Monday, January 14, 2013

USA lose winger Tommy Seymour to Scotland

Tommy Seymour
When USA winger Tommy Seymour signed a new contract with the Glasgow Warriors last month it was clear that he would soon be a member of the Scottish test team. His loss to the USA Eagles was already clear as he had been in Scotland´s squad for the November Internationals in 2012. While he did not get any game time his choice of selecting to play for his mothers home country rather than his own is a loss for the USA. Aged 24, Seymour qualifies for Scotland not through residency but due to family. The IRB allows players to qualify fofr a country other than their nation of birth should he or she have lived there for three years or have either parents or grandparents from there. 

While the USA may feel frustrated with the loss of Seymour it is arguably not as hard of a pill to swallow as that of Hanno Dirksen. The 21 year old played age grade rugby for the USA representing the country at under 17 and under 18 levels. he also played for the Senior mens team in a non-international match against Irish Province Munster. He was asked to play at Rubgy World Cup 2011 but turned down the offer, instead prefeing to try to play for Wales. Unlike Seymour, Dirksen was not born in the USA but the South African born player was raised there having attended highschool in his family´s adopted country. Dirksen´s brother plays for the USA but Hanno will need to wait until he becomes elligible and is being tipped as likely to play for Wales at Rugby World Cup 2015. Curiously the man who convinced Dirksen to concentrate on Wales is his former Ospreys coach, Scott Johnson. The Australian is now Scotland´s coach and has selected Seymour. 

Johnson has also inherited a team featured Holland´s Tim Visser who is arguably Scotland´s best winger. He looms as Scotland´s long term answer to the number 11 shirt and the Dutchman could well be joined not only by an American but also by a New Zealander. Joining Seymour is the uncapped Sean Maitland who arrived in Scotland in October. Visser earned the right to play for Scotland after having played for Edinburgh for three years. He made his debut against Fiji in June 2012. Maitland, on the other hand qualifies through his grandparents. Since arriving in Scotland from New Zealand Super Rugby franchise the Crusaders Maitland has played two matches for the Glasgow Warriors in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 and three in the Heineken Cup. He nonetheless is straight into the Scottish squad and stands a good chance of making the starting lineup either on the wing or at fullback. A back-three of 11 Visser, 15 Maitland, 14 Seymour looms as a real possibility. Given Scotland´s lack of quality centres Sean Lamont could move back to inside centre and Stu Hogg could move from fullback to outside centre. 

Scotland Squad
Loosehead Prop
Alasdair Dickinson (Sale Sharks, England)
Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors)

Tighthead Props
Geoff Cross (Edinburgh)
Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors)
Euan Murray (Worcester Warriors, England)

Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors)
Ross Ford (Edinburgh)
Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors)

Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh)
Richie Gray (Sale Sharks, England)
Jim Hamilton (Gloucester, England)
Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors)

Kelly Brown (Saracens, England)
Chris Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors)
Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors)
Johnnie Beattie (Montpellier, France)
Dave Denton (Edinburgh)
Richie Vernon (Sale Sharks, England)
Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors)

Sean Kennedy (Glasgow Warriors)
Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors) 

Tom Heathcote (Bath, England) 
Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors)
Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh)
Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors)

Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors)
Max Evans (Castres, France) 
Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors)
Matt Scott (Edinburgh)


Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors)
Sean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors)
Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors)
Tim Visser (Edinburgh)

Full Back
Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors)
Peter Murchie (Glasgow Warriors)

1 comment:

  1. Would have been nice for USA to have had as many options as possible, but he is no big loss for USA rugby as they have a load of useful wingers or full backs.

    Dirksen is a bigger loss as he can play 10/12, and also he was given grants to play in the UK by the USA rugby.

    Luke Hume was a revelation last year, great step, and also has a brilliant all round game in defence and off ball work too. Then there is Ngwenya on the other wing, plus of course the most exciting prospect in US rugby right now Madison Hughes.