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(This article originally stated Wyles wasn't selected for dutywith Saracens. That was incorrect, as he was named Friay to Saracens' Sunday roster.)

While the United States has four uncapped players in its match-day roster for Saturday's full rankings test against Romania, which sits two spots ahead of the Eagles, several capped players are left with a weekend off. Saracens' Chris Wyles, Hayden Smith and Thretton Palamo are the only American Aviva Premiership players set for duty this weekend. Wyles is starting at inside center in a challenge match with Western Province Sunday, and Palamo is slated to start at inside center in the Sarries' Saturday Anglo-Welsh Cup match. Smith is on the bench for the Sunday game, and is in the starting lineup at lock for the Anglo-Welsh Cup match.

Cam Dolan and Titi Lamositele are injured, but wouldn't be available for the United States anyway, due to the deal struck between USA Rugby and the Premiership, which saw six Eagles be released for the 68-point All Blacks loss in exchange for their unavailability for the rest of November. This weekend, Eric Fry was not selected to play for Newcastle and Samu Manoa was not selected for Northampton.

Blaine Scully was not selected for Leicester, either. In fact, he was told he wouldn't be, and he spent the week resting and training at his alma mater, Cal. Leicester not only isn't playing Scully in his mandated first week away from the National Team, the Tigers are alright with him spending the time off on another continent, while the Eagles are playing the Oaks back in Europe.

The upshot of the deal done between the Premiership and USA Rugby won't be entirely measurable until the end of the November tour. But having so many Eagles not even be utilized by their clubs in a week they're not allowed to be with the National Team, where they'd like to be, is an indictment on the negotiation by USA Rugby's top level.


Wyles is starting at #12 for Saracens on Sunday against Western Province. Smith is on the bench. Back to back for Smith. Reminds me of the old days of club rugby when you might wind up hitting the pitch for an A & C game on Saturday and a mixed side on Sunday. The other Premiership teams are in L-V Cup action, resting their normal starters (except home country internationals) in favor of playing younger guys. BTW, I'd prefer to see Wyles at 12 or 13 for the USA.