The origin of his story is run of the mill – played multiple sports growing up and found rugby in college. The rest, how his career in professional sport actually began with British basketball and morphed into authoring one of the great rags-to-riches tales in European rugby, is anything but.
In Mendon, Mich., like many small towns in America, football is king. The Hornets have enjoyed multiple... Read More
Andrew Durutalo's signing with the new Japanese Super Rugby franchise, the Sunwolves, has been made official. The Sunwolves' coaching staff and squad was announced Monday. The majority of the team is made up of former Japan Top League and National Team players, and the Fijian-American is among just a handful of foreigners on the roster.
Japanese is one of the multiple languages in which Durutalo... Read More
London Irish operations director Bob Casey is in New York this week laying the groundwork for the Aviva Premiership club’s groundbreaking match with Saracens March 12, 2016 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The game marks the first Premiership regular-season match to be played off English soil, but it won’t likely be the last.
Casey said London Irish, the Premiership and The Legacy Agency, the... Read More
Eagle flyhalf AJ MacGinty has earned a contract with Guinness Pro 12 club Connacht. The native Irishman has returned to the Emerald Isle and already joined his new club.
"We’re delighted to welcome AJ to Connacht Rugby," said Connacht CEO Willie Ruane. "He has made a name for himself as a young Irish man playing for USA in the Rugby World Cup but has been doing very well in the States for the... Read More
The Newcastle Falcons of the Aviva Premiership announced the signing of former Eagle captain Todd Clever Thursday. Clever, who was released from the National Team in July and not selected for the Rugby World Cup, makes it four continents on which he's now played professional rugby, having been contracted by USA Rugby before playing professionally in New Zealand, South Africa and Japan.
“We’re... Read More
American center Thretton Palamo will stay in London for the 2015/2016 season, but he's switching clubs. The former Saracens center has been picked by the London Welsh.
"Thretton is an exciting talent and we are grateful to Saracens for releasing him to us," London Welsh director of rugby Steve Lewis said of Palamo in the club's announcement of the signing.
"He is 6ft 3in and 116kg with pace and... Read More
Eagle Cam Dolan will be a Cardiff Blue next season, the Welsh club announced Wednesday. Dolan wrapped up his second season with Northampton recently, and after the World Cup he’ll be headed to Cardiff.
The former Life All-American will join Blaine Scully in Cardiff, where ex-USA Rugby staffer Billy Millard is now the general manager. Millard’s time in the States apparently left him with an... Read More
The Cardiff Blues announced Tuesday the signing of Eagle Blaine Scully. The Cal grad spent two seasons with Leicester in the English Premiership, and though he continued to show well, didn't quite reach the status of an automatic selection. The long-term deal with Cardiff, though we don't know the exact parameters of the contract, might mean more frontline minutes beginning next season.
"Blaine... Read More
Newly minted Eagle lock Greg Peterson has signed on with Leicester. The 6'8" Australian second rower with American parents made his debut for the Eagles last month, playing well in the absence of the team's English-based professionals. The international cap helped free-up Peterson to be signed by a Premiership team, and he joins fellow Eagle Blaine Scully with the Tigers.
“We are looking for... Read More
The long-rumored move of Samu Manoa to Toulon was confirmed by Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal Sunday. Manoa will remain with Northamption through the end of the season and join the back-to-back defending European champions next year.
Manoa is one of four players recently revealed to be joining Toulon after the World Cup. New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu, Australia's Salesi Ma'afu and Fiji's Napolioni ... Read More