Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Americans On The Move In A Busy Offseason

With Cam Dolan now officially at the Cardiff Blues and Samu Manoa officially introduced at Toulon we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the Americans that have moved clubs in the offseason.

As mentioned, Cam Dolan is leaving Northampton to join the Cardiff Blues. The deal at least lasts from the 2015-16 season but it looks like it might go beyond that. Joining him on the team is Blaine Scully who is leaving Leicester. Scully's deal is for multiple years. Since being announced back in March Scully was basically shut out of the Tiger's line-up. That's too bad for a player that went from a short-term contract to a major starter on one of the best teams in England. He played 34 times for Leiecester. Both will be with the Eagles at the World Cup.

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Samu Manoa's move away from Northampton to Toulon was and is a big deal. Manoa is the first player to get a four year contract at the French powerhouse showing how much the team values him as a player. It's also the first instance of an American player being lured to France for a big payday. Manoa first signed for Northampton back in 2010 on the condition that he essentially miss the World Cup using appearance incentives. Manoa made the most of the opportunity and became one of the best players in the Premiership.

Making the move up to Scotland from Leicester is Greg Peterson. The big lock signed a short-term deal with the club earlier in the year but didn't really play much for the team. He'll hopefully get more time with the Warriors. The move also leaves Saracens, who still have Chris Wyles, Hayden Smith, Titi Lamositele, and Thretton Palamo, as the only team in Premiership with multiple Eagles.

Over in Ireland Callum Black isn't going anywhere thanks to a three-year deal he signed back in December. No word yet on teammate Dave Ryan who didn't make an appearance for the team. Also no word on James Hilterbrand. Injuries and non-selection kept him out of the line-up for Edinburgh in the second half of the year. His two year deal ends this summer.

Elsewhere in the British Isles Christian Ostberg leaving Chinnor after a short sting and will play with Aurillac in France next year. Also going to France next year is Life West's Mose Fualaau who will have a chance with the Clermont Academy.

Down in the Southern Hemisphere Tom Coolican and Chris Chapman are playing for Sydney University in the Shute Shield. Chapman had been playing with NYAC in the recent past. Mike Lawrenson is back in New Zealand and will join Counties Manukau in their upcoming ITM Cup season. Ryan Matyas is hoping to land with North Harbour.


  1. Are there still players up in the air Curtis? Tai Tuisamoa and other come to mind.

    1. There are and he's one but it isn't as straightforward as a player like Ryan or Hilterbrand.

  2. Interesting to see all the players leaving the premiership. Hopefully this will assist the availability for internationals as I might be wrong I don't think the PRO12 and Top14 have the same draconian, non-flexible rules as the ERP has about releasing non-England players outside the international test periods including fining its own clubs for allowing players to be released.