Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Clever Announces International Retirement, More Qualifying Dates

Photo: Cody Schmelter
Todd Clever has announced his retirement from international rugby. His last game for the team, barring injury, will be the World Cup qualifying match against Canada in San Diego on July 1st. His retirement was made in an announcement from U.S.A. Rugby that has lots of good quotes from Clever.

Known as Captain America Clever made his debut all the way back in 2003 and has amassed 74 caps, making him the all-time cap leader for the United States. He will get to at least 75 caps. He's also been captain of the Eagles for more than 50 of those caps.

Clever started his professional career with North Harbour in New Zealand before moving to play with the Lions in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup. His longest stint as a professional was in Japan with Suntory Sungoliath and the NTT Shining Arcs. He spent a year with the Newcastle Falcons and has also played for various American clubs, including OMBAC in his hometown of San Diego and the Austin Huns. All indications are he plans on continuing to play just not for the Eagles.

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More RWC Qualifying Dates

If the Eagles beat Canada over their two leg series starting this weekend they will qualify for the World Cup as Americas 1, something they haven't done before. However, should they lose the series the would then go into a home and away series with Uruguay. That series has been scheduled for January 27th and February 3rd. The team with the high ranking would host the second leg. The current rankings among potential involved teams starts with the Eagles ranked highest, then Uruguay, then Canada.

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