Monday, September 20, 2010

Paul Emerick fitting in well at Ulster

USA Eagles Centre / Wing Paul Emerick is fitting in well for his new club having traded the Italian Super 10 for the Magners League. With the expansion of the Magners League to include two new teams  - both from Italy Emerick took the opportunity presented to him to move to Northern Ireland to link up with Ulster. It is Emerick´s third different country in which he has played professionally and his fifth different club overall. Emerick joined Overmach Parma in 2008 having previously played two seasons in Wales for the Newport Gwent Dragons. His first taste of professional rugby, however, was in Italy in 2004-2005 playing for Amatori Catania for one season and then the following at Overmach Parma. He made his mark in his homeland playing for the Northern Iowa Panthers and the Chicago Lions. He started at 14 (right wing) in Ulster´s win over Edinburgh on the weekend.

Emerick has been to two Rugby World Cup´s and is a certainty to go to a third in 2011. He made his test debut vs Spain in 2003 and has played 37 tests. He will be in the starting lineup either playing in the 13 or 11 shirt. His natural position is 13 but has the speed and skills to switch to the wing as he did in his most recent test - vs Russia in the 2010 Churchill Cup. At full strength, the USA are likely to field a back three of 11 Kevin Swiryn (Agen), 15 Chris Wyles (Saracens) and 14 Zee Ngwyena (Biarritz) with Emerick returning to his natural position of 13. This was the combination used vs Uruguay in November 2009 when the United States qualified for Rugby World Cup 2011.

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