Friday some Americans saw action in pro leagues around Europe.
Mike MacDonald and Robbie Shaw started at loosehead prop and scrumhalf,
respectively, for Leeds in a very important RFU Championship match again
Yorkshire rivals Rotherham.
Both players played a major role in Leeds winning 25-19.
The victory put Leeds at 8-4, just three points behind Rotherham (7-4-1)
for 5th and... Read More
It was a typically busy weekend for USA players in the RFU Championship,
England's 2nd tier professional rugby competition.
Shawn Pittman started at tighthead prop for London Welsh in their difficult
18-16 win over London Scottish. (Robbie Shaw did not play.)
And Mike MacDonald came off the bench to spark Leeds to a 20-15 win over
Esher. MacDonald played tighthead, rather than his... Read More
Takudzwa Ngwenya scored a try with about 15 minutes left to ensure Biarritz
would win their Heineken Cup match against Saracens.
With the score still tight at 8-3, USA wing Ngwenya broke free for a
crucial score that put Biarritz 15-3 up against the English club, which
started USA players Chris Wyles at fullback and Hayden Smith at lock.
Saracens scored late to rescue a bonus... Read More
Kevin Swiryn is in the starting lineup for Agen’s Amlin Challenge Cup match
against Brive on Sunday, which is good news for the USA wing.
Swiryn lost his USA starting job to James Paterson during the World Cup,
right at the time he felt he was returning to form.
at Agen in the South of France, Swiryn has had some work to do to break
back into the starting lineup. Last week... Read More
USA lock/flanker Scott LaValla ran on in the 55th minute for Stade Francais
as the Paris club defeated the Bucharest Wolves 49-3 in Amlin Challenge Cup
This is the second tier of European competition, below the Heineken Cup.
LaValla, tellingly, got his first significant time at No. 8, having played
mostly at lock for Stade.
Also on Friday Samu Manoa ran on as a... Read More
USA fullback Chris Wyles says his club, Saracens, wants to make a serious
run at the Heineken Cup.
reigning Aviva Premiership champs, who boast two Eagles, Wyles and Hayden
Smith, as regulars, won their opening Heineken Cup match Sunday 42-17 over
Benetton Treviso. Wyles scored a try in that match, and Smith started at
lock and played all 80 minutes.
“The bonus point win... Read More
USA captain Todd Clever started at flanker and scored a first-half try to
help lead the Suntory Sungoliath to a 17-10 victory over the NTT
Communications Shining Arcs in Japan's Top League.
With Nicholas Ryan's conversion, Clever's try put his side 10-0 up, and
they held on in a tough league match.
The Sungoliath are 2nd in the Top League, just behind Brave Lupus.
Guayana won the men's North American Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) 7s
championships, defeating Cayman Islands 31-0 in horrible conditions.
The two-day tournament suffered heavy downpours on Saturday, making the
main field a muddy mess for all of Sunday, especially the final. Guyana's
ball handling and speed were better than anyone else's, however, and led by
Claudius Butts,... Read More
Today was a big day for USA wing Kevin Swiryn, as he came off the bench to
score a try for Agen in their Amlin Challenge Cup match against La Vila.
Agen won 50-10. This was Swiryn’s first game in some time for Agen, and
could be the start of more playing time for the former St. Mary’s captain.
Also this weekend in European Cup action, Stade Francais won, but did not
use Scott... Read More
Cup, which pits the best European clubs against one another, begins Friday.
The best teams from France, Italy, England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales
compete for the most coveted club title in the Northern Hemisphere, and
four Americans have been selected to their clubs' 22-man roster for the
Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith are both slated to start for... Read More