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Monday, September 7, 2015

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Review

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It was a relatively busy weekend for Americans overseas despite having a large portion of the players back with the Eagles. Most of the action was in New Zealand where Mike Lawrenson started two matches for Counties Manukau over the last week and Toni Pulu one. Look for Lawrenson to be one of the big names the Eagles bring into the team after the World Cup. Also in New Zealand, four Americans are involved in the Taranaki Development side. Mike Teo reportedly played well for the team and scored a try against Counties Manukau. In Australia, Tom Coolican started once again for the Sydney Stars. In Europe, no American saw action as they were either with the Eagles or were not in the line-up. 

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Super Rugby

Marcel Brache and the Western Force have finished their season.

National Rugby Championship

Tom Coolican started for the Sydney Stars as they beat the Perth Spirit 45-24 on Saturday.

James Hilterbrand and the North Harbour Rays lost to Melbourne Rising 45-40 today. Hilterbrand was not in the line-up.

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 and Toni Pulu both started for Counties Manukau as they lost to Taranaki earlier in the week. Lawrenson played 55 minutes while Pulu played 76. Lawrenson then started and played 80 minutes in a 37-26 loss to Bay of Plenty on Sunday.


Mike Teo, Hanco Germishuys, Cam Falcon, and David Tameilau are playing with the Taranaki Development team. Teo started and scored a try over the weekend.

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 will be with the Eagles at the World Cup.

Eric FryPaddy Ryan, and Newcastle are in pre-season. Fry will be with the Eagles at the World Cup.

Guinness Pro12

Cam Dolan and Blaine Scully weren't in the line-up for Cardiff as they beat Zebre 61-13 on Sunday. Dolan and Scully will be with the Eagles at the World Cup.

Neither Callum Black nor Dave Ryan were in the line-up for Ulster as they beat the Ospreys 28-6 last Friday.

Greg Peterson was not in the line-up for the Glasgow Warriors as they lost to Scarlets 16-10 on Saturday.  Peterson will be with the Eagles at the World Cup.

RFU Championship

Thretton Palamo and London Welsh are in pre-season. Palamo will be with the Eagles at the World Cup.

Tom Bliss and Ealing are in pre-season.

National League 1

Will Magie and Old Albanians are in pre-season.

Robbie Shaw and Hartpury are in pre-season.


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 play with Trinity.

Ross DeaconGearoid McDonald, and Lansdowne are in pre-season.

Liam Murphy and Clontarf are in pre-season.

Liam Bourke and UCD are in pre-season.


Top 14

Scott LaValla was not in the line-up for Stade Francais as they lost to Samu Manoa, who was also not in the line-up, and Toulon 20-13 on Sunday. LaValla is injured and Manoa is with the Eagles.

Pro D2

Taku Ngwenya was not in the line-up for Biarritz as they lost to 20-9 Albi on Saturday. Ngwenya is with the Eagles.

Christian Ostberg and Aurillac had their match against Montauban postponed on Saturday.

Tai Tuisamoa was not in the line-up for Narbonne as they beat Bourgoin 18-13 on Saturday.

Federale 1

Roland Suniula and Chalon are in pre-season.

Seta Tuilevuka and ROC La Voulte-Valence are in pre-season.

Mate Moeakiola and Castanet are in pre-season.


Victor Camptat plays for the Toulon Academy. 

Mose Fualaau plays for the Clermont Academy.

Inaki Basauri plays for Stade Nantais. 



Nick Civetta and Viadana have finished their season. 


Romanian Rugby Championship

Andrew Suniula and CSM Bucuresti are in their summer break.  Suniula will be 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. 

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