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Friday, January 8, 2016

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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This is a semi-confusing weekend for Americans. Several European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup matches postposed earlier in the season will be played this weekend. That means that the likes of Greg Peterson and Callum Black could be involved in European play. The only league to have a full compliment of matches this weekend is the Aviva Premiership. There is a huge match-up involving Americans as Saracens play the Harlequins. Elsewhere, some players have the weekend off while others get back at it. That includes players in Ireland and in France. Look for Taku Ngwenya to have another big weekend.

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British Isles:

Aviva Premiership

Paddy Ryan will start and Todd Clever is on the bench as Newcastle play London Irish on Sunday. Eric Fry is not in the line-up.

Titi Lamositele is on the bench while Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith are not in the line-up for Saracens as they play the Harlequins on Saturday.

Guinness Pro12

Greg Peterson and the Glasgow Warriors play Racing 92 on Saturday. This is a Champions Cup match.

AJ MacGinty and Connacht play Scarlets on Sunday.

Callum Black and Ulster play Oyonnax on Sunday. This is a Champions Cup match.

Cam DolanBlaine Scully, and Cardiff had their match against Munster postponed.

RFU Championship

Tom Bliss and Ealing have the weekend off.

National League 1

Robbie Shaw and Hartpury play Coventry on Saturday.

Ronnie McLean and Richmond play Flyde on Saturday.

Derek Lipscomb and Blackheath play Henley on Saturday.


Will Magie plays with Old Albanians.

Ollie Drew plays with Bournemouth University.

Louis Mulholland plays with Bath University and occasionally with Cheshunt.

Dan Hostetler plays with Cardiff University.

All Ireland League

Tim MaupinConor KearnsWill SimsOisin BradyIan Kinsley, and Kingsley McGowan and Trinity play the Buccaneers McGowan is with the Falcons.

Ross Deacon and Lansdowne play Liam MurphyPierce Dargan, and Clontarf on Saturday.

Liam Bourke and UCD play Garryowen on Saturday.

Gearoid McDonald and Dundalk play Old Crescent on Saturday.


Top 14

Samu Manoa and Toulon play Bath on Sunday. This is a Champions Cup match.

Dave Ryan and Agen have the weekend off.

Gagi Bazadze and La Rochelle have the weekend off.

Pro D2

Taku Ngwenya and Biarritz play Bourgoin on Friday.

Christian Ostberg and Aurillac play Bayonne on Friday.

Federale 1

Roland Suniula and Chalon have the weekend off.

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

Mate Moeakiola and Castanet have the weekend off.


Victor Camptat plays for the Brive Reserves.

Mose Fualaau plays for the Clermont Academy.

Inaki Basauri plays for Stade Nantais.


Serie A

Nick Civetta and Medicei have the weekend off.


Super Rugby

Andrew Durutalo and the Sunwolves are in pre-season.


Super Rugby

Marcel Brache and the Western Force are in pre-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 McMahonPaula HafokaChris Chapman, and Sydney University have finished their season.

Kevin Reed and Manly have finished their season.

New Zealand:

Super Rugby

Toni Pulu and the Chiefs are in pre-season.


Ryan Matyas is training and playing with North Harbour.

Michelle Wong is training and playing with Sydenham.


BC Premier League

Graham Harriman and James Bay have the weekend off.


Alex Aronson is playing and training in the Philippines.


  1. The Saracens FB feed said that Chris Wyles is getting a rest this week.