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More USA players are in action this week as they shake off World Cup bumps and bruises.
Scott LaValla gets his second start at lock forward for Stade Francais as the Paris club takes on Agen. Les Agenois will not be using Kevin Swiryn, so no USA v. USA clash there.
Biarritz will start Takudzwa Ngwenya on the right wing against Lyon on Saturday. And also in France, Montpellier plays Castres, but Seta Tuilevuka will not play.
In France’s Pro D2, Inaki Basauri is on the bench for Perigueux against Carcasson.
In England, Hayden Smith starts at lock for Saracens in a LV=Cup match against Exeter. Chris Wyles is not in the 22.
Samu Manoa is on the bench for Northampton in their LV=Cup match against the Ospreys. The Ospreys, readers might remember, are run by former USA Head Coach Scott Johnson. Johnson left the Eagles for the Ospreys job pledging to help USA players in Wales, but the Ospreys system has no Americans in their pipeline, except, possibly, Hanno Dirksen, who played for the USA Selects and in the NA4 when he was 17.
Chauncey O’Toole could make his debut for the Ospreys if he comes off the
bench. O’Toole is Canadian.
In the English Championship division, Mike MacDonald will start at prop for Leeds against Plymouth. Scrumhalf Robbie Shaw is on the bench.
Andrew Suniula looks to make his debut for the Cornish Pirates should he come off the bench at center against Esher.
Tim Usasz will not be used for Nottingham against Doncaster, and Shawn Pittman is on the bench for London Welsh against Bristol.
Todd Clever is in camp with Suntory in Japan, but they won’t play this weekend.