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USA loose forward/lock Scott LaValla has signed a contract extension with Paris-based Stade Francais.

LaValla, a native of Washington state, captained the USA U19s and U20s, and is a former Rugby Magazine U19 Player of the Year. He joined Stade out of Dublin University, where, despite being an American, he was voted in as captain of the team.

Able to play No. 8, lock or flanker, LaValla has spent much of his time in Paris playing lock forward, but has seen a little time at No. 8. He has started twice for Stade Francais in Top 14 or European Cup play, and subbed on five times.

LaValla, 23, has been capped 11 times by the USA.

Signing an extension so early in a contract is rare in professional rugby, especially for an American. To sign a three-year extension is even rarer. Clubs rarely lock up a player for more than two years. For Paris to do so makes a strong statement about how Director of Rugby Michael Cheika feels about his new USA signing.

Here are highlights of his second start, a loss v. Agen. Stade is in pink. LaValla is No. 4, with the white headband.


Click here for a short audio interview with Scott LaValla and RUGBYMag.com Editor-in-Chief Alex Goff. Available for Premier Members.