Wyles out to make USA proud

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USA captain Chris Wyles feels a responsibility to do his country proud as the team get ready to begin their Rugby World Cup campaign.

Wyles took over the captaincy from flanker Todd Clever earlier this year and the experienced Saracens back will be a leading player for the Eagles in England.

The squad received their official welcome in Portsmouth on Sunday aboard the HMS Nelson a week ahead of their opening game against Samoa.

Wanting to inspire young people back in the USA with the team's performances, Wyles spoke with great pride and thanked the local people of Portsmouth for welcoming the team.

"The history of this tournament is a great one and we must enjoy it," he said.

"We have to be ready for whatever comes our way and to compete at our best every time.

"We must wear the USA jersey with pride and honour and do our home fans proud. We have a responsibility to them and to the thousands of children who watch us across the world.

"The local community and the Royal Navy have been so kind to us since we arrived. I cannot thank them enough for letting us train and prepare at their base. I speak for myself and the rest of the guys when I say we cannot wait to get started."