USA Eagles Backrower and captain, Todd Clever, will be playing the 2010-2011 season for the Suntory Sungoliath in the Japanese Top League where he will be the only American player. Clever joined the team in June 2010 after playing two seasons of Super 14 Rugby for Johannesburg's team, the Lions. Clever was the first ever American to play Super 14 rugby. He also played one season of Currie Cup rugby for the Lions. He was signed to play for the Lions after impressing at France 2007 where he was the USA's standout forward. His first professional contract, however, was in 2006 playing in the New Zealand Cup alongside All Blacks legend, Jonah Lomu for North Harbour.
Clever made his test debut at the age of 20 vs Argentina in 2003 and has played a total of 31 tests for the USA Eagles, including all four at France 2007. His most recent appearance was in the Rugby World Cup Qualifier vs Uruguay in November 2009. He missed the 2010 Churchill Cup because of injury. Clever is an outstanding player, considered to be the best North American forward and will have a lot to do with how the United States do at New Zealand 2011.