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Paul Emerick could well make his debut for Wasps this weekend as they take on Exeter in Aviva Premiership action.
Emerick, who recently signed with the London team is in training and expected to be used in the game if only to get his feet wet.
Emerick did not play in last weekend’s 22-17 loss to Saracens. Two USA players, Hayden Smith and Chris Wyles, did start. Smith’s status with Saracens remains in flux as he ponders tryouts with the NFL.
Also in the Premiership, Samu Manoa started at lock in Northampton’s tough 27-24 loss to Gloucester. Manoa has just signed a two-year extension with the club. The important part of that contract is that, according to sources close to the issue, there are no restrictions put on Manoa for making himself available to the USA team.
Manoa’s original deal with Northampton forced him to miss the Rugby World Cup in September. Now with the USA schedule slightly more formalized, Manoa should be available (if he’s picked) for the USA’s June tests.
In the RFU Championship, England’s 2nd-tier competition, Shawn Pittman starts at tighthead for London Welsh agaisnt Rivals London Scottish this weekend.
Fans are still waiting for the return of Andrew Suniula (Cornish Pirates) and Mike MacDonald (Leeds) from injury. Robbie Shaw is on the bench at scrumhalf for Leeds.
In France, Taku Ngwenya started at wing in Biarritz’s 20-15 loss to Toulouse. Scott LaValla came on with 20 minutes to go for Stade Francais in the Paris club’s 26-20 loss to Bayonne.
In the Pro D2, Inaki Basauri continues to log time at lock for Perigueux, which lost 21-19 to Narbonne. Perigueux is last in Pro D2, but event a close-loss bonus point helps, as they are now only a point away from getting out of the cellar.
In Japan, we’re all still waiting to find out where Todd Clever will sign once his deal with Suntory is up.