USA flanker Scott LaValla gets yet another start for Stade Francais this weekend, as he lines up at flanker for the Parisian club against Bayonne.
LaValla has settled in very well at Paris, where he recently signed a contract extension. For the former USA U20 captain, the adjustment to life in France has been an adjustment, but not a harsh one.
“[Learning] French, like everything else, is coming along I think,” said LaValla, who is being modest as he does speak it well – another key to him fitting in with the team. “For me it's a lot of fun to learn and speak.”
As for his rugby, LaValla demurred when asked what he is doing better. Certainly he has established himself as a flanker on both sides of the scrum for Paris.
“I wouldn't really have a great perspective on what is getting better, just more in terms of what I'm trying to improve, and what I work on each day,” he said.
LaValla will join the USA team after this weekend’s game, and said that while he didn’t see the USA Selects games at the ARC, he said he is proud of what that team did. Now the full Eagles team has to get better, too.
“I would like to see an increased mastery of our processes, game plan, and execution,” said the former Budd Bay (Olympia, Wash.) U19 player. “In my experience, the results come when we get the process right.”