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The international season is just about over for Americans overseas.
Most players are now back in the USA or will be there soon. Taku Ngwenya is off to play for the Barbarians. Scott LaValla’s season ended in the Amlin Challenge Cup final, as he started at lock for Stade Francais in their loss 34-13 to Leinster.
Still it was a solid season for both Ngwenya at Biarritz and LaValla at Paris.
Still with some work to do is Samu Manoa, who will suit up for Northampton Saints this weekend in the Aviva Premiership final. He will then fly out to Hong Kong with Ngwenya to play for the Barbarians a week later.
Manoa has been the source of significant press coverage in England of late, mainly due to his being snubbed as a candidate for Premiership Player of the Year. Manoa was not even nominated, leaving many writers shaking their heads at how he could have been left out.
The Guardian just named Manoa Club Player of the Season. David Flatman at The Independent wrote a smart and well-reasoned article why Manoa was the best in the league this year, saying, basically, no forward is as versatile as he is, as punishing physically, and can do that every week, for 80 minutes.