Written by Alex Goff    Sunday, 10 March 2013 17:44    PDF Print Write e-mail
Overseas Update: Wins Scarce
International - Americans Overseas


Wins were hard to come by for USA players overseas this weekend.

In England
Chris Wyles started at wing for Saracens in their 21-15 loss to Sale in the LV=Cup.

Northampton and Samu Manoa were idle

In The Championships, Eric Fry came in off the bench for London Scottish in their 26-3 loss to Leeds.

In lower divisions, Robbie Shaw and Richmond lost 17-15 to Macclesfield


In France
Scott LaValla started in the #7 jersey for Stade Francais as Paris defeated Mont-de-Marsan convincingly 42-14. Taku Ngwenya started at wing for Biarritz, who lost 50-15 to Toulon.

Those results saw Stade Francais and Biarritz switch places in the French Top 14, with Paris moving up to 9th and Biarritz down to 10th.

In Pro D2, Roland Suniula was on the bench for Auch as they lost 26-12 to Lyon. Inaki Basauri started at flanker for Tarbes as they lost 30-10 to Brive.

In Italy
Lou Stanfill was back at No. 8 for Vicenza, but they lost 30-16 to Valpolicella in Italy's Serie A.

University Teams
Derek Asbun is starting to garner a reputation at University of Cape Town. He is playing flanker and hooker, mostly flanker. One report spoke is him "proving to be a nuisance" to his opponents. He's a hard runner, also, and that's been noticed. UCT plays FNB UFS-Shimias on Monday. Asbun will start in the #6 jersey.

Nate Brakeley started at lock and scored a try for Cambridge University as the Light Blues beat the Spoon A-As 50-36. Jason Law hasn't been in the Oxford lineup of late, and Oxford lost this weekend to Dublin University (Trinity) 7-4 in what the DU Football Club tweeted was the "world's worst game of rugby."

Playing for Trinity are three USA players/prospects. Two former USA U20s, hooker Cameron Falcon and lock Pierce Dargan, have been seeing significant time, while Eagle prop Shawn Pittman has been coming in as a non-student player.

Will Magie's Leeds have finished their season, but the captain and flyhalf could well be on the field again for Leeds University as they ponder a charity match later this month.