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While the major pro players are with the USA national team, other Americans are still active overseas.

In the college ranks, Tom Bliss and Loughborough lost to Coventry this past weekend, while Conor Kearns (outside center) and Pierce Dargan (flanker) were with Trinity in a close loss. Angus MacLellan and Colton Cariaga are also with Trinity.

Roland Suniula started for Vienne in France in their 18-14 loss to US Romans Peage. Seta Tuilevuka was on the bench for Beziers in their 11-11 tie with Mont-de-Marsan.

In Italy, the Eccellenza is taking a few breaks due to international games for Italy, but Nick Civetta has been starting regularly at lock for Lazio. They lost their last game to Rovigo.

Big news in England, though, as former USA U20 captain Will Magie got his first on-field time for Ealing in the Rugby Championship.

Magie has been with the club all season but has not been used. The young flyhalf got on the field this past weekend against London Welsh for ten minutes.

“When Billy (Robinson) came over and said ‘are you ready to go on?’ I became really nervous all of a sudden, but once I got across the line all the nerves went away and it was just another game of rugby,” Magie said on the club's website. “It was really fun and I really enjoyed it. It was a shame about the result, but personally it was a good occasion for me. It was a special day all round; travelling there and my parents and friends were in the crowd.”

The Trailfinders, who have struggled in the Championship, slipped to 0-8 with the 28-0 loss.

“You want play against the best players and test yourself against the best and they are the best team in the league at the moment,” he said. “I thought we did ok against them, though there were areas where we can improve, but we’ve got to take that into next week and the week after and that should be the standard we set and then we build from there.

“I just tried to get involved; it is always hard coming off the bench, but I just tried to get hold of the ball and make a few tackles, make a few passes. I thought I did OK."

Magie, who captained Leeds University and qualifies for the USA through parentage, hopes to get more opportunities going forward.