Friday, April 8, 2016

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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It's European play for some Americans overseas this weekend. Three teams with Americans on them are still alive in either the Champions Cup or the Challenge Cup. Chris Wyles is going to start for Saracens as they play Northampton. Titi Lamositele will be on the bench. For the other two teams the Americans (Samu Manoa and AJ MacGinty) are injured and won't play for their teams. There is a lone league match in Europe this weekend and it will see Greg Peterson on the bench for Glasgow.

Down in Super Rugby Andrew Durutalo will not start for the first time this season. He'll be on the bench for the Sunwolves as they play the Stormers. The other Americans or U.S.-eligible players in the competition, either aren't in the line-up or the have the weekend off.

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British Isles:

European Champions Cup

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

European Challenge Cup

AJ MacGinty is injured and is not in the line-up for Connacht as they play Grenoble on Saturday.

Aviva Premiership

Todd CleverPaddy Ryan, and Eric Fry have the weekend off.

Guinness Pro12 

Callum Black and Ulster have the weekend off.

Sam Underhill and the Ospreys have the weekend off.

Blaine ScullyCam Dolan and Cardiff have the weekend off

Greg Peterson is on the bench for Glasgow as they play Zebre today.

National League 1

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

Derek Lipscomb and Blackheath play Flyde on Saturday.

Ronnie McLean and Richmond play Loughborough Students on Saturday.


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 have the weekend off.

Ross Deacon and Lansdowne have the weekend off.

Liam Bourke and UCD have the weekend off.

Liam Murphy and Clontarf have the weekend off.

Gearoid McDonald and Dundalk have the weekend off.


Top 14

Samu Manoa is injured and not in the line-up for Toulon as they play Racing 92 in European Champions Cup play.

Gagi Bazadze and La Rochelle have the weekend off.

Dave Ryan and Agen have the weekend off.

Pro D2

Taku Ngwenya will start for Biarritz as they play Dax today. Ngwenya has signed with San Diego in PRO Rugby.

Christian Ostberg is not in the line-up for Aurillac as they play Carcassonne today.

Federale 1

Seta Tuilevuka and ROC La Voulte-Valence have the weekend off.

Mate Moeakiola and Castanet have the weekend off.


Victor Camptat plays for the Brive Reserves.

Mose Fualaau plays for the Clermont Academy.

Inaki Basauri plays for Stade Nantais.


Super Rugby

Andrew Durutalo is on the bench as the Sunwolves play the Stormer today.


Super Rugby

Marcel Brache was not in the line-up for the Western Force as they lost to the Crusaders 20-19 today.

James Hilterbrand and the Waratahs have the weekend off.

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 Blues 29-23 today.


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 have the weekend off.


Alex Aronson is playing and training in the Philippines.

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