Monday, February 29, 2016

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Review

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Americans overseas had one of their best weekends in a long time with a number of players scoring tries, starting, or making their debuts. In total there were six tries spread out over four players. Ross Deacon scored a couple of tries for Lansdowne in Ireland, Taku Ngwenya had one for Biarritz only 15 seconds in their match as they picked up a crucial win, AJ MacGinty had one for Connacht as he went the full 80, and Chris Wyles had two for Sarcens. Wyles started along with Hayden Smith and Titi Lamositele meaning that all three Americans at the club made starts for the first time. It was the first time Lamositele had started in the Premiership.

Other players to see significant action this weekend include Blaine Scully who played the full match for Cardiff and Greg Peterson who started for Glasgow once again. Also very notable this week was the debut of Andrew Durutalo in Super Rugby. He played the full match for the Sunwolves. U.S.-eligible Marcel Brache also played the full 80 minutes for the Western Force. Congrats are also in order of Christian Ostberg who made his first team debut for Aurillac.

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British Isles:

Aviva Premiership

Chris WylesHayden Smith, and Titi Lamositele all started for the Saracens as they drew with Sale 36-36 on Saturday. Wyles played the full 80 and scored two tries while Smith went 75 minutes and Lamositele went 58 minutes.

Todd Clever came off the bench and played 53 minutes while Paddy Ryan and Eric Fry were not in the line-up for Newcastle as they lost to Gloucester 32-6 on Saturday. Fry is with the Eagles.

Guinness Pro12 

AJ MacGinty started, played 80 minutes, and scored a try for Connacht as they beat Sam Underhill and the Ospreys 30-22 on Saturday. Underhill is injured and was not in the line-up.

Greg Peterson started and played 70 minutes due to a yellow card for the Glasgow Warriors as they beat the Dragons 18-15 yesterday.

Blaine Scully started and played 80 minutes while Cam Dolan was not in the line-up for Cardiff as they beat Callum Black and Ulster 23-13 on Sunday. Black started and played 48 minutes.

National League 1

Robbie Shaw and Hartpury had the weekend off.

Derek Lipscomb and Blackheath had the weekend off.

Ronnie McLean and Richmond had the weekend off.


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 KearnsJake FeuryWill SimsOisin Brady, and Ian Kinsley, and Trinity beat UL Bohemian 42-13 on Saturday. Maupin and Kearns started with Maupin scoring a try.

Ross Deacon and Lansdowne beat Galwegians 30-24 on Saturday. Deacon started and scored two tries.

Liam Bourke and UCD lost to Cork Constitution 58-15 on Saturday. Bourke came off the bench.

Liam MurphyPierce Dargan, and Clontarf beat Young Munster 42-25 on Saturday. Neither Murphy nor Dargan were in the line-up.

Gearoid McDonald and Dundalk had the weekend off.


Top 14

Samu Manoa is injured and was not in the line-up for Toulon as they beat Brive 44-15 on Saturday.

Dave Ryan came off the bench and played 29 minutes for Agen as they beat Gagi Bazadze and La Rochelle 31-27 on Saturday. Bazadze started and played 51 minutes.

Pro D2

Taku Ngwenya started, played 80 minutes, and scored a try for Biarritz as they beat Beziers 26-25 last Friday.

Christian Ostberg came off the bench and played 20 minutes for Aurillac as they lost to Lyon yesterday.

Federale 1

Roland Suniula and Chalon had their match against Cognac postponed.

Seta Tuilevuka and ROC La Voulte-Valence lost to La Seyne 48-22 on Sunday.

Mate Moeakiola and Castanet lost to Rodez 19-16 on Sunday.


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 had the weekend off.


Super Rugby

Andrew Durutalo started and played 80 minutes for the Sunwolves as they lost to the 26-13 Lions last Friday.


Super Rugby

Marcel Brache started and played 80 minutes for the Western Force as they lost to the Rebels 25-19 on Saturday.

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 was not in the line-up for the Chiefs as they beat the Crusaders 27-21 last Friday.


Michelle Wong is training and playing with Sydenham.

Devin Ibanez is training and playing with Glenfield.


BC Premier League

Graham HarrimanDerrick Van Klein, and James Bay lost to UBC 34-5 on Saturday.


Alex Aronson is playing and training in the Philippines.

1 comment:

  1. Andrew Durutalo, especially in the 2nd half was just about the best best Sunwolves player along with Australian and ex-Reds player (who knows why the Reds let him go. He was one of their best). Between the two of them they had a major part in keeping the Sunwolves in the game getting a number of turovers and making breaks over the advantage line and providing support to help give the Sunwolves some much needed forward momentum.