flanker spots; and Ronan Murphy of the American Raptors, who also played with Austin for a few matches last season. Grosse is more likely to be on the bench than any of those three, but the advantage of the small roster is that he will definitely get on the pitch at some point.

This is an excellent opportunity for all three players to get time in a high-performance environment and get noticed by national team staff. This team will be coached by former Utah head coach Shawn Pittman rather than by Eagles head coach Gary Gold, but Gold has stated that players on both rosters have a shot at making the Eagles in November.


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