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Andrew Durutalo's signing with the new Japanese Super Rugby franchise, the Sunwolves, has been made official. The Sunwolves' coaching staff and squad was announced Monday. The majority of the team is made up of former Japan Top League and National Team players, and the Fijian-American is among just a handful of foreigners on the roster.
Japanese is one of the multiple languages in which Durutalo is fluent, as he attended college in Tokyo. The former 7s stalwart turned heads during an impressive stream of months with the Eagles this year, routinely turning over ball in the breakdown and making the hard yards as a ballcarrier. He came back from a three-year hiatus from 15s to earn the openside position for the Rugby World Cup.
Durutalo is the lone Eagle in the Super Rugby competition, following in the footsteps of Todd Clever and James Paterson, both of whom represented the United States National Team and played stints in what is considered the top professional league in the world.