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Friday, April 1, 2016

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview


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The biggest story for Americans overseas this last week was AJ MacGinty signing with Sale ahead of next year. The writing was on the wall when Connacht signed a South African fly-half but that doesn't mean the loss won't sting. MacGinty's new coach called him the best defensive fly-half in the Pro12 and it's expected he'll compete for a starting spot on the Sharks. Unfortunately for MacGinty his injury is keeping him out of the line-up once again. Also out of the line-up with an injury is Blaine Scully. In fact, in the Premiership and Pro12 only U.S.-eligible (but likely won't play for the Eagles) Sam Underhill will start while Titi Lamositele is on the bench for the Saracens. Elsewhere, some competitions are winding to a close while some other players have started to make their way to the United States to play in PRO Rugby. Additionally, Andrew Durutalo will start once again for the Sunwolves while James Hilterbrand is on the bench for the Waratahs.

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British Isles:

Aviva Premiership

Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith are not in the line-up but Titi Lamositele is on the bench for the Saracens as they play Bath today.
Todd CleverPaddy Ryan, and Eric Fry are not in the line-up for Newcastle as they play the Harlequins on Saturday.

Guinness Pro12 

AJ MacGinty is injured and not in the line-up for Connacht as they play Ulster today. Callum Black will start for Ulster. MacGinty will be joining Sale next year.

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

Blaine Scully and Cam Dolan are not in the line-up for Cardiff as they play the Scarlets on Saturday. Scully is injured.

Greg Peterson is not in the line-up for Glasgow as they play Benetton Treviso on Saturday.

National League 1

Robbie Shaw and Hartpury play Loughborough Students on Saturday. Shaw has signed on to play with Ohio in PRO Rugby.

Derek Lipscomb and Blackheath play Hull Ionians on Saturday.

Ronnie McLean and Richmond play Wharfedale on Saturday.

Other

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 play St. Mary's College today.

Ross Deacon and Lansdowne play Cork Constitution on Saturday.

Liam Bourke and UCD play Ballynahinch on Saturday.

Liam Murphy and Clontarf play Old Belvedere today.

Gearoid McDonald and Dundalk play Bruff on Saturday.

France:

Top 14

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

Gagi Bazadze and La Rochelle play Stade Francais on Saturday.

Dave Ryan and Agen play Pau on Saturday.

Pro D2

Taku Ngwenya will start for Biarritz as they play Bourgoin on Friday. Ngwenya has signed with San Diego in PRO Rugby.

Christian Ostberg and Aurillac play Albi on Friday.

Federale 1

Seta Tuilevuka and ROC La Voulte-Valence play Romans today.

Mate Moeakiola and Castanet play Blagnac on Saturday.

Other

Victor Camptat plays for the Brive Reserves.

Mose Fualaau plays for the Clermont Academy.

Inaki Basauri plays for Stade Nantais.

Japan:

Super Rugby

Andrew Durutalo will start for the Sunwolves as they play the Southern Kings on Saturday.

Australia:

Super Rugby

Marcel Brache is not in the line-up for the Western Force as they play the Highlanders today.

James Hilterbrand is on the bench as the Waratahs play the Rebels on Sunday.

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 will start for the Chiefs as they play the Brumbies on Saturday.

Other

Michelle Wong is training and playing with Sydenham.

Devin Ibanez is training and playing with Glenfield.

Other:

BC Premier League

Graham HarrimanDerrick Van Klein and James Bay play Burnaby Lake on Saturday.

Other

Alex Aronson is playing and training in the Philippines.

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