Americans playing in the European club competitions overseas, the
Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup, have had a rough go of it this
season, for the most part.
Their teams are a combined 8-11-1, and only Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith's
Saracens and Scott Lavalla's Stade Francais boast winning records. Samu
Manoa's Northampton and Seta Tuilevuka's Montpellier are winless.... Read More
Head Coach Andy Farrell praised Chris Wyles’s work rate that led to the
wing and USA star to score a crucial try in Saturday’s Heineken Cup win
over the Ospreys at Wemlbey Stadium.
Wyles, who also scored in the opening two minutes, scored in the
46th minute to put his side up 28-16 in a match they won 31-26.
Wyles was involved in a ruck on the left side of the pitch,... Read More
Chris Biller made his first start for Bath Sunday, running on as the hooker
in their Heineken Cup match with Leinster.
It didn’t turn out to be Bath’s day, however, as Bath went down 18-13 to
the Irish team, dropping to 1-2.
Biller was heavily involved in the buildup to Bath’s only try. His
half-break and smart work in contact set the platform for Jack Cuthbert’s
try. That put... Read More
Wyles scored a key late try for Saracens to help spark his professional
club to a 31-26 European CUp victory over the Ospreys of Wales.
With the victory, Saracens moved to 2-1 and top of Pool 5 in the Heineken
Cup, while the Ospreys dropped to 1-1-1.
Biarritz and Takudzwa Ngwenya were upset by Treviso in Pool 5 and dropped
Playing before 41,000 at Wembley... Read More
Former Las Vegas star and capped Eagle Seta Tuilevuka is looking forward to
getting back on the field for Montpellier in the French Top 14 in a couple
center has been struggling to come back from a groin injury that has been –
as most groin injuries are – slow to heal.
“It’s been very frustrating,” Tuilevuka told RUGBYMag.com. “But now I’ve
been able to train... Read More
Eagles are entering the second leg of the Heineken Cup or Amlin Challenge
Cup this weekend.
The first one to kickoff is Kevin Swiryn, who’s starting at wing in Agen’s
Amlin match against Sale Thursday. Agen is 1-1 in pool play and needs a win
to stay in the hunt for a quarterfinal berth.
Many of the starting lineups or match day squads for the weekend haven’t
been... Read More
USA hooker Chris Biller played in his first Aviva Premiership game
Saturday, running on as a sub in Bath’s 16-13 loss to the Sale Sharks.
Biller is one of four USA players no playing the Premiership, along with
Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith of Saracens, and Samu Manoa of Northampton.
Wyles started at outside center for Saracens in their 15-11 win over London
Irish Sunday. Hayden... Read More
USA prop Shawn Pittman helped vault London Welsh into first place in the
RFU Championship – England’s second-tier professional league – as the club
won 25-24 over previous co-#1s Bedford Saturday.
It all may be very fleeting as Bristol, tied with Bedford for first before
this weekend, plays Mike MacDonald, Robbie Shaw, and Leeds on Sunday.
Still a win over one of the leading... Read More
The new HSBC Sevens World Series points system is already paying off.
Teams in previously meaningless games (Shield final) now are not only
playing for pride, but points. Teams that had bad first days can salvage
something with a victory on the second day.
In previous years, once you were put into the Bowl Round (the bottom eight)
the only way to get any points was to win all... Read More
The USA gets an astoundingly tough draw for the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s in
Port Elizabeth next weekend.
With Samoa having an uncharacteristically poor tournament (they were
dropped into the Bowl Round on points difference), they get seeded lower
and join Argentina, who they tied this weekend in Dubai, the USA, and Dubai
This Pool A is clearly the Pool of Death... Read More