Chris Wyles' 74th-minute try clinched Saracens' 32-27 win over Leicester Saturday, a match which saw the visitors score 4 second-half touchdowns.
With European interationals away for Six Nations games, scores of reserve players were thrust into Premiership lineups. The contest between 2d- and 3d-place teams produced one of the bigger comebacks in English history.
But Wyles and Northampton's Samu Manoa were the only Eagles in action. The scant total underlines that USARFU's 'player export' approach to improving the national team is stillborn.
The plan neither accounts for every other aspiring country having the same approach, nor addresses the twin problem of American players being low profile and yet counting against overseas player quotas. Moreover, when it comes to the inevitable club-country conflict, Boulder has often fared second-best: Manoa, like Biarritz wing Taku Ngwenya, has tended to side with his employer.
Last fall, Wyles became only the third Eagle player to reach 100 English games, joining forwards Dan Lyle and Mike MacDonald, according to This is American Rugby. Wyles, of English parentage, learned the sport after moving to greater London, however, and so can hardly be considered a product of American development.
Notwithstanding, the 29-year-old has played more games at fullback, 27, than any other American international and quietly moved to 7th on the all-time scoring list, with 9 tries and 101 points. It is not too much to say he merits mention among Mark Williams, Gary Hein, Vaea Anitoni, Kevin Dalzell, Phil Eloff, and Paul Emerick, the best of the Eagle backs.