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Two months and a week after being sent home from the Pacific Nations Cup and 25 days after not being selected for the Rugby World Cup, Todd Clever broke his silence on his ouster from Team USA. Having declined interview requests throughout that time, Clever took to Facebook Saturday to get his message out.

"It is regrettable and unfortunate how the lead up to this World Cup has gone for me personally. I feel the media release issued by USA Rugby was an unfair misrepresentation of the situation. For the past 15 years, it has been the greatest honor to wear the Eagles jersey and represent my country," Clever posted. "I have always strived to set a good example for my teammates and aspiring rugby players around the globe. It pains me not to be able to take the field with my brothers during this World Cup. But I support the team whole-heartedly and wish them all the best!"

The message came the day before the USA's loss to Scotland and a day after Clever made his debut for the Newcastle Falcons, a 30-28 loss to Leicester. Clever scored in the contest and played well according to the team's website