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Eagle lock Tai Tuisamoa has signed on with the London Scottish of the Greene King IPA Championship, England's second-division pro league. He'll join his new team after the June tests.
"We wanted to go out and find some big physical boys in the off season, and we are excited to see what Tai can bring to the group," said Scottish coach James Buckland. "He is late to high level rugby but I think our supporters will very quickly take to his style of play."
Tuisamoa, who turns 34 in August, earned his first cap for the USA just last November, and he's only been playing rugby for a handful of years. But in that short time, he's become OMBAC's best forward and proved worthy of the international stage.
The Eagles are as deep at lock as they ever have been, and competition to make next year's World Cup squad is already heating up. Getting into a professional environment in the lead-up to selections is a boon to Tuisamoa's chances.
"I'm delighted to have joined such an ambitious club as London Scottish," said Tuisamoa. "Since promotion to the Championship three seasons ago the Club has clearly been on the up and finished comfortably in fifth place last season.
"Although I have been playing for the USA Eagles, my club rugby has been with San Diego based Old Mission Beach Athletic Club in the domestic US competition. It does have some intense games but is not consistently at the level of the Greene King IPA Championship. Playing in this competition will give me excellent preparation leading into the 2015 World Cup."