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"We have great athletes and we need to turn them into good rugby players," said Clever. "It is a shame that we don't have more guys playing overseas. We have guys wanting to go, wanting to improve their rugby and wanting to give back to the sport - guys that are not interested in the six-figure contracts, but want to play at the highest level and test themselves against the world's best. It's becoming harder and harder for US players to land those deals."

So what Clever is trying to do is to get teams in Europe to give honorary European status to American players the way they give it to players from Tonga, South Africa, Samoa and Fiji. Or, at least to have a second look at the various limits on non-local players held in various European rugby countries.

Currently American players are generally competing against Australians and New Zealanders for those limited foreigner places. Often the American might lose out - either on playing ability, or sometimes because the Australian or New Zealander is just more well-known.

It will be a tough road for anyone to travel to get the IRB or various pro leagues in Europe to change their tune. But Clever, perhaps the most recognizable American player, is going to try.