Friday, October 14, 2016

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup begin in Europe this weekend. For Americans that can be a mixed bag. For those in the Champions Cup, like Chris Wyles and Samu Manoa that means getting starts in important matches. For others, like Nick Civetta in the Challenge Cup that means seeing first team time for the first time this year as Newcastle are choosing to use a different squad. Either way there are still a number of Americans that are going to see time. One of the best matches to keep an eye on is the match-up between Saracens and Toulon. Both Wyles and Manoa will start. The Challenge Cup also means that Taku Ngwenya could make his debut for Brive. Down at the lower levels players will still be getting time. In the Southern Hemisphere two Americans will go head to head in the NRC semi-finals.

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British Isles:

European Champions CUp

Chris Wyles will start while Titi Lamositele is not in the line-up for Saracens as they play Samu Manoa and Toulon on Saturday. Manoa will also start.

Neither Greg Peterson nor Langilangi Haupeakui are in the line-up for Glasgow as they play Leicester today.

AJ MacGinty is not in the line-up for Sale as they play Scarlets on Saturday.

Callum Black is not in the line-up for Ulster as they play Bordeaux on Sunday.

European Challenge Cup

Thretton Palamo will start for Bristol as they play Blaine Scully, Cam Dolan, and Cardiff today. Dolan is on the bench and Scully is not in the line-up.

Nick Civetta will start while Paddy Ryan isn't in the line-up for Newcastle as they play Sam Underhill and the Ospreys today. Underhill is injured and won't play for months. He's also likely to play for England or Wales before the Eagles.

British & Irish Cup

Ronnie McLean and Tom Bliss are not in the line-up for Richmond as they play Leinster A on Saturday.

National League 1

Hayden Smith and Esher play Hull Ionians on Saturday.

Robbie Shaw on Hartpury play Blaydon on Saturday.


Conor Kearns plays with Oxford University.

Ollie Drew plays with Bournemouth University.

Louis Mulholland plays with Bath University and occasionally with Cheshunt. 

Dan Hostetler plays with Cardiff University.

David Ibanez plays with Scarborough.

All Ireland League

Pierce DarganJesse MilneWill SimsOisin Brady, and Ian Kinsley, and Trinity have the weekend off.

Liam Bourke and UCD have the weekend off.

Dino Waldren and Blackrock have the weekend off.

Liam Murphy and Clontarf have the weekend off.

Women's Premiership

Jess WoodenKimber Rozier, and Aylesford play Richmond on Sunday.


European Champions and Challenge Cups

Samu Manoa see above.

Gagi Bazadze is not in the line-up for Montpellier as they play Northampton on Saturday.

Taku Ngwenya is on the bench for Brive as they play the Dragons today.

Pro D2

Christian Ostberg is not in the line-up for Aurillac as they play Colomiers on Sunday.

Dave Ryan and Agen play Bourgoin today.

Federale 1

Eric Fry and St. Nazaire play Limoges on Sunday.

Mate Moeakiola and Castanet play Dijon on Sunday.


Victor Camptat plays for the Brive Reserves.

Mose Fualaau plays for the Clermont Academy.

Inaki Basauri plays for Stade Nantais.

New Zealand:

Mitre 10 Cup

Chris Baumann and Wellington play Waikato on Saturday.

Toni Pulu will start as Counties Manukau play Canterbury today.

Tony Lamborn will start for Hawke's Bay as they play Bay of Plenty on Saturday.

Pasqualle Dunn was not in the line-up for Auckland as they lost to Taranaki 35-32 on Thursday.


Michelle Wong is training and playing with Sydenham.


National Rugby Championship

James Hilterbrand and the North Harbour Rays play Marcel Brache and the Perth Spirit on Sunday.

Super Rugby

Marcel Brache and the Western Force have finished their season.

Chris Coyle is a part of the Brumbies training squad.

Shute Shield

Chris Chapman and Sydney University have finished their season.

Dewar Shield

James King and Moorabbin have finished their season.


Super Rugby

Andrew Durutalo and the Sunwolves have finished their season.


BC Premier League

Graham Harriman and James Bay play Castaway Wanderers on Saturday.


Alex Aronson is playing and training in the Philippines.

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