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Monday, September 28, 2015

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Review


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It was a quiet weekend for Americans not involved in the World Cup but playing overseas. With most of the top competitions shuttered for the World Cup it was players in the lower divisions that say most of the time. That includes in Ireland where a number of players were involved over the weekend, including former St. Mary's standout Kingsley McGowan. He came off the bench while Conor Kearns and Tim Maupin each started for Trinity and scored a try.

Also involved in was Todd Clever who made his pre-season debut for Newcastle. He issued the following statement on social media after the match: "It is regrettable and unfortunate how the lead up to this World Cup has gone for me personally. I feel the media release issued by USA Rugby was an unfair misrepresentation of the situation. For the past 15 years, it has been the greatest honor to wear the Eagles jersey and represent my country. I have always strived to set a good example for my teammates and aspiring rugby players around the globe. It pains me not to be able to take the field with my brothers during this World Cup. But I support the team whole-heartedly and wish them all the best!"

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Australia:

Super Rugby

Marcel Brache and the Western Force have finished their season.

National Rugby Championship

Tom Coolican was not in the line-up for the Sydney Stars as they beat the Greater Sydney Rams 44-32 on Sunday.

James Hilterbrand was not in the line-up for North Harbour Rays as they lost to the Canberra Vikings 63-37 on Saturday.

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:

ITM Cup

Mike Lawrenson wasn't in the line-up while Toni Pulu started and played 80 minutes for Counties Manukau as they beat Tasman 42-33 on Saturday.

Other

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 and none were the line-up that lost to Northampton 36-17 in pre-season play.

Eric FryPaddy RyanTodd Clever, and Newcastle are in pre-season. Fry is with the Eagles at the World Cup. Clever start for Newcastle in their pre-season 30-28 loss to Leicester last Friday.

Guinness Pro12

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

Callum BlackDave Ryan and Ulster had the weekend off.

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

RFU Championship

Thretton Palamo was not in the line-up for London Welsh as they beat Bedford 30-24 on Saturday. Palamo is with the Eagles at the World Cup.

Tom Bliss was not in the line-up for Ealing as they beat the Cornish Pirates 28-17 on Saturday.

National League 1

Robbie Shaw and Hartpury beat Esher 30-13 on Saturday.

Ronnie McLean and Richmond beat Coventry 31-7 on Saturday.

Other

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 lost to Ballymena 35-24 on Saturday. Maupin and Kearns started and had tries while McGowan came off the bench.

Ross DeaconGearoid McDonald, and Lansdowne beat Terenure College 24-10 on Friday. Deacon started while McDonald didn't play.

Liam Murphy and Clontarf beat Ballynahinch 38-17 on Saturday. Murphy was not in the line-up.

Liam Bourke and UCD beat Young Munster 56-22 on Saturday. Bourke came off the bench and had a penalty.

France:

Top 14

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

Pro D2

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

Christian Ostberg and Aurillac had the weekend off.

Tai Tuisamoa and Narbonne had the weekend off.

Federale 1

Roland Suniula and Chalon beat Lavaur 14-11 on Sunday.

Seta Tuilevuka and ROC La Voulte-Valence lost to Macon 33-21 on Sunday.

Mate Moeakiola and Castanet lost to Agde 26-13 on Sunday. Moeakiola is with the Eagles.

Other

Victor Camptat plays for the Toulon Academy. 

Mose Fualaau plays for the Clermont Academy.

Inaki Basauri plays for Stade Nantais. 

Italy:

Eccellenza

Nick Civetta and Viadana are in pre-season. 

Romania:

Romanian Rugby Championship

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

Japan:

Top League

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

Other:

BC Premier League

Graham Harriman started for James Bay as they lost to Castaway Wanderers 28-20.

Other

Alex Aronson is playing and training in the Philippines. 

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