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Baumann named for USA's final ARC fixture

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Leicester Tigers front-rower Chris Baumann has been named to start at tight-head prop for USA in their final Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) fixture, when they face Uruguay in Montevideo this Saturday.

In what was his 31st appearance for his home nation, Baumann featured in last weekend's 45-16 win over Brazil, which made it four straight for the American squad in this season's ARC and victory over Uruguay on Saturday would see the Eagles become the first side to go undefeated in the competition's history. 

Their opponents currently sit 17th in the World Rugby Rankings, one place higher than the USA in 18th, and victory for Baumann and the Eagles on the weekend would see the nations switch places.

Uruguay have lost just one of their past 15 test matches, when they were defeated 34-17 by Argentina, and will be hoping to end the winning ways of the American Eagles side in this season's Americas competition.

Baumann is the only representative in the USA squad from the Aviva Premiership, while replacement lock Dino Waldren is a member of the London Scottish club currently sitting in 11th spot on the RFU Championship ladder.

While Baumann's Tigers team mates prepare for Sunday's showdown with Worcester, he is in camp with the former Warriors Director of Rugby Gary Gold who is now head coach of USA.

Ahead of the fixture, Gold told USArugby.org, We are facing a tremendous challenge against a skillful Uruguayan team this weekend and our attack must be precise in order to avoid making the same mistakes we did in Brazil."