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Monday, December 21, 2015

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Review


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It was a relatively quiet weekend in European play for Americans as either rest of injuries took their toll. The ongoing injuries to Samu Manoa and AJ MacGinty kept them out of the line-up of their respective teams but Blaine Scully was able to make a return from his injury to be a part of Cardiff's line-up. Scully's return is good news for the player who has done well when he's had the chance to play for Cardiff but due to injuries and the World Cup hasn't been able to get consistent time. Also at Cardiff, Cam Dolan got a good runout and scored a try in the British & Irish Cup. In France, Taku Ngwenya also saw another full 80 minutes.

Where Americans are going to see most of the time this weekend is in the Aviva 'A' League. Tom Bliss is set to be on the bench for his parent club Wasps. He's only been getting periodic time while on loan to Ealing. At Newcastle, Todd Clever and Paddy Ryan will start while Eric Fry will come off the bench.

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British Isles:

European Champions Cup

Callum Black was not in the line-up for Ulster as they beat Toulouse 25-23 on Sunday. He started for Ulster 'A' as they lost to the Scarlets 23-7 in the British & Irish Cup on Saturday.

Greg Peterson was not in the line-up for the Glasgow Warriors as they beat the Scarlets 9-6 on Saturday.

Chris WylesTiti Lamositele and Hayden Smith were not in the line-up for Saracens as they beat Oyonnax 55-13 on Saturday. No word yet on who will play in the Saracens 'A' League fixture.

European Challenge Cup 

Eric FryTodd Clever, and Paddy Ryan were not in the line-up for Newcastle as they beat AJ MacGinty and Connacht 29-5 on Sunday. MacGinty is out injured and was not in the line-up for Connacht. Ryan and Clever will start and Fry will come off the bench for Newcastle in their 'A' League fixture against Sale today.

Cam Dolan was not in the line-up but Blaine Scully was a late insertion on to the bench for Cardiff where he came on and played 18 minutes in their 23-22 loss to Montpellier. Dolan started, played 80 minutes, and scored a try as the Cardiff Premiership Select beat the Cornish Pirates 18-15 in the British & Irish Cup on Saturday.

British & Irish Cup

Thretton Palamo was not in the line-up for London Welsh as they beat Nottingham 24-0 on Sunday.

Tom Bliss was not in the line-up for Ealing as they lost to Leinster 'A' 36-10 on Saturday. He's on the bench for the Wasps as they play London Irish in the 'A' League today.

National League 1

Robbie Shaw and Hartpury lost to Plymouth 22-17 on Saturday.

Ronnie McLean and Richmond beat Rosslyn Park 33-24 on Saturday.

Derek Lipscomb and Blackheath beat Esher 28-21 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 MaupinConor KearnsOisin BradyIan Kinsley, and Kingsley McGowan and Trinity had the weekend off.

Ross DeaconGearoid McDonald and Lansdowne had the weekend off.

Liam MurphyPierce Dargan, and Clontarf had the weekend off.

Liam Bourke and UCD had the weekend off.

France:

European Champions & Challenge Cups

Samu Manoa is injured and was not in the line-up for Toulon as they beat Leinster 20-16 on Saturday.

Dave Ryan was not in the line-up for Agen as they lost to Grenoble 48-45 last Friday.

Gagi Bazadze started and played 47 minutes for La Rochelle as they lost to Zebre 25-5 on Saturday.

Pro D2

Taku Ngwenya started and played 80 minutes for Biarritz as they lost to Tarbes 22-13 on Friday.

Christian Ostberg was not in the line-up for Aurillac as they beat Albi 15-13 on Sunday.

Federale 1

Roland Suniula and Chalon had the weekend off.

Seta Tuilevuka and ROC La Voulte-Valence had the weekend off.

Mate Moeakiola and Castanet had the weekend off.

Other

Victor Camptat plays for the Brive Reserves. 

Mose Fualaau plays for the Clermont Academy.

Inaki Basauri plays for Stade Nantais. 

Italy:

Serie A

Nick Civetta and Medicei beat Perugia 20-12 on Sunday.

Romania:

Romanian Rugby Championship

Andrew Suniula and CSM Bucuresti have finished their season.

Australia:

Super Rugby

Marcel Brache and the Western Force have finished their season.

National Rugby Championship

Tom Coolican and the Sydney Stars have finished their season.

James Hilterbrand and the North Harbour Rays have finished their season.

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

Toni Pulu and Counties Manukau have finished their season.

Other

Ryan Matyas is training and playing with North Harbour.

Michelle Wong is training and playing with Sydenham.

Other:

BC Premier League

Graham Harriman and James Bay had the weekend off.

Other

Alex Aronson is playing and training in the Philippines. 

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