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With the 6 Nations still in full swing it was a muted weekend among pro teams in Europe.

Americans were on opposite sides in the LV= Cup Semifinal, although all were subs, as Northampton (Samu Manoa) beat Saracens (Chris Wyles, Hayden Smith) 26-7 to set up the final against Exeter.

All three got on the field, and Manoa and Smith did get to bash against each other in the forwards.

But perhaps the piece of news that is most notable came from the the Greene King IPA Championship, the tier below the English Premiership.

Toby L'Estrange got his first start for London Welsh, at flyhalf, and John Quill saw his first time, as he subbed on at flanker at 60 minutes. London Welsh beat Mosely 42-18.

London Scottish beat Ealing but no US players were in that game this week.

IN the Rabo Direct 12, Carlin Isles and Folau Niua learned their club assignments. The Glasgow Warriors assign players to clubs in the Royla Bank of Scotland Premiership if they aren't needed for the Rabo Direct 1st side. Isles will play for Stirling County , right in the middle of Scotland on the River Forth. They next play March 22.

Folau Niua goes farther East and North to Aberdeen Grammar, and he was on the subs bench when Aberdeen Grammar lost to Currie 21-8.