Monday, May 2, 2016

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Review

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With only one week left in the Premiership the Americans at Saracens have clinched the number one seed in the playoffs. They did that with both Chris Wyles and Titi Lamositele gaining starts with Hayden Smith coming off the bench. The trio of Americans at Newcastle weren't in the line-up. The team has avoided relegation but can't make the playoffs. In the Pro12 Greg Peterson scored a try for Glasgow as they hold the top spot in the standings and secured a playoff spot. Right behind them are AJ MacGinty and Connacht. They lost over the weekend but MacGinty did make his return. The only other U.S.-eligible player that might make the playoffs is Callum Black at Ulster. They hold a one point advantage over Scarlets for fourth place. Cardiff won't be in the playoffs and it's unlikely that Blaine Scully plays for them again this season but his hand is healing.

In the lower leagues in Ireland Tim Maupin and Conor Kearns each started as Trinity earned promotion to Division 1A. It's a big move for the club that will see them get better matches next year. Also, it's worth mentioning this week that Sam Underhill stated his preference for playing for England over Wales. He didn't mention the U.S. which tells you probably where they stand. As a reminder, it's our policy to follow players until they lose their U.S.-eligibility.

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British Isles:

Aviva Premiership

Chris Wyles started and played 80 minutes and Titi Lamositele started and played 40 minutes for Saracens while Hayden Smith came off the bench and played 9 minutes as they beat Newcastle 23-14 on Sunday. None of Todd CleverEric Fry, or Paddy Ryan were in the line-up for Newcastle.

Guinness Pro12 

AJ MacGinty came off the bench and played 29 minutes for Connacht as they fell to Benetton Treviso 22-21 today.

Callum Black started and played 50 minutes for Ulster as they beat Leinster 30-6 on Saturday.

Blaine Scully is still injured and Cam Dolan was not in the line-up for Cardiff as they lost to the Ospreys 40-27 on Saturday. Sam Underhill came off the bench and played 31 minutes for the Ospreys.

Greg Peterson started, played 80 minutes, and scored a try for Glasgow as they beat Zebre 70-10 today.

National League 1

Derek Lipscomb and Blackheath beat Blaydon 45-17on Saturday.

Ronnie McLean and Richmond lost to Plymouth 40-39on Saturday.


Ollie Drew plays with Bournemouth University.

Louis Mulholland plays with Bath University and occasionally with Cheshunt. He was with the Junior All-Americans.

Dan Hostetler plays with Cardiff University.

All Ireland League

Tim MaupinConor KearnsJake FeuryWill SimsOisin Brady, and Ian Kinsley, and Trinity beat Ballynahinch 18-9 on Saturday. Maupin and Kearns started.

Ross Deacon and Lansdowne have finished their season.

Liam Bourke and UCD have finished their season.

Liam Murphy and Clontarf have the weekend off.

Gearoid McDonald and Dundalk have finished their season.


Top 14

Samu Manoa is injured and was not in the line-up for Toulon as they lost to Toulouse 12-10 on Saturday.

Gagi Bazadze was not in the line-up for La Rochelle as they lost to Oyonnax 17-16 on Saturday.

Dave Ryan started and played 56 minutes for Agen as they beat Brive 37-19 on Saturday.

Pro D2

Taku Ngwenya and Biarritz had the weekend off. Ngwenya has signed with San Diego in PRO Rugby.

Christian Ostberg and Aurillac had the weekend off.

Federale 1

Seta Tuilevuka and ROC La Voulte-Valence have finished their season.

Mate Moeakiola and Castanet lost to Saint-Medard 20-15 on Sunday.


Victor Camptat plays for the Brive Reserves.

Mose Fualaau plays for the Clermont Academy.

Inaki Basauri plays for Stade Nantais.


Super Rugby

Andrew Durutalo and the Sunwolves had the weekend off.


Super Rugby

Marcel Brache started and played 80 minutes for the Western Force as they lost to the Bulls 42-20 today.

James Hilterbrand was not in the line-up for the Waratahs as they beat the Stormers 32-30 and will play for Manly in the Shute Shield instead.

Shute Shield

James McMahonPaula HafokaChris Chapman, and Sydney University beat Eastern Suburbs 33-10 on Saturday.

Kevin Reed and Manly lost to Eastwood 35-28 on Saturday.

New Zealand:

Super Rugby

Toni Pulu started and played 80 minutes for the Chiefs as they beat the the Sharks 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 finished their season.


Alex Aronson is playing and training in the Philippines.


  1. What happened to Nick Civetta. I know you mentioned he got a chance at another European team so he passed on playing for Ohio. Any updates?

  2. Derrick Van Klein is joining Ohio ProRugby later this week.