USA hooker Chris Biller played in his first Aviva Premiership game Saturday, running on as a sub in Bath’s 16-13 loss to the Sale Sharks.
Biller is one of four USA players no playing the Premiership, along with Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith of Saracens, and Samu Manoa of Northampton.
Wyles started at outside center for Saracens in their 15-11 win over London Irish Sunday. Hayden Smith was not used.
Manoa was on the bench for Northampton as they lost 30-25 to Leicester.
In the RFU Championship (England’s second-tier pro competition), Shawn Pittman started at prop as London Welsh edged Bedford 25-24.
Mike MacDonald started at prop for Leeds and Robbie Shaw came off the bench as Leeds lost 33-19 to Bristol, Shaw’s old club.
Cornish Pirates crushed London Scottish 42-10, but Andrew Suniula was not used.
(Note, last week Nottingham confirmed that Tim Usasz will not return to the club.)
In France, Stade Francais won 29-3 over Racing Metro. Scott LaValla did not play. Agen beat Bayonne 37-18, but Kevin Swiryn did not play. Montpellier beat Biarritz 30-23. Taku Ngwenya started at wing for Biarritz and scored a try.
The try was a brilliant display of team rugby, starting in the Biarritz 22 and running up the left tramline and involving eight passes. The last was from No. 8 Imanol Harinordoquy to Ngwenya, coming in from the opposite side of the field to run in support.
We have not seen Seta Tuilevuka in the Montpellier lineup most of the fall.
Highlights from that game, including Ngwenya's score in the 17th minute.
In France’s Pro D2, Inaki Basauri started at lock for Perigueux, who lost 26-14 to Pau.
In Japan, Suntory defeated Honda 45-14. Todd Clever did not play.
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