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We've broken down where the 27 Eagles tabbed for the November tour of UK played their high school, college and/or club rugby in the United States.
Some of these guys have played in schools overseas, like Scott Lavalla at Trinity College in Ireland. But we're only examining their American roots. A couple Eagles, like Robbie Shaw and Gearoid McDonald, have never played American domestic rugby.
Only three Eagles with American club experience have not played for Super
League or former Super league clubs: Inaki Basauri, Eric Fry and Zee
Ngwenya. And only one, Ngwenya, has never played for a DI club. (He only
played 7s for NOVA).
But when it comes to where guys played in college, it's all over the map. Seven played for teams that have been in DI-A or the College Premier Division, while six played for programs in lower levels. Of the smaller programs, two are currently in DI-AA and the other four are currently in DII.
So it can be concluded that if you're good enough, you might be identified as a potential Eagle in college, even if you don't play for one of the big boys. But if you want to become an Eagle, and you haven't been identified in college or before, you might need to play DI club rugby.
|Derek Asbun||De la Salle||Cal||
|Inaki Basauri||Maryland Exiles||
|Chris Biller||De la Salle||Cal||SFGG|
|Todd Clever||College Park||Nevada||OMBAC|
||Belmont Shore/STL Ramblers|
|Zach Fenoglio||Regis Jesuit||Loyola Marymount||Belmont Shore/Glendale|
|Eric Fry||Sacramento Jesuit||Cal||Las Vegas|
|Scott LaValla||Budd Bay||
|Mike Petri||Xavier HS||Penn State||NYAC|
|Shawn Pittman||Chuckanut Bay||
|Louis Stanfill||Sacramento Jesuit||Cal||NYAC|
||Pearl City/Chicago Griffins|
||Pearl City/Boston/Chi. Griffins|
|Nicholas Wallace||Chuckanut Bay||St. Mary's||