Friday, August 26, 2016

Spike Davis Joins Up With Tasman

Spike Davis was one of the breakout players of the PRO Rugby season. He's always had the physical tools but this year he put it together for the Ohio Aviators leading the league in tries with 14, the only player in double figures. Davis will be joining up with Tasman with the potential of playing in the Mitre 10 Cup with the Makos. He's going to suit up for the Tasman Griffins in their South Island Championship match against Otago B this weekend after being in New Zealand for only a few days. According to some reports out of New Zealand he's on the radar of the Crusaders but he'll obviously have to get time with the Makos. 

If Davis plays in the tournament he'll join Chris Baumann as Americans coming from the U.S. to play in the competition this year. Baumann is already a key contributor for Wellington. Eagle Tony Lamborn is playing for Hawke's Bay while U.S.-eligible player Toni Pulu is with Counties Manukau. Canadian and San Diego Breaker Jake Ilnick is also playing in the competition. 


  1. This is a very good opportunity for his development as a player. I'm excited to see his hunger for becoming a better player. Any ideas where Tasman want to play him? Wing or loose forward?

  2. PRO Rugby already proving to pay dividends. While the cream of the crop leaves for better competition (and inevitable personal improvement), if PRO Rugby is able to refill their shoes and improve the overall quality of play over time, we could see the best Eagles team ever fielded within a few years.