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Friday, October 13, 2017

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview


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It's a European rugby weekend as the European Champions and European Challenge Cups kick off. That's typically a mixed bag for Americans as some get a chance to play while others rest. One player that is going to get his opportunity is Joe Taufete'e. He will start for Worcester as they play Brive in the Challenge Cup. Taku Ngwenya will not be in the line-up for Brive. Another player that will start in the competition is Blaine Scully. That's it for the Challenge Cup while in the Champions Cup only Chris Wyles will start while other players like AJ MacGinty are rested. The same goes for Americans in the British & Irish Cup. Regular starters Andrew Durutalo and Ronnie McLean will get a rest for their respective sides. However, Dino Waldren will get his first start for London Scottish and Robbie Shaw will see his first action for Hartpury.

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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 Northampton on Sunday. Lamositele is still injured.  

Callum Black is on the bench for Ulster as they play Wasps today.

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

Chris Baumann is not in the line-up for Leicester as they play Racing on Saturday.

Greg Peterson is not in the line-up for Glasgow as they play Exeter on Saturday.
 
European Challenge Cup

Blaine Scully will start for Cardiff as they play Lyon today.

Joe Taufete'e will start for Worcester as they play Brive on Saturday.

Nick Civetta is not in the line-up for Newcastle as they play the Dragons on Saturday. Thretton Palamo is not in the Dragons European squad.

British & Irish Cup

Thretton Palamo is on loan from Bristol to the Dragons and is injured.

Robbie Shaw will start for Richmond as they play the Cornish Pirates on Saturday.

Andrew Durutalo is not in the line-up for Ealing as they play Ronnie McLean and Richmond on Saturday. McLean is also not in the line-up.

Dino Waldren will start as they play the Dragons Select on Saturday.

Other

Conor Kearns plays with Oxford University.

Ollie Drew plays with Romsney.

Louis Mulholland plays with with Cheshunt.

All Ireland League

Pierce Dargan and Old Belvedere have the weekend off.

Tim Maupin and St. Mary's College have the weekend off. Maupin is with the USA Selects.

Kevin O'ConnorAlex McDonaldWill Sims, Liam Smith, and Trinity have the weekend off.

Women's Premiership

Jess Wooden and the Harlequins have the weekend off.

France:

European Champions/Challenge Cup

Samu Manoa is not in the line-up for Toulon as they play Scarlets on Sunday.

Dave Ryan is not in the line-up for Agen as they play Zebre today.

Taku Ngwenya is not in the line-up for Brive as they play Worcester on Saturday.

Pro D2

Eric Fry will start for Vannes as they play Montauban today on Friday.

David Tameilau and Siaosi Mahoni are not in the line-up for Narbonne as they play Angouleme on Saturday.

Christian Ostberg and Aurillac play Perpignan on Sunday.

Other

Victor Camptat plays for the Brive Reserves.

Mose Fualaau plays for the Clermont Academy.

Inaki Basauri plays for Stade Nantais.

Nafi Maafu plays for the Perpignan reserves.

New Zealand:

Mitre 10 Cup

Toni Pulu is not in the line-up for Counties Manukau as they play Tasman on Saturday.

Tony Lamborn, Pas Dunn, and Hawke's Bay play Manawatu on Saturday.

Other

Michelle Wong is training and playing with Sydenham.

Steven Knight is training in the Southland system.

Australia:

NRC

Marcel Brache will start for the Perth Spirit as they play the NSW Country Eagles on Saturday.

James Hilterbrand is on the bench for the Sydney Rays as they play the Canberra Vikings on Sunday.

Super Rugby

Chris Coyle is a part of the Brumbies training squad.

Shute Shield

James Hilterbrand and Manly have finished their season.

Zach Pangelinan and Randwick have finished their season.

Canada:

BC Premier League

Graham Harriman and James Bay play Nanaimo on Saturday.

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