It wasn't the most exciting game in the world, but Biarritz will take it,
as the French Top 14 club, with Taku Ngwenya on the right wing as usual,
defeated Agen 15-6 Friday in league play.
Agen did not suit up USA back Kevin Swiryn.
The victory pulled Biarritz out of the Top 14 cellar, for the moment.
Also in France, Scott LaValla is on the reserves bench for Stade Francais,... Read More
Samu Manoa started at lock for the Northampton Saints Friday as the English
Premiership team beat league leaders Harlequins 24-3.
Manoa was, once again, very solid for the Saints and was named Man of the
The victory puts Northampton alone in 3rd place, for now, but also helps
USA-connected Saracens. The club of Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith are in
second place, and can... Read More
loose forward/lock Scott LaValla has signed a contract extension with
Paris-based Stade Francais.
LaValla, a native of Washington state, captained the USA U19s and U20s, and
is a former Rugby Magazine U19 Player of the Year. He joined Stade out of
Dublin University, where, despite being an American, he was voted in as
captain of the team.
Able to play No. 8, lock or... Read More
Mike MacDonald started at loosehead prop and Robbie Shaw came on late at
scrumhalf as Leeds won a crucial RFU Championship match 19-17 over London
Shaw came on with 15 minutes to go, and his side down a point, and was part
of their getting ahead thanks to the goalkicking of Tommy Bell, who scored
all of his team's points.
Leeds is now 10-5-1, in 6th, but just a few... Read More
Samu Manoa started at lock forward for Northampton and helped lead the
Saints to a 32-14 victory over Newcastle in Saturday’s Aviva Premiership
action in England.
The victory bumped the Saints from 6th to 3rd,
although the three teams behind them still have a game to play this
In the French Top 14, Scott LaValla ran on for Sergio Parisse at No. 8 for
Stade Francais,... Read More
Todd Clever helped Suntory move to 8-0 as the Japanese club downed Toyota
45-15. Suntory is in first place in the Japan Top League.
Clever, who normally lines up at flanker, started at lock, left for a blood
bin, and was generally gleefully stuck in during the tough work in tight.
The USA captain said he was happy to help out.
“There was an injury in the second row, and I raised... Read More
Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder took a bit of a flyer in starting Samu
Manoa at No. 8 for the Saints these last two weeks.
Now he’s happy he did. The former SFGG star was Man of the Match Sunday
against Castres in a 45-0 victory. The game was a big step forward for
Manoa, who has made nine starts for Northampton and subbed on six other
times. He scored his first try... Read More
Northampton crushed Castres 45-0 Sunday in European Cup action, behind a
Man-of-the-Match effort from American No. 8 Samu Manoa.
Playing No. 8 for the second week in a row, Manoa has emerged as a
monstrous force for the Saints, and led the club in a gritty performance.
“I’m happy to be at eight,” Manoa told RUGBYMag.com before the game. “I get... Read More
Chris Wyles and Saracens have to be celebrating after a tend 16-13 victory
on the road against the Ospreys, improving the Watford club to 3-1 in the
Heineken Cup Pool 5.
It was a tough match, made even tougher by a cruel penalty/yellow card
decision that led to an Ospreys try.
But some tough Saracens defense held the game for them.
Also of interest: former USA prospect Hanno... Read More
USA U20 star and University of Oklahoma All American Taylor Mokate is off
to play rugby in New Zealand.
Mokate, who made his first senior national team appearance last year with
the USA 7s team, will be joining the Wellington Football Club, which won
the HS Morgan Memorial (Wellington RFU 2nd Division) final last season.
Wellington is also the old club of former All... Read More