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It was a good weekend for USA players overseas.
Chris Wyles was starting fullback for Saracens as the Aviva Premiership club beat Worcester 47-17 to secure a home playoff game. Samua Manoa was all over the place as the No. 8 for Northampton Saints as they beat London Welsh 31-14 to stay in the top four. With two games to go the Saints are five points clear of 5th-place Gloucester.
In France, Taku Ngwenya, who had a truly brilliant game for Biarritz a week ago in the Amlin Challenge Cup, did his best but saw his club lose 33-28 to Perpignan. Still, Ngwenya's game has taken a step forward of late, as he is becoming a better distributor of the ball. His passing, and the timing of his passing, mean he is more than just a finisher, and his coming in off the wing to attack up the middle is a big weapon for his club.
Scott LaValla started at flanker for Stade Francais as they beat Agen 23-20.
Biarritz holds steady at 8th in the French Top 14, while Stade Francais (aka Paris) move up one spot to 9th.
In the French Pro D2, Inaki Basauri started at flanker for Tarbes as they beat Dax 44-12 to improve to 15-11-1 and 7th in the 2nd-tier French league. Roland Suniula, battling injuries still, did not play for Auch.
See video of Tarbes v. Dax by clicking here. Basauri is #7 in white.
In Ireland, Cameron Falcon and Pierce Dargan helped Trinity (Dublin University) defeat Bruff 52-7 to stay in the hunt for the #2 spot in their league. They also helped the U21s in their All Ireland final, a 26-27 loss to Lansdowne.
Conor Keans has also been playing at Trinity.