CARDIFF, WALES – While RWU is definitely a global rugby community, we can’t deny that it was started by an American. There’s also no denying that the future of rugby will get an enormous boost if Americans and countries like the USA get fully on board with the game. With that, I figured (after stealing the idea from a soccer website) that it might be worth our while to look across the pond, as they say, and weigh in with an Americans Abroad Update (as of last Saturday):
Chris Wyles – Saracens: Won HEC match over Ospreys on 12/16; Continues to be regular starter at Saracens as a winger, FB and Outside Center.
Hayden Smith – Saracens: Did not make match day roster
Chris Biller – Bath: Lost HEC match to Leinster on 12/17; Trying hard but being drafted in and still getting use to team. Unfortunately, played defending champs and were blown off the field.
Samu Manoa – Northampton : Won HEC match over Castres on 12/16; His decision to forgo the Eagles at the RWC and focus to earn a spot at N’Hampton seems to be a good move for him. He started and help the Saints set the tone for a quality preformance.
Will Johnson – London Irish : Did not make match day roster but his development as a prop continues.
Chamionship (level below Premeirship)
Mike MacDonald – Leeds. Mike starts at Prop and continues to improve upon his already steady game.
Andrew Suniula – Cornish Pirates: Did not make match day roster
Shawn Pittman – London Welsh : Did not make match day roster but his development as a prop continues
Tim Usasz – Nottingham: Did not make match day roster
Robbie Shaw – Leeds: Did not make match day roster
Junior Sifa – Nottingham: Did not make match day roster
Scott LaValla – Stade Francais: Did not make match day roster
Kevin Swiryn – Agen: Did not make match day roster
Seta Tuilevuka – Montpellier: Did not make match day roster
Takudzwa “Z” Ngwenya – Biarritz: Won HEC match over Treviso on 12/16; Z continues to be quality contributor in Biarritz, as they allow him to get into space use his speed to create trouble for the defence.
Pro D2 (1 level below Top 14)
Inaki Basauri – Perigueux: Lost to Tarbes by 1 on 12/18; Inaki started at openside and played the full 80 minutes in a nailbiter of a match.
Federal 1 (2 levels below Top 14)
Mate Moeakiola – Bobigny 93: Lost to Macon on 12/11; Mate not only started but scored in the 80th minute. However, it was too little too late for his side. Mate continues to show his strength. His problem is his mobility.
ITM ( Prem)
James Paterson – Southland: Off-season
Currie Cup First Division (1 below Currie Cup Prem)
J.J. Gagiano – Eastern Province Kings: Off-season
Todd Clever – Suntory Sungoliath: Won over Coca-Cola West Red Sparks on 12/17; Captain America started at blindside but he never really had to get out of second gear as his team won 87-35.
Italian league 1 (top domestic league)
Lou Stanfill – Mogliano: Did not make match day roster
With Bigger Squads these days some guys were not able to make the match day roster. However, the more US paid professionals the better. If you know of any forgotten on this list please write in and let us know. And a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all.