USA coach Brian McDermott is pleased with the way that preparation has gone so far.
“I’ve been working with them for the last 72 hours,” he said.
“It’s been really exciting to see a group of very enthusiastic hard-working young men. The one thing that stands out immediately is how committed they all are and how much they’re willing to work for each other.
“Everyone understands the size of the task in hand but we are also aware of the rewards should we be successful in the next two games, this is still a relatively new era for USA Rugby League and everyone wants to seize the opportunity as best they can.
“We look forward to a really challenging game against a very competitive Jamaica and then we will start our prep for the match against Canada, where the players are really keen to reverse their recent defeat in the Colonial Cup.”
Jamaica coach Romeo Monteith is aware that his team are probably the underdogs for the clash with the Americans.
“Since arriving on Monday preparation has gone fairly well,” he said “We have a mixture of UK-based and Jamaican resident players who are going through the getting-to-know-you process and we’re trying to keep everyone positive and focused on the game.
“Given the short preparation time available, the main focus has been getting straight into the systems we want to use; we don’t have much time to waste and so everyone has to be on board with what we’re going to try to achieve and we’re focusing on team play.
“We know the skill is there, we know the explosiveness is there, we know what the players can do but we need to be able to play as a team.
“I expect a tough game from the USA. They have our measure: we have never beaten them before. They will be confident and have good forwards and backs. I’m expecting it to be a real fight and hopefully we’ll be in it at the end.”
USA 19-MAN SQUAD
Nick Newlin (Atlanta Rhinos), Taylor Alley (Central Florida Warriors), Matt Walsh (Connecticut Wildcats), Jon Purnell (Jacksonville Axemen), Mark Offerdahl (London Broncos), Taylor Howden (Mid-West Stockyarders), Luke Barron, Kristian Freed (Mitchelton Panthers), Abe Cohen (New York Knights), Sam Carson (Norths Devils), Ryan Burroughs (NOVA Eagles), Casey Clark, Rich Henson, Andrew Kneisly, Roman Lowery, Mike Timpano (Philadelphia Fight), Danny Howard, Steve Howard, Corey Makelim (Wentworthville Magpies).
JAMAICA 19-MAN SQUAD
Alex Brown, Wayne Allen Rettie, (Batley Bulldogs), Omari Caro (Bradford Bulls), Joel Farrell (Dewsbury Rams), Jermaine Pinnock, Renaldo Wade (Duhaney Park Red Sharks), Ryan Grant (GC Foster College), Hamish Barnes, Ross Peltier, (Keighley Cougars), Daniel Thomas, Mo Agoro, Richard Barnett, (Hunslet Hawks), Antonio Baker, (Mico University College), Lamont Bryan (Lescure), Joseph Brown (Newcastle), Corey Hanson, (Sheffield Eagles), Nathan Campbell, Marvin Thompson (University Of Technology), Tyronie Rowe (Vauxhall Rugby Club)