Los Angeles - With the Rugby World Cup two months away, USA Rugby have released
former captain Todd Clever from their Pacific Nations Cup squad over
"multiple squad conduct violations."
A brief statement from USA Rugby on Sunday didn't elaborate on the
violations, although coach Mike Tolkin cited behavior "contrary to the
team culture that players and management have been fostering within the
Eagles over time".
"Clearly, this is not a pleasant or desirable circumstance for either party," Tolkin said in the terse press release.
Chris Wyles replaced Clever as captain before the USA's 21-16 loss to
Samoa in their opening match of the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday in
The Eagles play Japan on Friday in Sacramento, part of a
double-header in the California capital in the six-nation tournament
that also includes Fiji, Tonga and Canada.
Fiji and Samoa will also face off in Sacramento on Friday, while Canada host Tonga in Burnaby near Vancouver.
Clever has played with the Eagles for 13 seasons and in two World Cups.
The Eagles longest-serving captain - who took on the role after the
2007 World Cup - Clever has played for years in Japan, most recently
for the NTT Shining Arcs of the Top League.