Samu Manoa started at lock forward for Northampton and helped lead the
Saints to a 32-14 victory over Newcastle in Saturday’s Aviva Premiership
action in England.
The victory bumped the Saints from 6th to 3rd,
although the three teams behind them still have a game to play this
In the French Top 14, Scott LaValla ran on for Sergio Parisse at No. 8 for
Stade Francais,... Read More
Todd Clever helped Suntory move to 8-0 as the Japanese club downed Toyota
45-15. Suntory is in first place in the Japan Top League.
Clever, who normally lines up at flanker, started at lock, left for a blood
bin, and was generally gleefully stuck in during the tough work in tight.
The USA captain said he was happy to help out.
“There was an injury in the second row, and I raised... Read More
Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder took a bit of a flyer in starting Samu
Manoa at No. 8 for the Saints these last two weeks.
Now he’s happy he did. The former SFGG star was Man of the Match Sunday
against Castres in a 45-0 victory. The game was a big step forward for
Manoa, who has made nine starts for Northampton and subbed on six other
times. He scored his first try... Read More
Northampton crushed Castres 45-0 Sunday in European Cup action, behind a
Man-of-the-Match effort from American No. 8 Samu Manoa.
Playing No. 8 for the second week in a row, Manoa has emerged as a
monstrous force for the Saints, and led the club in a gritty performance.
“I’m happy to be at eight,” Manoa told RUGBYMag.com before the game. “I get... Read More
Chris Wyles and Saracens have to be celebrating after a tend 16-13 victory
on the road against the Ospreys, improving the Watford club to 3-1 in the
Heineken Cup Pool 5.
It was a tough match, made even tougher by a cruel penalty/yellow card
decision that led to an Ospreys try.
But some tough Saracens defense held the game for them.
Also of interest: former USA prospect Hanno... Read More
USA U20 star and University of Oklahoma All American Taylor Mokate is off
to play rugby in New Zealand.
Mokate, who made his first senior national team appearance last year with
the USA 7s team, will be joining the Wellington Football Club, which won
the HS Morgan Memorial (Wellington RFU 2nd Division) final last season.
Wellington is also the old club of former All... Read More
Americans playing in the European club competitions overseas, the
Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup, have had a rough go of it this
season, for the most part.
Their teams are a combined 8-11-1, and only Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith's
Saracens and Scott Lavalla's Stade Francais boast winning records. Samu
Manoa's Northampton and Seta Tuilevuka's Montpellier are winless.... Read More
Head Coach Andy Farrell praised Chris Wyles’s work rate that led to the
wing and USA star to score a crucial try in Saturday’s Heineken Cup win
over the Ospreys at Wemlbey Stadium.
Wyles, who also scored in the opening two minutes, scored in the
46th minute to put his side up 28-16 in a match they won 31-26.
Wyles was involved in a ruck on the left side of the pitch,... Read More
Chris Biller made his first start for Bath Sunday, running on as the hooker
in their Heineken Cup match with Leinster.
It didn’t turn out to be Bath’s day, however, as Bath went down 18-13 to
the Irish team, dropping to 1-2.
Biller was heavily involved in the buildup to Bath’s only try. His
half-break and smart work in contact set the platform for Jack Cuthbert’s
try. That put... Read More
Wyles scored a key late try for Saracens to help spark his professional
club to a 31-26 European CUp victory over the Ospreys of Wales.
With the victory, Saracens moved to 2-1 and top of Pool 5 in the Heineken
Cup, while the Ospreys dropped to 1-1-1.
Biarritz and Takudzwa Ngwenya were upset by Treviso in Pool 5 and dropped
Playing before 41,000 at Wembley... Read More