Rugby World Cup 2015: Phil Thiel starts for USA against Scots

USA hooker Phil Thiel in training
Phil Thiel is considered fresher
Rugby World Cup Pool B: Scotland v USA
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds Date: Sunday, 27 September Kick-off: 14:30 BST
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland & 5 live; live text commentary on BBC Sport website

The United States have recalled hooker Phil Thiel in the only change to their starting line-up for the Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Scotland.

Captain Chris Wyles has been moved to full-back for Sunday's game in Leeds after two games on the wing.

Thiel replaces Zach Fenoglio, who started in the Americans' opening 25-16 defeat by Samoa.

Coach Mike Tolkin said: "Fenoglio's logged a lot of minutes as starter and Thiel is a little fresher."

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter made 10 changes to his side, who face a four-day turnaround after their 45-10 victory over Japan.

Tolkin hopes USA run rings round Scots

The USA will have had a week to recover from their loss.

"The scrum was once again a good platform of attack and the lineout had a few hiccups, which was unfortunate as it cost us on four occasions," said Tolkin.

It is with the USA's running game that Tolkin hopes will hurt the Scots.

"We have the capability to do some dynamic things with ball in hand, with both power and pace," he said.

"We'd like to be able to make this a more consistent, potent weapon.

"Scotland, like everyone, has weaknesses and we need to exploit them effectively with both of those tools."

Tokin expects a smooth transition at hooker.

"They are both very good and virtually even, so we thought this was a good time to get Phil in as a starter and have Zach add punch off the bench," the coach added.

USA team v Scotland

Chris Wyles (Saracens, captain); Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz Oympique), Seamus Kelly (New York Athletic Club), Thretton Palamo (Saracens), Blaine Scully (Leicester Tigers); AJ MacGinty (Life Running Eagles), Mike Petri (New York Athletic Club); Samu Manoa (RC Toulonnais), Andrew Durutalo (Men's Eagles Sevens), Al McFarland (New York Athletic Club); Greg Peterson (North Harbour Rays), Hayden Smith (Saracens); Titi Lamositele (Saracens), Phil Thiel (Life University Senior), Eric Fry (Newcastle Falcons).

Replacements: Zach Fenoglio (Glendale Raptors), Olive Kilifi (Seattle Saracens), Chris Baumann (Santa Monica), Cameron Dolan (Cardiff Blues), John Quill (Cork Institute of Technology), Danny Barrett (USA Men's Sevens), Shalom Suniula (Seattle Saracens), Folau Niua (Folau Niua).

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