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It’s European Cup time overseas, and it was a relatively quiet weekend for USA players, with one notable exception.

Saracens beat Connacht in Ireland 23-17 in a game where USA player Chris Wyles scored the opening try of the game, racing 40 meters to stick a knife in the hosts. It was a huge victory for Saracens.

Leicester lost to Ulster, with Blaine Scully not playing (as expected), and Northampton lost 19-13 at Castres, with Samu Manoa, oddly, on the bench.

In the Amlin Challenge Cup, Taku Ngwenya was a sub for Biarritz in their 33-10 loss to Sale.

Stade Francais won easily 61-3 over Lisitanos, and Scott LaValla was rested.

Wasps crushed Viadana, with Andrew Suniula not on the squad.

(Late signings rarely play in the opening round of the European Cup competitions because of the roster deadlines.)

Elsewhere overseas:
Nick Civetta started once again for Lazio in the Eccellenza in Italy. But Lazio lost 32-21 to Roma. Still, Civetta is getting major minutes at lock with the club.

Seta Tuilevuka did not play for Beziers as they lost, while in lower French divisions Roland Suniula continues to start for Vienne, and they won 25-20 over US Annecy.

In the UK, Eric Fry did not play for London Scottish as they beat London Welsh. Robbie Shaw came on as a sub at scrumhalf for Esher as they beat Blackheath 28-20.

In Japan, NTT Shining Arcs took the week off and played a scrimmage against Suntory. Todd Clever did not play.