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Todd Clever has ended his time with Suntory in Japan on a positive note, coming on as a sub Saturday as part of his club’s 47-28 victory over Panasonic in the Japan Top League final.
This comes on the heels of his team’s All-Japan title last spring. Clever is now expected to announce soon a fairly lucrative signing with a new club, possibly still in Japan.
It was a relatively quiet week elsewhere for overseas USA players. The French Top 14 was idle due to the Six Nations. However, the Pro D2 in France did play. Inaki Basauri was a sub for Perigueux as they beat Albi 33-27. The victory boosted Periguex out of last place for the moment.
Basauri, who has normally been a flanker for the USA but has been playing lock recently for Periueux, said the club is relieved to get a win.
“We have been playing well,” Basauri told RUGBYMag.com. We are two wins away from Narbonne; could have been three but they won [this weekend] too. So hopefully we can win a couple more and stay up. I have been getting on well at lock and doing well. It’s a position I have played before so it’s not to foreign to me.”
In the UK, it wasn’t a day of victories for many players. Paul Emerick got on for Wasps in their 46-34 loss to Sale. Emerick intercepted a pass just as he took the field, but the support wasn’t there and Wasps couldn’t capitalize.
Chris Wyles started at wing for Saracens as they went down 16-11 to Worcester.
One team did get a win, as the Northampton Saints beat London Irish 30-23. Samu Manoa started at blindside flanker for the Saints.
In the RFU Championship, England’s 2nd division, the Cornish Pirates beat Mosely, but Andrew Suniula did not play. Leeds beat London Welshy 39-29. Shawn Pittman started for Welsh, while Robbie Shaw, who is still fighting to be 100%, came on as a sub at scrumhalf for Leeds. Mike MacDonald is still coming back from injury.