Monday, December 17, 2012

Tommy Seymour extends stay at Glasgow Warriors

USA winger Tommy Seymour has signed a new contract with Scottish side the Glasgow Warriors that will see him remain at the club until 2015. Seymour has become a regular starter for the Glasgow Warriors in place of the retired Puma Federico Martín Aramburu. It has seen a new all-Americas combination on the wing with Canada´s DTH van der Merwe being joined by Seymour. The same combination is likely to start this coming weekend against Edinburgh in the all-Scotland Rabo Direct Pro 12 clash.  

The new contract confirms the loss of Seymour to USA Rugby. Formerly of Ulster, Seymour is a player that will never player for his home country, the United States of America. Instead the 24 year old from Nashville, Tennessee will play international rugby for Scotland. It is hard for a Tier Two union to lose players to Tier One unions and it comes not long after former USA age grade representative, Hanno Dirksen turned down an offer to play for the USA. He was wanted by the USA for Rugby World Cup 2011 possibly to play flyhalf. Instead the South African born player who spent his teen years in the USA will likely be turning out for Wales at Rugby World Cup 2015. Dirksen has been a strong performer for the Ospreys and is virtually assured of playing for Wales when he is elligible. 

Unlike Dirksen, Seymour does not have to wait before he can play test rugby for his adopted Celtic nation. Seymour qualifies by virtue of family as his mother was born in Scotland. With Scotland currently in the process of encouraging the nationalization of players there is a very real chance that the test back-three could become entirely non-Scottish. Former Crusaders back Scott Maitland recently moved to play rugby in Scotland, and like Seymour, is elligible to play for Scotland already. While Holland´s Tim Visser became elligible earlier in 2012 and made his debut against Fiji in June. A back three of 11 Visser, 15 Maitland, 14 Seymour could take the field as early as the Six Nations given Scotland´s problems in midfield. Sean Lamont could well return to inside centre and Stu Hogg could make the move from fullback to outside centre. 

1 comment:

  1. Tommy Seymour wasn't an investment of the US system I don't think, so I don't know how strong his links to the USA are other than being born there.

    Losing Dirksen is more annoying for the USA as they funded his development and then was poached by Scott Johnson as he left his post of USA coach.

    However wing certainly isn't a problem for the USA anyway though, Luke Hume is better than Seymour in my opinion and was a revelation this year and Ngwenya is too also probably, plus there is Paterson even though he has ended his pro career. And by all accounts the USA have no trouble finding speedy wingers, that winger from their victorious U20 team looked useful and the USA' biggest prospect Madison Hughes is also a back three player, Hughes will almost certainly debut for the USA next year, he was player of the tournament in the JWRT. So the USA has quite a bit of depth in this position.

    Dirksen would have been more likely used as a 12/10 for the USA where the is less depth.

    I think it is silly that playing for Wales U20 stops Shingler playing for Scotland, yet playing for the actual USA team against Munster doesn't lock Dirksen to the States.

    Anyway, there are two major weak areas holding the USA back. Both the scrummaging and the goal kicking are simply awful.

    Pretty much every goal kicker the USA have had these last 4 years has been awful, and Wyles certainly isn't of the required quality. Which means Madison Hughes debut for the USA will likely be accelerated as he is a goal kicking full back who equalled the JWRT trophy points scoring record this year. The scrummaging problems though, despite Fry improving and now being with London Scottish will likely remain a problem for the forseeable future.

    I think in 2013 we could see the USA lineup with a backline of 11 Hume, 12 Suniula/Emerick, 13 Wyles, 14 Ngwenya, 15 Hughes. On paper that it is a very solid backline, even if it lacks the flair of Canada's.