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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Eagles Abroad: Recapping The European Season


The season is now over for Americans in Europe with the exception of Samu Manoa and his Toulon team who are in the Top 14 playoffs. Andrew Durutalo is also done with his Super Rugby season. With some many people moving into their summer break or to international duty we thought it would be a good time to individually break down the season for most Eagles and U.S.-eligible players overseas playing in the top competitions.

Chris Wyles (Saracens)

It's hard to have a better season that the one Wyles had for Saracens. Despite having played rugby non-stop in over a year due to the World Cup Wyles showed plenty of energy throughout the year. Overall he played in 28 matches across both the Champions Cup and Premiership and logged over 2000 minutes with 11 tries. But individual accolades aside he was a major part of a team that won the double.

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Champions Cup
8 (8)
5
615
Premiership
20 (19)
6
1506

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Hayden Smith (Saracens)

He didn't see as much time as Wyles but he still managed to appear in half of the Premiership matches for the Sarries. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Champions Cup
1
-
18
Premiership
11 (5)
-
489
Titi Lamositele (Saracens)

Titi Lamositele had a breakout year for Saracens building on a strong World Cup. He played in nearly all of the regular season matches for Saracens gaining two starts in the process. He also played in the Champions Cup for a career high of over 450 minutes. He is still so young so it's likely he sees even more time next season. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Champions Cup 
2
-
6
Premiership
18 (2)
-
468
Todd Clever (Newcastle)

Of all the Americans at Newcastle Clever saw the most time but overall it wasn't the best season for the American skipper. He did see time in the 'A' League, just like Lamositele and Smith did with the Saracens. He's now done with Newcastle and it's going to be interesting to see what the next phase in his career holds. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Premiership
7 (2)
-
236
Eric Fry (Newcastle)

Injuries didn't help Fry as did international absences. After a bright start Fry faded toward the end of the year. He'll land at another club but it may not be at the Premiership level. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Premiership
4 (1)
-
114
Paddy Ryan (Newcastle; U.S.-eligible)

One of three U.S.-eligible, Ireland-raised prop brothers Ryan saw time in both the Challenge Cup and Premiership this year but was never able to gain a good rhythm. He's still young enough to keep around. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Challenge Cup
2 (1)
-
69
Premiership
4 (1)
-
85
AJ MacGinty (Connacht)

What a season for MacGinty. No one outside the United States thought he was going to blowup in Europe the way he did. He became an invaluable member of Pro12 champions Connacht at the team is upset they are going to lose him to Sale next year. Had injuries not limited some of his participation he would have put up even more numbers. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Challenge Cup
3 (3)
No tries, put five penalties and a conversion. 
185
Pro12
13 (9)
2 tries, 7 penalties, 8 conversions.
724
Greg Peterson (Glasgow)

Peterson flew under the radar for much of the season but he quietly put together a wonderful season. He played in most of the Pro12 matches for Glasgow and became a player that could be counted on every week. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Champions Cup
2 (1)
-
98
Pro12
15 (8)
2
729
Callum Black (Ulster; U.S.-eligible)

Black was steady as always for Ulster. He even scored his first try as a professional this year. Over three competition he played more than 1000 minutes. He would be a major get for the Eagles even though he is older but Black would have to give up his contract with Ulster to do so. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Champions Cup
4 (1)
-
141
Pro12
18 (12)
1
805
British & Irish Cup
2 (2)
-
132
Sam Underhill (Ospreys; U.S.-eligible)

Underhill is technically eligible for the U.S. but he's going to play for England. 

Cam Dolan (Cardiff) 

In the end Dolan played in 10 matches for Cardiff this season and more in the Welsh Premiership. He only saw fits of time with five Pro12 matches and three Challenge Cup appearances. Time was a bit disappointing for him and he'll have to do better next year. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Challenge Cup
3 (1)
-
115
Pro12
5 (3)
1
216
British & Irish Cup
2 (2)
1
139
Blaine Scully (Cardiff)

Injuries were a major factor for Scully this year. If it wasn't one thing it was another. In the end it limited him to only 12 matches but when he did play he almost always started. He finished with nearly 600 minutes of time despite the injuries. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Challenge Cup
4 (2)
1
154
Pro12
8 (8)
1
599
Samu Manoa (Toulon)

Like Scully and MacGinty injuries limited Manoa's first season with Toulon. He's back at it but only played nine total matches for the team so far. He's started every single one which should tell you his importance. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Champions Cup
3 (3)
-
166
Top 14
6 (6)
1
414
Dave Ryan (Agen; U.S.-eligible)

Ryan, the brother of Paddy, played a lot of rugby this year for Agen. That shouldn't be too much of a surprise give the amount of rugby that is played in France. He would also be a major get for the Eagles but if it interferes for his contract then it almost certainly won't happen. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Challenge Cup 
4
-
144
Top 14
23 (12)
-
956
Gagi Bazadze (La Rochelle; U.S.-eligible)

The mystery man of Americans overseas. He's eligible for the U.S. but is Georgian. He played a decent amount of La Rochelle this year but the team was relegated. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Challenge Cup
5 (2)
-
194
Top 14
10 (4)
1
279
Taku Ngwenya (Biarritz)

Before leaving to join San Diego Ngwneya played over 20 matches for Biarritz totaling over 1500 minutes. Over a nine year career he made 370 appearances for the club worth over 18,000 minutes. 

Competition Matches (Starts) Tries Minutes
Pro D2 21 (20)
9
1566


Christian Ostberg (Aurillac)

A first season for Ostberg in the Pro D2. He spent most of his time playing for the reserve but did get some first team time. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Pro D2
3
-
47

Andrew Durutalo (Sunwolves)

The Sunwolves are going to miss Durutalo. He started in 11 of 12 matches and played over 850 minutes with one try. His work rate impressed a lot of folks around the world. 

Competition
Matches (Starts)
Tries
Minutes
Super Rugby
12 (11)
1
869

1 comment:

  1. Very cool. Thanks for putting this together.

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