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Friday, September 18, 2015

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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The World Cup is putting a halt to most of the club rugby around the world this weekend. Both the Guinness Pro12 and the Top 14 are taking the weekend off. The lower divisions will be in action and that means that Tom Bliss could make his debut for Ealing. He's on loan this season in an effort to get game time. The Pro D2 is taking the weekend off as well. He won't be making his debut for awhile but we saw this week that Todd Clever has signed with Newcastle. The signing makes a lot of sense for the Falcons. They get a player with a proven track record, still quality, and is not a threat to be taken in away during the November test and Six Nations windows. He will join Eric Fry and U.S.-eligible Paddy Ryan at the club. 

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Super Rugby

Marcel Brache and the Western Force have finished their season.

National Rugby Championship

Tom Coolican started and was shown a yellow card for the Sydney Stars as they lost to the Canberra Vikings 76-16 on Thursday.

James Hilterbrand and the North Harbour Rays have the weekend off.

Shute Shield

James McMahonChris Chapman, and Sydney University have finished their season.

Paula Hafoka and Eastwood have finished their season.

Kevin Reed and Manly have finished their season.

New Zealand:


Mike Lawrenson isn't in the line-up while Toni Pulu will start for Counties Manukau as they play Northland on Saturday.


Michelle Wong is training and playing with Sydenham.

Mika Maeva is training and playing with Marist.

Chance Doyle is training and playing with Johnsonville.

British Isles:

Aviva Premiership

Chris WylesHayden SmithTiti Lamositele, and Saracens are in pre-season. All are with the Eagles at the World Cup.

Eric FryPaddy Ryan, Todd Clever, and Newcastle are in pre-season. Fry is with the Eagles at the World Cup.

Guinness Pro12

Cam DolanBlaine Scully and Cardiff have the weekend off. Dolan and Scully are with the Eagles at the World Cup.

Callum BlackDave Ryan and Ulster have the weekend off.

Greg Peterson and the Glasgow Warriors have the weekend off.  Peterson is with the Eagles at the World Cup.

RFU Championship

Thretton Palamo is not in the line-up for London Welsh as they play Moseley on Saturday. Palamo is with the Eagles at the World Cup.

Tom Bliss is on the bench for Ealing as they play Yorkshire on Sunday.

National League 1

Robbie Shaw and Hartpury play Coventry on Saturday.


Will Magie plays with Old Albanians.

Jona Cali plays with Grove.

Ollie Drew plays with Bournemouth University.

Louis Mulholland plays with Bath University.

All Ireland League

Tim MaupinPierce DarganConor KearnsOisin BradyIan Kinsley, and Kingsley McGowan and Trinity have the weekend off.

Ross DeaconGearoid McDonald, and Lansdowne play Cork Constitution on Saturday.

Liam Murphy and Clontarf play Old Belvedere today.

Liam Bourke and UCD play Ballynahinch on Saturday.


Top 14

Samu Manoa and Toulon have the weekend off. Manoa is with the Eagles.

Pro D2

Taku Ngwenya and Biarritz have the weekend off. Ngwenya is with the Eagles.

Christian Ostberg and Aurillac have the weekend off.

Tai Tuisamoa and Narbonne have the weekend off.

Federale 1

Roland Suniula and Chalon play Massy on Sunday.

Seta Tuilevuka and ROC La Voulte-Valence play Bressane on Saturday.

Mate Moeakiola and Castanet play Nevers on Saturday. Moeakiola is with the Eagles.


Victor Camptat plays for the Toulon Academy. 

Mose Fualaau plays for the Clermont Academy.

Inaki Basauri and Stade Nantais are in pre-season. 



Nick Civetta and Viadana are in pre-season. 


Romanian Rugby Championship

Andrew Suniula and CSM Bucuresti are in their summer break.  Suniula is with the Eagles at the World Cup.


Top League

Anthony Estrella and Toshiba Fuchu Brave Lupus are in pre-season. 


BC Premier League

Graham Harriman and James Bay are in pre-season.

Alex Aronson is playing and training in the Philippines. 


  1. Good on ya Todd. way to bounce back
    Proof that there's still a lot of gas in the tank
    Love having the ignorant commenters eating their words
    Go Todd Clever, but still missing you tons in the RWC

    1. I'm sure we'll never know, but I suspect the fact that Clever didn't go to the World Cup and then immediately signed with Newcastle are somehow related.