Written by Alex Goff
Monday, 15 October 2012 18:02
Overseas Update: Europe Starts
Here's a report on what USA players overseas are up to:
Chris Wyles was on the bench for Saracens as they crushed Edinburgh 45-0.
We don't talk about him much because he is considered in the Wales pipeline now, but former USA Selects player Hanno Dirksen scored two tries for the Ospreys in their 38-17 victory over Benetton Treviso.
Dirksen played for the USA Selects, but not against a team considered an official 'A' side, and therefore wasn't locked in to the Eagles at that time. He has been in Wales for several years and is apparently working toward playing for Wales.
Takudzwa Ngwenya started at wing for Biarritz, who lost 40-13 to Harlequins
Samua Manoa started at lock for Northampton in their 24-15 defeat of Glasgow.
Amlin Challenge Cup
Scott LaValla was not used as Stade Francais won easily over London Welsh.
Paul Emerick did not play for Wasps against the Newport Gwent Dragons, which was a shame because Emerick used to play for the Dragons, and in fact also played against them for Overmach Parma. Wasps won 38-25.
Japan Top League
Todd Clever helped NTT defeat Canon Sunday, moving the team to 6th in the 14-team league.
Anthony Estrella is with Panasonic, but did not play this past weekend.
Roland Suniula was not on the field for Auch as they beat Seta Tuilevuka and Beziers 40-21.
Inaki Basauri started at flanker for Tarbes in their 28-22 loss to Albi.
Both of those games were in the French Pro D2.
Lou Stanfill started at NO. 8 and scored his first try for the Vicenza Rangers in Italy's Serie QA. Vicenza won 17-9 over Gruppo Padana Paese
In lower divisions in England, Richmond beat Cambridge 30-10. The game was noteworthy in part because Robbie Shaw, last capped in 2009, started and played the entire game at scrumhalf. Shaw had a solid game in wet, muddy conditions.
Nate Brakeley got a run-out for Cambridge University against the Northampton Saints A side last week. Brakely started at lock and Cambridge lost 49-13. This follows up on Brakeley's debut, when he scored against Cambridge RFC.
Will Magie is playing with Leeds University, while Pierce Dargan is playing with Trinity.
Reports are that Shawn Pittman is playing in Ireland. Will have more later.