Friday, June 3, 2011

Scott LaValla signs for Stade Français - USA Secondrower off to Paris


The growth of rugby in the United States took another leap forward with the news that USA international secondrower, Scott LaValla has landed a contract to play in the French Top 14 for none other than Stade Français next season. His contract will see him move from the Irish captial of Dublin as he has been playing for the Dublin University Football Club (DUFC) and was elected Club Captain for the 2010-2011 season in which he led the side to a 31-22 win over UCD in the annual Dublin Universities Colours match. The previous season, LaValla was also selected to play for the Ulster Ravens. LaValla also captained DUFC to glory in the 2010-2011 All Ireland Sevens Cup.

Born July 4, 1988 in Olympia, Washington LaValla is a player for the future of USA rugby and the announcement of his move to Stade Français underlines the increasing depth of the country. He will in contention for a spot at Rugby World Cup 2011 with tough opposition coming in the secondrow from Saracens´ Hayden Smith, Bath´ John van der Giessen and Samu Manoa who is to join Northampton after New Zealand 2011. LaValla and van der Giessen are to play in tommorrow´s Churchill Cup match vs the England Saxons while Smith and Manoa have both been left out of the Churchill Cup series but will return for the USA´s pre-World Cup matches in August vs Canada.

LaValla is highly likely to be included in the USA Eagles squad for Rugby World Cup 2011. He made his first appearance in USA colors vs Canada for the USA under 20 side in 2008. Since then he has played two internationals for the senior side - both victories. His debut was in Denver, Colorado vs Russia in the 2010 Churchill Cup and his other appearance came in the november 2010 tour of Europe as he played in the win over Portugal in Lisbon.

LaValla´s contract with Stade Français is age related as he is to enter the under 23 academy. In an interview with EaglesXV.com, LaValla said: “There is an under 23s academy league in France, and I'm lucky to still be young enough that Stade Francais are willing to give me an opportunity to prove myself. Although it is a developmental contract, I will still be training with the full squad, and have opportunities to play for the first team, with the hopes of parlaying this developmental contract into something more. After the Churchill (Cup), I will head over to Paris to begin preseason training on June 27th.”

With Thanks: www.eaglesxv.com

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