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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Langilangi To Train With Harlequins


Without question Sacramento's Langilangi Haupeakui has been one of the surprise sensations of the PRO Rugby season. He went from relative obscurity playing club rugby in Northern California to making the Express, becoming a key player, getting invited to Eagles camp to train, making the game-day roster, and then coming on and laying out a huge hit. His rise has been meteoric and now he's going to get another chance to prove himself with a chance to train with the Harlequins.

The London club will be in Northern California beginning at the end of the week and with the PRO Rugby season for Sacramento ending on Saturday Langilangi will move to the Bay Area to get in some time with the club. For now this is just training but it could be something more. There is a reason the Harlequins have chosen Northern California (and his name is Samu Manoa) to hold training. PRO Rugby is all in favor of seeing their players grow and gain opportunities in Europe because it only validates the league as a place to grow and develop. 

6 comments:

  1. I would be interested in seeing what having a player like langi at loose head would do...does anyone know if he has any experience playing prop?

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  2. This is exactly what PRO Rugby is geared to do--develop our best domestic talent and then get them into higher level leagues. It would be great to see the US eventually have teams on the East Coast playing in a European competition, teams on the West Coast in Super Rugby, and then have PRO Rugby going domestically. We would be able to field a very strong international side.

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  3. Y would u play sumone with his talent at prop...use ur head

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  4. Maybe this could also be a platform for the English RFU or the Guiness Pro12 to invest or underwrite part of PRO Rugby. If they had ties to certain teams it could be like a developmental league for Premiership teams, i.e. the Harlequins would have first choice for players from a certain PRO Rugby team. Even if it was only one or two a year it would be financially feasible.

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  5. Why would Wasps play someone of Ashley Johnson's talent at hooker? It makes sense to me to see Langilangi move to loosehead if he can do it. He's more built like one than like an 8 and would still make an impact on loose play. The 8 man pick isn't that strong of a set piece play in rugby outside of tier-2 nations, so why would it not be using your head to look at that possibility?

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  6. I was only getting at that it would be entertaining/interesting to watch a pack of langilangi, taufetee, titi, manoa, peterson, clever, duratalo, and dolan...and have a great bench available - lamborn, barrett, tamalieu, king, bauman, tarr, etc. - a 6'1 non jumper and a shorter, specialist #7 like duratalo isnt ideal to have on the pitch at the same time. Was just posing the question. Langilangi is a massive unit and an incredible athlete. He'd be one of the most dangerous running props in the world.

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