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Monday, December 21, 2015

Durutalo Joins Super Rugby's Sunwolves

After being long rumored it was confirmed today that Andrew Durutalo has joined the Super Rugby expansion side the Sunwolves. Thanks to his previous experience attending University in Japan, Durutalo already speaks the language that should be used on the Japan-based side (although they will play many of their matches in Singapore). Durutalo makes the move after spending the last several season with the Eagles 7s team, arguably being one of the leading players at the breakdown last season. He also played a major role for the Eagles at the World Cup last summer.

Durutalo joins a Sunwolves team that contains a number of players from the Japanese national team, including Shota Horie and Hitashi Ono, as well as Tomas Leonadi. If Durutalo plays for the Sunwolves this season (which is very likely) he'll join only Todd Clever as capped Americans who've played Super Rugby. Several other players have played Super Rugby but not while capped for the Eagles.

The season begins in late February and the Sunwolves and in the South Africa 1 Conference. 


  1. So could he play super rugby and still be a part of the USA 7s team in the Olympics? Super rugby is done 7/15/16

    1. It's possible but doubtful. Players that have been playing exclusively 7s would have a major advantage.

  2. Out of curiosity, who is broadcasting the new season of super rugby in the USA? It will not be detrimental if it is not widely available (think DirecTV only), but it will certainly not be beneficial if it is.