Thursday, January 18, 2018

VOTE: TIAR Awards--Overseas Player of the Year

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It's time for our TIAR Award for Overseas Player of the Year! This year's nominees include Chris Wyles, Marcel Brache, Joe Taufete'e, and AJ MacGinty. We had a few others we considered, including Blaine Scully and Andrew Durutalo but overall we felt these four had the biggest impact.

Chris Wyles: He may not be playing for the Eagles anymore but Chris Wyles is still a heck of a player. The Saracens win logged nearly 1500 minutes for the club last year scoring seven tries in the process. It's a testament to Wyles that he keeps getting a call despite Saracens have a number of England-eligible players on the win.

Marcel Brache: Not many Americans get solid time for clubs overseas let alone Super Rugby clubs. Lone among those players is Marcel Brache who was a consistent presence for the Western Force. He also played with the Perth Spirit in the National Rugby Championship. Where he ends up this year will be interesting.

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Joe Taufete'e: Taufete'e was signed as a prospect by Worcester and it has paid off for them big time. He can start, he can provide a spark off the bench, and he is a coaches dream. If it keeps going like this he's going to be a regular starter soon.

AJ MacGinty: After a breakout year at Connacht there were some questions whether MacGinty could keep up the pace at Sale. Any of those concerns were erased as he firmly put himself as the first-choice fly-half for the Sharks.

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