Cape Town - The United States of America
have released veteran loose forward Todd Clever from their Pacific Nations Cup
squad after the player broke team protocol.
A statement on USA Rugby’s official website
reads: “Effective immediately, Todd Clever has been released from the Eagles’
Pacific Nations Cup squad due to multiple squad conduct violations.”
Head coach Mike Tolkin commented: “Such behaviour
is 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.”
Thirty-two-year-old Clever, who previously also
represented the Lions in South Africa, has played 63 Tests for USA since making
his debut in 2003.
The USA are paired with the Springboks in
Pool B at the Rugby World Cup later this year and will face the Boks on October 7 at London’s Olympic Stadium.