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Friday, January 22, 2016

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview


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Samu Manoa is back! The big lock returns from an injury that has kept him out for over a month and is in the starting line-up for Toulon as they play Bath. Manoa isn't the only American making a returne. Hayden Smith will get a runout for Saracens for the first time in a very long time as he's on the bench against Toulouse. Chris Wyles is in the starting line-up. Other players starting in the Champions Cup or Challenge Cup include Greg Peterson with Glasgow, Cam Dolan with Cardiff, and AJ MacGinty for Connacht. Some of those teams are alive for the quarterfinals in their respective competitions while others are playing for pride. One other note for the weekend is that Taku Ngwenya is not starting for Biarritz for the first time in awhile.

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British Isles:

European Champions Cup

Chris Wyles will start while Hayden Smith will come off the bench and Titi Lamositele is not in the line-up for Saracens as they play Toulouse on Saturday.

Callum Black is on the bench for Ulster as they play Oyonnax on Saturday.

Sam Underhill will start for the Ospreys as they play Exeter on Sunday.

Greg Peterson will start for the Glasgow Warriors as they play Racing 92 on Saturday.

Cam Dolan will start while Blaine Scully isn't in the line-up for Cardiff as they play Calvisano today.

European Challenge Cup

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

Paddy Ryan is on the bench while Eric Fry and Todd Clever aren't in the line-up for Newcastle as they play Brive on Saturday.

RFU Championship

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

National League 1

Robbie Shaw and Hartpury play Blaydon on Saturday.

Ronnie McLean and Richmond play Esher on Saturday.

Derek Lipscomb and Blackheath play Rosslyn 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.

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 will start for Toulon as they play Bath on Saturday.

Dave Ryan is on the bench for Agen as they play London Irish on Saturday.

Gagi Bazadze is on the bench for La Rochelle as they play Worcester today.

Pro D2

Taku Ngwenya is on the bench for Biarritz as they play Albi today.

Christian Ostberg and Aurillac play Colomiers on Sunday.

Federale 1

Roland Suniula and Chalon play Tyrosse on Sunday.

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

Mate Moeakiola and Castanet play Mauleon 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 Fracescato 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 play Vancouver Rowing Club on Saturday.

Other

Alex Aronson is playing and training in the Philippines.

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