It was a predictably wet and muddy weekend overseas in pro rugby, and a quiet time had by most Americans.
Only four USA players started in major pro rugby, with mixed results.
Samu Manoa was No. 8 for Northampton and was right in the middle of everything once again as he helped the Saints win 23-9 over Harlequins. He was the only USA player to start in the Premiership this weekend, as Cam Dolan (Northampton), Titi Lamositele and Hayden Smith (Saracens) were not used. Blaine Scully was not in the lineup for Leicester as they tied Bath 27-27.
Andrew Suniula was on the bench for Wasps but not used in their last-second win over Exeter (19-16), and Chris Wyles came on as a sub in the backs for Saracens in their 29-8 victory over Gloucester.
As a result of those matches, the USA-laden Saracens club leads the Premiership with a record of 11-1. Northampton is second with a 10-1-1 record. Leicester is 5th and Wasps 6th.
So Premiership teams with USA players on their roster are 33-12-3 and the rest of the league is 37-58-1.
In Japan, Todd Clever started at No. 8 for NTT Communications, but they dropped a 34-21 decision to Toyota in the Japan Top League Group B.
In France, it was a rare USA v. USA game as Biarritz and Taku Ngwenya faced Stade Francais and Scott LaValla. In a muddy game that didn’t lend itself to anything but the most basic brand of rugby, Biarritz did a good job of controlling the game with their forwards. But Paris ended up winning 18-6 Ngwenya had little to do on the wing, while flanker LaValla was very solid in defense for Stade.
Also this weekend, Seta Tuilevuka started for Beziers as they lost 30-24 to Aurillac. Inaki Basauri did not play for Tarbes.
In the Championship in England, Eric Fry started for London Scottish as they lost a midweek game 21-13 to Bedford. Robbie Shaw has still not reported to London Scottish, with whom he is signed, as his previous club, Esher, needed him for another league game The scrumhalf started for Easher in a 24-20 win over Blaydon.
Ealing beat Nottingham 28-27 in a bit of a shocker result. Former USA U20 captain Will Magi was not in the lineup. USA-eligible Ronnie McLean was, at center and had a huge game, scoring two, setting up another, and also preventing a try with a tackle. The Trailfinders are still last in the league, but not as last as they were a week ago.
In All Ireland League, John Quill started at flanker for Dolphin and scored a try, but it wasn’t enough as Dolphin lost 22-10 to Old Belvedere.
In the Italian Eccellenza, Lazio lost 27-15 to Cavalieri Prato. Nick Civetta was once again starter at lock for Lazio.