It wasn't the best of weeks for USA players overseas, but there were some bright spots.
Scott LaValla helped lead his Stade Francais side to an impressive 31-3 defeat of I Cavalieri Prato. The USA flanker started in the #6 jersey and helped Paris to a 4-1 record in Pool 5 of the Amlin Challenge Cup, just ahead of London Irish. Stade will face Lusitanos next week with a spot in the Amlin playoffs on the line.
Also in the Challenge Cup, Taku Ngwenya and the struggling Biarritz lost 28-24 to Oyonnax. Andrew Suniula ran on for Wasps as a sub in their 26-13 defeat of Bayonne. Biarritz sell to 2nd in Pool 1 behind Sale, while Wasps is now 5-0 and has clinched 1st in Pool 4.
In the top-tier Heineken Cup, Saracens and Chris Wyles were beaten 21-11 by Toulouse in front of 18,800. Saracens drops to 3-2 behind Toulouse.
Samu Manoa started at No. 8 for Northampton as they beat the Ospreys 29-17. Northampon is 3-2 and in second place in Pool 1.
Saracens plays Connacht and the Saints play Castres, with a win required for them to even think about playoffs.
In better shape is 4-1 Leicester, who beat Benetton Treviso 34-19. USA wing Blaine Scully did not play.
Elsewhere overseas, Todd Clever was a sub for NTT Communications as the Shining Arcs beat Coca Cola 27-21.
In the British & Irish Cup, London Scottish beat Edinburgh Academicals 32-6. Eric Fry, who escaped a suspension for a suspected face-raking earlier in the week, was not used. However, new signing and USA scrumhalf Robbie Shaw did play, and started, He played well and got to give his first interview, which you can hear by clicking here.
In the French Pro D2 Seta Tuilevuka started for Beziers in their loss to Tarbes.