Saturday, March 8, 2014

USA born winger Tommy Seymour scores first try in Six Nations

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Scotland´s USA produced winger Tommy Seymour scored an impressive first half try earlier today at Murrayfield. The Glasgow Warrior went over in the 22nd minute after breaking the tackle of French centre Maxime Mermoz to score a try which gave the home side the lead at Murrayfield. Scotland held the lead over France for the majority of the match but the visitors completed a late victory with a penalty two minutes from full time. 

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee in 1988 Tommy Seymour opted to play international rugby for the homeland of his mother, Sue. Having left the USA to live in Dubai where his father was posted for work Seymour subsequently moved to Northern Ireland to begin a professional career with Ulster. He played for the Belfast based professional team in 2010-2011 before moving to the Glasgow Warriors the following season. 

Shortly after his arrival at Ulster it was reported that he was likely to represent Scotland due to his mother. As such the USA was dealt a blow as it was denied access to one of its own players whom would instead be representing a team ranked notably higher in the IRB World Rankings and one which is an official Tier One union. 

Coincidentally, or not, wing is the one position in the backs in which the USA Eagles presently have no shortage of options. The loss of Seymour is yet to reveal any negative impact to the USA team. Indeed the USA Eagles presently have back-three players including Luke Hume, Taku Ngwenya, Blaine Scully and Chris Wyles all receiving regular game time in Europe. These players are expected to all featuring at next years Rugby World Cup in England and Wales. 

Before then the USA will host one Tier One nation. The test match is to take place in Houston this coming June and it will be against Scotland. Seymour could, therefore, have the unique opportunity of playing in front of a crowd of over 20,000 in his home country. His current involvement in the Scottish team is a combination of merit and injury. Indeed the try he scored today showcased his abilities but Scotland is missing Sean Maitland and Tim Visser to injury. 

Seymour´s try against France was his third in eight test matches for the northern European nation. He previously scored two tries at Murrayfield against Japan last November. With the other starting winger being 33 years of age Seymour would appear to have a realistic chance of not only touring North America, Argentina and South Africa in June but also playing in the World Cup. Scotland will play in Pool B which the USA is expected to qualify for later on this month. 

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