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Monday, January 11, 2016

England Youth Captain Also U.S.-Eligible

With John Mitchell taking charge of the Eagles there are likely to be a number of changes. In particular, his international reputation may help, in some instances, to push U.S.-eligible players into picking the United States. This is something that Mike Tolkin and every U.S. coach has done under his tenure but in addition to Mitchell's international connections and PRO Rugby we may see a few more of those U.S.-eligible players come into the team.

One of the long shots to make that switch is Sam Underhill, the recent captain of the England U-18 team and who was born in Dayton, Ohio. The flanker had been in the Gloucester system where he made one first team appearance but has move this year to the Ospreys where he has played three times. He's still young at only 19 and with more time he's likely to gain more senior caps, however, he is also a prime age to be lured to play for the Eagles if the package is right. He would be a good candidate for a loan to PRO Rugby, which would expose him more to the American game. Again, don't count on it happening (a very long shot) but it's something to keep an eye on. 


  1. Look at the Irish lads at Life U - playing in the USA is attractive to the younger set. An adventure!

  2. By playing outside of England he makes himself ineligible for the England team, which is a good sign for the Eagles