Friday, November 18, 2011
Todd Clever's first Super Rugby Try
USA Eagles captain, Todd Clever was a stand-out performer for the United States at Rugby World Cup 2007 where he underlined his all-round abilities as an attacker and defender. His heavy workload saw him earn plenty of fans as he took it to world-famous players from the likes of Ireland and Italy. Rugby fans on social media sources have been suprized to learn that he plays his rugby in Japan rather than a big name team from a stronger rugby nation. The USA Eagles open side flanker joined Japanese side, Suntory Sungoliath in 2010 after two years playing in South Africa for Super Rugby side, the Lions. He also previously played for North Harbour in what is now known as the ITM Cup. While in South Africa, Clever grew as a player and scored some fabulous tries. His first ever was vs New Zealand side, the Hurricanes and can be seen in the video below.
In addition to having plenty of top flight experience as a professional player, Clever has already played in three Rugby World Cup's since making his test debut in 2003 against Argentina when he was aged just 20. He subsequently played rugby in New Zealand but shot to fame at Rugby World Cup 2007 when he intercepted a South African pass and ran 20 metres before off-loading and the result was the try of the World Cup as Taku Ngwenya famously left Bryan Habana for dead. Following France 2007, Clever took over the captaincy of the USA Eagles and has gone on to be an even better player in addition to being a poster-boy for big name brands involved in USA rugby.