USA

  • Team Name
    Tomahawks
  • First Appearance
    2013
  • RLWC2013 Group
    Group C/D
  • RLWC2013 Opponents
    Cook Islands, Wales and Scotland
  • Last Win
  • Players to watch
    Junior Paulo, Clint Newton and Eddy Pettybourne
Mark Cantoni
M.Cantoni
Bureta Faraimo
B.Faraimo
Gabriel Farley
G.Farley
Kristian Freed
K.Freed
Michael Garvey
M.Garvey
Roman Hifo
R.Hifo
Daniel Howard
D.Howard
Stephen Howard
S.Howard
Judah Lavulo
J.Lavulo
Haveatama Luani
H.Luani
David Marando
D.Marando
Clint Newton
C.Newton
Mark Offerdahl
M.Offerdahl
Joseph Paulo
J.Paulo
Junior Paulo
J.Paulo
Matthew Petersen
M.Petersen
Eddy  Pettybourne
E.Pettybourne
Craig Preistly
C.Preistly
Tuisegasega Samoa
T.Samoa
Matthew Shipway
M.Shipway
Les Soloai
L.Soloai
Lelauloto Tagaloa
L.Tagaloa
Taylor Welch
T.Welch

Group D

Wed Oct 30 KO: 8:00pm MEMORIAL STADIUM
BRISTOL
USA
32-20
Cook Islands
REPORT
Sun Nov 03 KO: 2:00pm GLYNDWR UNIVERSITY RACECOURSE STADIUM
WREXHAM
Wales
16-24
USA
REPORT

Group C/D

Thu Nov 07 KO: 8:00pm SALFORD CITY STADIUM
SALFORD
Scotland
22-8
USA
REPORT

Quarter Finals

Sat Nov 16 KO: 1:00pm GLYNDWR UNIVERSITY RACECOURSE STADIUM
WREXHAM
Australia
62-0
USA
REPORT

A bit of History

The Tomahawks finally make their World Cup bow after defeating Jamaica and South Africa in the Atlantic Qualifiers. 

With Terry Matterson at the helm, they’ll face the Cook Islands and Wales in Group D, having previously been denied qualification by Lebanon (2000) and Samoa (2008). 

The USA played its first international in 1953, during a tour of Australasia organised by Wrestling promoter Mike Dimitro. A team of complete novices (mischievously dubbed the ‘All-Stars’) lost most of their 26 games, yet still attracted an astonishing 65,453 spectators to the Sydney Cricket Ground for a match against a local representative XIII. 

In 1987 the national team was reformed to play its first international since 1954 (they lost 23-10 to Canada), and competed in the World Sevens (1992–1997), Super League World Nines (1996, 1997) and the Emerging Nations World Cup (2000). 

The Tomahawks have been playing regular international competition since the turn of the century. In 2002, 25,000 spectators saw Russia defeat the USA 54–10 in Moscow. Just two years later they gave the mighty Australia a mighty scare before losing 36–24.   

A combination of increased international competition and a decade of domestic development means that the USA may finally be set to make its mark on the biggest stage.