Written by Alex Goff
Saturday, 01 September 2012 14:06
Americans Overseas: Sept 1
Here’s a roundup of what Americans playing at a high level overseas have been up to:
French Top 14
Scott LaValla started at flanker for Stade Francais as they lost 26-12 to Grenoble.
Taku Ngwenya started at right wing for Biarritz as they edged Toulouse 22-17 in a clash of the top two teams in the league.
Aviva Premiership, England
Saracens thumped London Irish 40-3 at Twickenham in this season’s opener. Chris Wyles started at left wing and set up a try.
Northampton defeated Gloucester 24-19 in their opener. Samu Manoa was outstanding at lock for Northampton.
Wasps lost a thriller 42-40 to Harlequins in their opener. As expected, new signee Paul Emerick did not play.
ITM Cup, New Zealand
Eric Fry will start again for the Manawatu Turbos Sunday against Auckland in New Zealand’s provincial championship. Fry started for the Turbos when they lost their opener last week, but he was a standout at loosehead prop.
Fry got some compliments from coach Jason O’Halloran, who said he was “very busy, had a lot of rucks, held a lot of tackles.”
Japan Top League
Todd Clever came on as a sub at No. 8 for NTT as the Shining Arcs lost 26-16 to Toshiba.
French Pro D2
Seta Tuilevuka started at outside center for Beziers as they lost 63-15 to Lyon.
Roland Suniula started at inside center for Auch in their 30-16 defeat of Massey.
Inaki Basauri is with Tarbes. They beat Pau 24-14 but Basauri did not play.
Italy Serie A
Lou Stanfill is with Vicenza Rangers, but their season will not start for some weeks.
Mate Moeakiola and USON (Nevers) defeated Macon in preseason match 31-13.
Shawn Pittman is expected to announce a signing soon in the French Federale 1
Derek Asbun is playing hooker for Rosslyn Park in England's National Division 1. He scored a try last week and this week helped the club to a 20-14 defeat of Sedgley Park.
College – these players’ seasons have not begun.
Will Magie Leeds University
Nate Brakeley, Cambridge University
Jason Law, Oxford University