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BOULDER, Colorado (AP) United States coach Mike Tolkin has included a host of Europe-based players in a 35-man squad for a series of matches next month including a Nov. 1 test against New Zealand in Chicago.
USA Rugby and Premiership Rugby recently reached an agreement to allow leading American players based in Britain, France and Japan to play against the All Blacks at the Soldier Field NFL stadium. Among them: Cameron Dolan and Samu Manoa of Northhampton; Newcastle's Eric Fry; Leicester's Blaine Scully; and Hayden Smith and Chris Wyles of Saracens.
Thretton Palamon will be able to leave Saracens to play against Tonga in Gloucester, England, on Nov. 15, and Fiji in Vannes, France, on Nov. 22. The Eagles also will play Romania in Bucharest on Nov. 8.