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Monday, September 19, 2016

PRO Rugby Players Overseas


The PRO Rugby season may have finished a month and a half ago but for more than a dozen players that played in the competition they have been right back at it playing in various competitions around the world. Some of the players, like Taku Ngwenya and Dom Waldouck, have moved on to big clubs in Europe while others are playing at a more modest level. With the European and Southern Hemisphere teams in full swing we thought it would be a good idea to share how things are going for some of these players.

Far and away the most team with players playing overseas is Ohio. That's should come as no surprise as they used the least amount of local players during the regular season. The team had a couple of big moves in the offseason, including Jamie Mackintosh to Pau on a medical joker and Dom Waldouck to Newcastle. Mackintosh has already played three times for Pau, all off the bench. Waldouck was originally signed on a one month trial with the team but has since earned a full-time gig and started over the weekend for the Falcons.

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Spike Davis had one of the best seasons of any player in PRO Rugby and he was rewarded with an opportunity in New Zealand. As noted on TIAR he is down in the Tasman system currently playing with the Griffins but could have an opportunity to move up. Update: Spike Davis is back in the States.

Other players from Ohio to head overseas include a couple of players returning to the teams they played for last season. Pierce Dargan is back at Trinity and is helping the team in their return to the top division of the All-Ireland League. Dargan is already starting for Trinity. Robbie Shaw is back with Hartpury in the National League One.  Filippo Ferrarini is back in Italy playing with Mogliano in the Eccellenza. Kyle Baillie is in Canada playing with Westshore in the Mainland Cup.

Champions Denver only have one player overseas but it's a big one with Chris Baumann moving to Wellington. So far Baumann has started all five matches for Wellington. The Lions currently sit second in the Championship (second tier) hunt ten points behind Otago.

San Francisco likewise have only one player overseas with Bill Fukofuka once again playing for the team after starting 8 matches for the express. He has also played and started in all five matches for Southland, even notching a try, although the team has not seen much success.

Sacramento have a couple of front row players off for the year. Ray Barkwill, like many of the Canadians, is back in his native homeland and will suit up once again for the Castaway Wanderers. Eric Fry, as reported by TIAR, has joined St. Nazaire in the Federale 1 suped-up Pool A. He's started both matches for the team so far.

Joining Barkwill at CW is Hubert Buydens from San Diego. Fellow Canadian and front-row player Jake Ilnicki is playing in the Mitre 10 Cup with the Manawatu Turbos. He has come off the bench twice for the team so far. As for Americans from San Diego, Tom Bliss is training and playing with Richmond in the RFU Championship with Taku Ngwenya has just completed a move to Brive on a medical joker.





2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update - I'd like more updates thoughout the year, please.

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  2. What's with Spike Davis being back in the country? Injured, personal issues?

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