Back to work for everyone playing overseas. Here’s a rundown of which USA players did what:
Chris Wyles and Samu Manoa started for Saracens and Northampton, respectively in the 18-12 Saracens victory Sunday.
It was the end of a two-game Saracens losing streak.
“The last two games have been difficult losses but we are still in a brilliant position,” Wyles told RUGBYMag.com. “We are 2nd in the league and [have] a home quarterfinal in the Heineken Cup.”
Wyles has signed a long-term extension with Saracens, and said “Personally I am extremely happy to have signed; it is an unbelievable set up and I love London.”
Also in the Aviva Premiership, Paul Emerick did not get on as a sub in Wasps’ 18-13 win over London Irish.
Saracens now sits 2nd in the Premiership, Northampton 4th, and Wasps 11th. The victory for Wasps put them eight points clear of last-place Newcastle.
In the RFU Championship, the league took a week off before the playoffs start.
In France, Scott LaValla came on as a sub for Stade Francais in their 25-9 loss to Brive. Taku Ngwenya was one of the few players not named Dimitri Yachvili to score points, scoring a try for Biarritz in his club’s 38-13 win over Bordeaux. Seta Tuilevuka did not play for Montpellier and Kevin Swiryn did not play for Agen.
Inaki Basauri started at lock for Perigueux in the French Pro D2. His team lost 24-20 to Carcassonne. The bonus point was another valuable point for Perigueux as they try to inch their way out of last. They are now tied with Beziers on points, but behind by five on points difference.
In the French Top 14, Montpellier is 5th, Agen 7th, Stade Francai 8th, and Biarritz 12th.
At Oxford University, Derek Asbun started at blindside flanker in Oxford’s 36-22 loss to the Penguins.
Will Magie is at Leeds University and has been working out with the Doncaster Knights. Tim Barford is playing with Loughborough University.