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Friday, August 24, 2018

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview


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While Americans playing in the UK and Ireland (and there are an every growing number) are still in pre-season Americans in France and in the Southern Hemisphere are well underway. In the Mitre 10 Cup three of the four Americans have either played for their teams or are set to play for their sides. Pas Dunn has already started and Tony Lamborn will do the same. In France, Dave Ryan, the only U.S.-eligible player left in the competition, is set to start for Ages in their season opener. In the Pro D2 both Christian Ostberg and Eric Fry will come off the bench.

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British Isles:

Aviva Premiership

Titi Lamositele and Saracens are in pre-season.

AJ MacGinty and Sale are in pre-season.

Joe Taufete'eCallum Black, and Worcester are in pre-season.

Guinness Pro 14

Blaine Scully, Samu Manoa, and Cardiff are in pre-season.

Greg PetersonDavid Tameilau, and Glasgow are in pre-season.

RFU Championship

Ronnie McLean and Richmond are in pre-season.

Ben Landry, Andrew Durutalo, and Ealing are in pre-season.

Will Hooley and Beford are in pre-season.

Dino Waldren and London Scottish are in pre-season.

Nick Civetta and Doncaster are in pre-season.

Robbie Shaw and Hartpury have finished their season.

Bryce Campbell and London Irish are in pre-season.

All Ireland League

Pierce Dargan, Roman Salanoa, and Old Belvedere are in pre-season.

Kalei Konrad and Terenure College are in pre-season.

Kevin O'ConnorAlex McDonaldWill Sims, Liam Smith, and Trinity are in pre-season.

Women's Premiership

Jess Wooden and the Harlequins are in pre-season.

France:

Top 14

Dave Ryan will start for Agen as they play Clermont in their season opener.

Pro D2

Christian Ostberg is on the bench for Aurillac as they play Provence today.

Eric Fry is on the bench for Vannes as they play Oyonnax today.

Other

Mose Fualaau plays for the Clermont Academy.

Nafi Maafu plays for the Perpignan reserves.

New Zealand:

Mitre 10 Cup

Toni Pulu was not in the line-up for Counties Manukau as they lost to Bay of Plenty 22-17 on Thursday. He'll be moving to the Brumbies next season and is Australia-eligible. We'll leave him here until he loses his U.S. eligibility.

Pas Dunn started and played 63 minutes for Hawke's Bay as they beat Otago 31-25 today.

Mike Sosene-Feagai is on the bench for Auckland as they play Northland on Sunday.

Tony Lamborn will start for Southland as they play the Tasman Makos on Saturday.

Other

Michelle Wong is training and playing with Sydenham.

Australia:

NRC

Marcel Brache and the Perth Spirit/Western Force are in pre-season.

James Hilterbrand and the Sydney Rays have finished their season.

Shute Shield

James Hilterbrand and Manly have finished their season.

Canada:

BC Premier League

Graham Harriman and James Bay are in pre-season.

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