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USA Islanders ready to play Saracens

US Eagles prop Olive Kilifi will captain the USA Islanders team against Saracens at Bermuda’s National Stadium on Thursday afternoon. The select side will face the European Champions in a friendly for the ‘Atlantic Cup’. Other internationals in the Islanders side include Eagles 7s selects Pago Haini and Matai Leuta, the latter also winning senior test caps in XVs.

A number of PRO Rugby players have been included, most notably starting halfbacks Devereaux Ferris and Martini Talapusi of the San Francisco Rush. Part-time Rush teammates Huluholo Mo’ungaloa and Pila Huihui, from Life West and SFGG respectively, are present as is San Diego Breakers powerhouse Sione Tu’ihalamaka and Sacramento Express speedster Jojo Tikoisuva.

Kickoff is set for 6:30pm Eastern with a live stream provided by FloRugby.

1 Olive Kilifi (capt.), 2 Lote Tu’ipulotu, 3 Huluholo Mo’ungaloa, 4 Sione Tu’ihalamaka, 5 Teli Veamatahau, 6 Pago Haini, 7 Fa’afetai Te’o, 8 Saia Uhila, 9 Devereaux Ferris, 10 Martini Talapusi, 11 Jojo Tikoisuva, 12 Sani Taylor, 13 Matai Leuta, 14 Pila Huihui, 15 Misitana Afeaki

Replacements: 16 Lolenisi Veimau, 17 Peyton Telea, 18 Kirk Hamilton, 19 Veuki Taumoefolau, 20 Colton Cariaga, 21 Tesimoni Tonga’uiha, 22 Paul Eteaki, 23 Gerson Blaise

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