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The Eagles coach stayed in the UK after his team's 28-7 defeat of Russia to
meet with various coaches in the Aviva Premiership. Tolkin met with coaches
at Saracens, Leicester, Northampton, and Wasps, where USA players are all
signed. The purpose of the meeting was three-fold:
1. To establish a face-to-face relationship between Tolkin (and by extension the Eagles) and those clubs, who all are happy to have USA players on their rosters;
2. To apprise those clubs of the USA's upcoming schedule, which will include World Cup Qualifiers against Uruguay March 22 and March 29;
3. And to open doors for future places for USA players.
With the likes of Chris Wyles, Samu Manoa, Blaine Scully, and Andrew Suniula all impressing their clubs, and with Titi Lamositele now free to sign with Saracens having garnered a starting cap, USA player stock is relatively high.
Tolkin secured informal agreements for US players to go over to the UK to train with some of these clubs, if only for a short trial.
But the key initial benefit of the meetings is that there are not anticipated to be any issues in getting players available for the World Cup Qualifiers in March.
Notes: Contrary to what has been reported, Cam Dolan is not necessarily signing with Northampton. Dolan has drawn the interest of several pro clubs overseas, but has not committed to any club at the moment.