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It will be a busy weekend for many Americans playing overseas, with perhaps the biggest news being that former Cal and USA 7s standout Blaine Scully gets his first Premiership start.

New Leicester signing Scully gets his first time in a league game for the Tigers, and he starts at fullback

“We’ve had some very good players unavailable already this season and having some of them back in the fold is really good news for us, for the supporters and obviously for the players," said Director of rugby Richard Cockerill.

It's good news for Scully to get a full-on start, but also a big test as he has to deliver. Leicester takes on Newcastle on Saturday.

Chris Wyles starts at outside center for Saracens against Bath. Eage to prove himself at midfield, Wyles has shown some snappy handling and passing of late.

Samu Manoa moves back to lock after a stint at No. 8 for Northampton. He looks to help the Saints as they take on Gloucester. Luke Hume won't play for Gloucester because he doesn't, as of this writing, have a contract.

In the UK's lower divisions, Eric Fry starts once again at tighthead prop for London Scottish as they face Britsol. Fry came in for some compliments from USA captain Todd Clever last week, who called him one of the most professional and dedicated players he's ever seen.

Robbie Shaw is expected to be on the squad for Esher as they play Blaydon.

In France, Taku Ngwenya gets his first bit of rest as Biarritz takes on Grenoble. Scott LaValla will start at openside flanker for Stade Francais against Oyonnax.

That's in the Top 14. In Pro D2 Seta Tuilevuka starts at outside center for Beziers.


Also of note this week, Derek Asbun started for the University of Cape Town as they won their final match of their season, 26-7 over SK Walmers. This was also the final match for Head Coach and former Eagle JJ Gagiano, who joins Bath.