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Some Todd Clever Milestones

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Some Todd Clever Milestones

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Todd Clever has announced that he will be retiring from international rugby following the June 24 and July 1 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers against Canada.

Clever will step down as the most-capped USA player ever, and will have captained the Eagles more times than anyone else. He played in two 15s World Cups (although it could have been 4), and two 7s World Cups. He was for years, and probably still is, the most recognized USA rugby player around the world. It's thanks to his wild hair and pro-fun personality, as well as his phyiscal and emotional style of play, that has made him the face of the Eagles for 15 years.

He has worn a USA jersey of some sort since he was 16.

Here are a few Clever milestones:

23 August, 2003. Makes his USA debut, coming on as a back row sub in a loss to Argentina in Buenos Aires.

September, 2003. Accompanies the USA to the Rugby World Cup in Australia but doesn't play. Is given a full USA uniform by Head Coach Tom Billups and told it's an investment on his future.

25 May, 2005. Makes his first USA start in a close loss to Canada in Tokyo.

26 June, 2005. Forces a key steal that helps spark a 20-19 win over Canada in Edmonton.

17 June, 2006. Scores his first USA try, in a loss to Canada in Edmonton.

August, 2006. Signed with North Harbour of New Zealand's NPC.

30 Sept., 2006. Scores a try against Uruguay in Montevideo, marking the fourth-straight game he touches down for the Eagles.

7 June, 2008. Captains the USA for the first time, against England A (then a capped game) in the Churchill Cup in Ottawa, Ont.

October, 2008. Clever signs with the Golden Lions of South Africa's Currie Cup and Super Rugby. Later becomes the first USA-produced player to play in Super Rugby.

8 Nov, 2008. Scores and captains the USA to his first win as USA skipper, a 43-9 victory over Uruguay.

25 March, 2011. After a long absence from the USA 7s team, Clever returns for the Hong Kong 7s and sports a Japanese flag on his leg wrap. This was a show of solidarity for the Japanese people (Clever played in Japan from 2010 to 2015) after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan March 11, 2011. 

24 March, 2012. Clever helps the Suntory Sungoliath with the Japan Top League championship.

23 June, 2012. During the USA's game with Italy in Houston, after the Eagles are given a second red card, captain Clever says to referee Jerome Garves, "only a red?" Italy wins, but Clever gets the line of the night.

14 June, 2013. Captains the USA for the 29th time, bypassing David Hodges for the record.

19 July, 2015. A day after arriving back to USA assembly late due to attending the ESPY Awards, Clever is dropped from the USA team by Head Coach Mike Tolkin, and misses the 2015 World Cup.

13 Feb., 2016. Reinstated as an Eagle and captain by Head Coach John Mitchell, Clever scores three tries in a 30-22 defeat of Canada.

16 March, 2016. The Austin Huns announce that Todd Clever has become a partner in the new pro club. Clever does take the field for the Huns, most often as an impact sub, in their run to a national title a year later.


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