Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Scully Extends At Leicester, Ryan Moves To Munster

Blaine Scully will get another year at Leicester after signing an extension with the club. In 16 total appearances for the team, 13 of them starts, Scully has proven to be a valuable asset and has earned the backing of head coach Richard Cockerill. Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester that "Blaine has done very well. I thought his performance at the weekend was outstanding in lots of ways." Scully was now of the bright spots for the Tigers in their Heineken Cup loss to Clermont over the weekend. Originally Scully only signed with the club on a short-term deal that was to last through last December. However, given how Scully has played since joining the club it's no surprise that a deal came together.

U.S.-eligible Dave Ryan will be changing addresses this summer as he will swap Zebre for Ulster on a two-year deal. Ryan originally played for Munster a few seasons back before moving to Italy, first with Lazio in the Eccellenza and then with Zebre. One of the conditions of his contract with Zebre was that he work to become Italy-eligible. It's unclear after three seasons in Italy if he has in fact become Italy-eligible. He turned down a call-in from the Eagles in 2012 to move to Zebre. He will join fellow U.S.-eligible prop Callum Black at Ulster. The likelihood of either suiting up for the Eagles any time soon appears slim as a cap for the Eagles could put their contracts in doubt based on foreign player quotas.

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