Friday, December 8, 2017

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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It's a European weekend for many Americans in Europe. In the Champions Cup Samu Manoa will start for Toulon although it will come at lock. He's been a No. 8 for most of the season but will shift down to lock in order to make room for others. It's always a telling sign of the importance of a player when they are shifted into a different position because they need to be on the pitch. Also in the Champions Cup Chris Wyles will start for Saracens and Chris Baumann is on the bench for Leicester. In the Challenge Cup both Joe Taufete'e and Andrew Durutalo have earned starting nods for Worcester. It's the first time both players have started together for Worcester. Also of note, Taufete'e is one of the leading scorers in the competition. A couple of Americans will go head to head as Sale plays Cardiff. AJ MacGinty will start for Sale while Blaine Scully is on the bench for Cardiff. Elsewhere most players will see action at the lower levels.
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British Isles:

European Champions Cup

Chris Wyles will start while Titi Lamositele is not in the line-up as Saracens as they play Clermont on Sunday.

Greg Peterson is not in the line-up for Glasgow as they play Montpellier on Friday.

Chris Baumann is on the bench for Leicester as they play Munster on Saturday.+

Callum Black will start as they play Harlequins on Sunday.

Nick Civetta is on loan from Newcastle to Doncaster.

European Challenge Cup

AJ MacGinty will start for Sale as they play Blaine Scully and Cardiff on Saturday. Scully is on the bench.

Joe Taufete'e and Andrew Durutalo will start for Worcester as they play Oyonnax on Saturday.

RFU Championship

Thretton Palamo is not in the line-up for Bristol as they play Leinster A on Friday. Palamo is injured.

Nick Civetta will start for Doncaster as they play the Cardiff Premiership Select XV on Saturday.

Ronnie McLean is not in the line-up for Richmond as they play the Connacht Eagles on Saturday.

Dino Waldren is not in the line-up for London Scottish as they play Jersey on Saturday.

Robbie Shaw is not in the line-up for Hartpury as they play Ulster A on Saturday.


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 play Ballymena on Saturday.

Tim Maupin and St. Mary's College play the Buccaneers on Saturday.

Kevin O'ConnorAlex McDonaldWill Sims, Liam Smith, and Trinity play Clontarf on Saturday.

Kalei Konrad and Terenure College play Young Munster on Saturday.

Women's Premiership

Jess Wooden and the Harlequins play Wasps on Saturday.


European Champions Cup/Challenge Cup

Samu Manoa will start for Toulon as they play Bath on Saturday.

Dave Ryan is not in the line-up for Agen as they play Pau on Friday.

Pro D2

Eric Fry and Vannes play Christian Ostberg and Aurillac on Friday. Neither Fry nor Ostberg are in the line-up.

David Tameilau will start for Narbonne while Siaosi Mahoni is not in the line-up as they play Bayonne on Friday.


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.



Roland Suniula and Reggio have the weekend off.

New Zealand:

Mitre 10 Cup

Toni Pulu and Counties Manukau have finished their season.

Tony LambornPas Dunn, and Hawke's Bay have finished their season.


Michelle Wong is training and playing with Sydenham.

Steven Knight is training in the Southland system.



Marcel Brache and the Perth Spirit have finished their season.

James Hilterbrand and the Sydney Rays have finished their season.

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.


BC Premier League

Graham Harriman and James Bay play UBC on Saturday.

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