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It was a quiet weekend for USA players overseas as many were rested barely a week after returning from the Rugby World Cup.
Samu Manoa, who did not play in the World Cup, started at lock for Northampton and helped lead them to a 33-3 pastinf of Exeter. Manoa has been a revelation for the Saints.
On the sidelines included Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith for Saracens, Seta Tuilevuka for Montpellier, Kevin Swiryn for Agen, Taku Ngwenya for Biarritz and Scott LaValla for Stade Francais (all in the French Top 14). Same went for Inaki Basauri at Pergoux (French D2), Tim Usasz at Nottingham, Shawn Pittman at London Welsh, and Andrew Suniula for the Cornich Pirates (all English Championship).
Two USA players stepped onto the field in the Championship when Leeds defeated London Scottish 23-16. Mike MacDonald, fresh from an outstanding RWC was on the bench and came on at halftime. Robbie Shaw, who last played scrumhalf for the Eagles in 2008, played the whole match.
It's a young Leeds team and the veteran leadership of MacDonald and Shaw ill be crucial.