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Friday, January 15, 2016

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview


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It's another busy European weekend for Americans overseas. In the European Champions Cup Chris Wyles will once again start for Saracens as they face a big clash with Ulster. U.S.-eligible prop Callum Black is on the bench for Ulster in the match. Down in the Challenge Cup AJ MacGinty will get the opportunity to start once again for Connacht. In just less than half a season he already seems to have the confidence of the coaching staff and is earning valuable playing time. That hasn't happened to an Eagles fly-half in close to a decade. Other than that most of the Americans will see time at the lower levels of European club play.

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British Isles:

European Champions Cup

Chris Wyles will start while Titi Lamositele and Hayden Smith aren't in the line-up as the Saracens play Ulster on Saturday. Callum Black is on th ebench for Ulster.

Sam Underhill will start for the Ospreys as they play Clermont today.

Greg Peterson is not in the line-up for the Glasgow Warriors as they play Northampton on Sunday.

Cam Dolan and Blaine Scully are not in the line-up for Cardiff as they play Harlequins on Sunday.

European Challenge Cup

AJ MacGinty will start for Connacht as they play Brive on Saturday.

None of Eric Fry, Todd Clever, or Paddy Ryan are in the line-up for Newcastle as they play Enisei on Saturday.

RFU Championship

Tom Bliss is not in the line-up for Ealing as they play Rotherham on Saturday.

National League 1

Robbie Shaw and Hartpury play Esher on Saturday.

Ronnie McLean and Richmond play Coventry on Saturday.

Derek Lipscomb and Blackheath play Darlington Mowden Park on Saturday.

Other

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 have the weekend off. McGowan is with the Falcons.

Ross Deacon and Lansdowne have the weekend off.

Liam MurphyPierce Dargan, and Clontarf have the weekend off.

Liam Bourke and UCD have the weekend off.

Gearoid McDonald and Dundalk have the weekend off.

France:

European Champions Cup/Challenge Cup

Samu Manoa is injured and not in the line-up for Toulon as they play Wasps on Sunday.

Dave Ryan is not in the line-up for Agen as they play Edinburgh today.

Gagi Bazadze is not in the line-up for La Rochelle as they play Gloucester on Saturday.

Pro D2

Taku Ngwenya and Biarritz play Colomiers today.

Christian Ostberg and Aurillac play Perpignan on Sunday.

Federale 1

Roland Suniula and Chalon play Valence on Sunday.

Seta Tuilevuka and ROC La Voulte-Valence play Grasse on Sunday.

Mate Moeakiola and Castanet play Samatan on Sunday.

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 play Gran Sasso on Sunday.

Japan:

Super Rugby

Andrew Durutalo and the Sunwolves are in pre-season.

Australia:

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.

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 have the weekend off.

Other

Alex Aronson is playing and training in the Philippines.

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