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Monday, December 28, 2015

U.S.-Eligible Hilterband In, Then Out Of Super Rugby

U.S.-eligible James Hilterbrand recently has been on a wild ride bouncing around from club to club with a brief stop in Super Rugby. For those who aren't aware, Hilterbrand is a former Australia age-grade player who is U.S.-eligible and was called into Eagles camp back in 2011. However, he turned down that call-up and burnt some bridges with the coaching staff in the process. Not having a U.S. cap earned him a spot on the larger Western Force team and eventually to Edinburgh last season.

That's where his crazy journey over the last few months begins. He was let go from Edinburgh at the end of last season to return to Manly in the Shute Shield. However, World Cup call-ups saw Edinburgh bring him back as cover. There was the potential he could have stayed at the club but a contract from new Super Rugby side the Southern Kings was too much to pass up. It was only short-lived. Just a couple of days after being signed the SARU took over the franchise and voided the contract of all but two players. Hilterbrand was not among those kept now leaving him without a club. What happens next to Hilterbrand is up in the air. 


  1. What is SAFU? Do you mean SARU? Sucks to hear his contract was voided.

  2. Hope he lands a prosperous contract. Best wishes to him