USA name Varsity Cup graduate double in RWC squad

With the Rugby World Cup just two weeks away, USA have been one of the last to name their final squad but two former Varsity Cup players have made it.

USA's South African coach Gary Gold has confirmed that Marcel Brache and Ruben de Haas will travel to Japan among the 31 Eagles named. 

Los Angele-born Brache, starred for UCT during their 2010 and 2011 campaigns (after being spotted playing internal league rugby) before graduating to the Western Province and Stormers set-up. The centre-come-wing never truly broke through at Super Rugby level until taking up an offer with Western Force in Australia in 2014. Two year after, he was has drafted into the USA set-up since and his in the four years in Eagles colours has seen the 31-year-old earn 19 caps.

De Haas, meanwhile, who was born in George but spent his high school years in the USA. On his return to South Africa in 2017, scrumhalf played for Free State Under-19, then CUT in the 2018 Varsity Cup before the Cheetahs offered him a contract to play PRO14 rugby. The 20-year-old is now in his second year of playing for the Eagles and will go into the Rugby World Cup with 13 caps.

USA have been drawn in Pool C alongside England (who they start the tournament against on 26 September in Kobe), France, Argentina and Tonga.