Here's what happened to USA players overseas this weekend:
Saracens (Chris Wyles, Hayden Smith) v. Biarritz (Taku Ngwenya).
Thanks to five Owen Farrell penalties, Saracens won 20-16. Wyles and
Ngwenya played on the wing against each other, and neither scored.
Hayden Smith didn’t play.
With the victory, Saracens is 4-1 in Pool 5 of the Heineken Cup. They... Read More
Cup marches on this weekend, and several Americans are in action.
Takudzwa Ngwenya of Biarritz and Chris Wyles of Saracens line up directly
across from each other Sunday to decide first place in Pool 5. Read more
about the matchup
here, and tune into Fox Soccer Plus Sunday at 7pm ET to catch the game.
Samu Manoa gets a start at lock Saturday against the Scarlets... Read More
Takudzwa Ngwenya, the 2010 Rugby Magazine American Overseas Performer of
the Year, will line up at right wing for Biarritz in Heineken Cup action
Sunday, and he will face Chris Wyles, the 2011 Rugby Magazine American
Overseas Performer of the Year, who starts at left wing for Saracens.
It's an outstanding matchup of two players who burst onto the... Read More
prop Shawn Pittman carries with him one of the great battle scores of
prop-dom, a nicely broken nose courtesy of the Rotherham Titans.
The Eagle prop forward was outstanding for London Welsh last weekend, even
after having to leave the pick for a broken break 20 minutes in. He was
clogged up and back on the field six minutes later, and played a huge role
in the one-point win... Read More
Shawn Pittman was a monster for London Welsh Saturday as he helped his club
in a RFU Championship win over Rotherham 21-20.
The USA and former Chuckanut U19 prop helped spark London Welsh to a
13-point comeback by being in the middle of the action throughout the
latter part of the game.
His thundering runs and high work rate forced Rotherham to scramble in
defense, and they... Read More
Scott LaValla ran on with 20 minutes to go to help Stade Francais beat
Castres 38-21 in French Top 14 action Saturday.
LaValla is still basking in the good feelings of extending his contract
with the club from one year to three years.
“I’m just delighted that I had enough opportunities to kind of prove what I
could do,” LaValla told RUGBYMag.com, adding that being able to start... Read More
It wasn't the most exciting game in the world, but Biarritz will take it,
as the French Top 14 club, with Taku Ngwenya on the right wing as usual,
defeated Agen 15-6 Friday in league play.
Agen did not suit up USA back Kevin Swiryn.
The victory pulled Biarritz out of the Top 14 cellar, for the moment.
Also in France, Scott LaValla is on the reserves bench for Stade Francais,... Read More
Samu Manoa started at lock for the Northampton Saints Friday as the English
Premiership team beat league leaders Harlequins 24-3.
Manoa was, once again, very solid for the Saints and was named Man of the
The victory puts Northampton alone in 3rd place, for now, but also helps
USA-connected Saracens. The club of Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith are in
second place, and can... Read More
loose forward/lock Scott LaValla has signed a contract extension with
Paris-based Stade Francais.
LaValla, a native of Washington state, captained the USA U19s and U20s, and
is a former Rugby Magazine U19 Player of the Year. He joined Stade out of
Dublin University, where, despite being an American, he was voted in as
captain of the team.
Able to play No. 8, lock or... Read More
Mike MacDonald started at loosehead prop and Robbie Shaw came on late at
scrumhalf as Leeds won a crucial RFU Championship match 19-17 over London
Shaw came on with 15 minutes to go, and his side down a point, and was part
of their getting ahead thanks to the goalkicking of Tommy Bell, who scored
all of his team's points.
Leeds is now 10-5-1, in 6th, but just a few... Read More