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Friday, May 18, 2018

Bulldog 7s Put Focus On Youth, Development

Press Release

After a first ever appearance at the Club Nationals and a creditable 6th place finish in 2017, Bulldog Rugby founders Mike Newcomer and David Fischer are pleased to announce the return of Head Coach Steve Lewis for the Summer of 2018. However, there will be a change of focus and location for the upcoming season. In addition to selecting only younger, USA eligible players, Bulldog Rugby will be competing in the Frontier Region and operating a full-time 7’s summer residency camp in Vail, Colorado.

“We are delighted that Steve will be back with us again, his expertise in 7’s is well-known” said Mike Newcomer, “and given our goal of helping develop the next generation of Eagles, some of Steve’s other roles as Head Coach of the Mens Collegiate All-Americans and the Northeast Academy, dovetail well with our mission.”

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MacGinty Garners Barbarians Selection

We'd smile too if we earned a Barbarians selection.
AJ MacGinty can add a new honor to his list after being selected for the Barbarians match against England later this month. For those that have followed MacGinty over the last few seasons the selection shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. He was instrumental in Connacht's magical season a few years back and then has been a staple for Sale since his arrival. Only injury has really kept him from making an impact. With a gap in the schedule between the end of Sale's season and the Eagles summer tour it was a perfect opportunity to earn the honor.

He'll join a growing list of players that have suited up for the Eagles and the Barbarians. Todd Clever, Titi Lamositele, Dan Lyle, Samu Manoa, Taku Ngwenya, Paul Emerick, Mike Hercus, Mike MacDonald, Mike Petri, and others have played for the team. However, only a few select players have played in high profile fixtures like the one against England.

Eagles Named For London 7s

The Eagles will have a couple familiar names back as they get ready for the London 7s in a few weeks. Folau Niua and Madison Hughes have returned from injury and are back in the travel squad. They will join a core group of players that doesn't unfortunately include Perry Baker and Make Unufe who remain injured. Still, the Eagles should keep plenty of power and pace with all the players on the tour having seen action this season.

The U.S. currently sit in fifth position in the table on 93 points. Also on 93 points is Kenya with Argentina one behind. There are a handful of teams behind them that can catch them. The U.S. can also catch up to fourth placed Australia but it will be more difficult. The U.S. will play Kenya, England, and France in London.

Squad: Carlin Isles, Ben Pinkelman, Danny Barrett, Matai Leuta, Brett Thompson, Malon Al-Jiboori, Folau Niua, Chris Mattina, Stephen Tomasin, Madison Hughes, Kevon Williams, Martin Iosefo, Tala Talapusi

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Several Americans will try to make their respective finals this weekend. Chris Wyles will get the start once again for Saracens. Titi Lamositele is not in the line-up. That is the same for Nick Civetta and Greg Peterson respectively at Newcastle and Glasgow. Samu Manoa will likely come off the bench for Toulon.

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Weekend Television Listings

Your weekend television listings are here. It's a busy weekend with the College 7s, MLR, and playoffs in Europe.     

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  • College 7s, 1:00 p.m. et/10:00 a.m. pt (live on The Rugby Channel) 
  • Glasgow vs. Scarlets, 2:45 p.m. et/11:45 a.m. pt (live on The Rugby Channel)
  • Toulon vs. Lyon, 3:00 p.m. et/12:00 p.m. pt (live on The Rugby Channel) 
  • Sunwolves vs. Stormers, 1:15 a.m. et (Sunday)/10:15 p.m. pt (live on ESPN+)
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Club DI Playoff Preview

The two finalists for this year's DI men's club championship will be decided this weekend at regionals in Fort Worth, Texas and Obetz, Ohio. Here is a look at both brackets.


The men have opted to do something a little different this year. Instead of playing two matches over the weekend the teams in the west decided their finalists ahead of time in order to protect player welfare. The winner of the Pacific North and the Pacific South was determined via the Pacific Rugby Premiership while the Red River decided their winner. Belmont Shore emerged from the PRP while the Austin Blacks did the same from the Red River.

Belmont Shore has had quite the season. The club has undergone a rebuild over the last few years as they have shifted to youth. It has come with some growing pains but it also has paid off with a very successful PRP season. The team and club has a lot of momentum behind it right now and with plenty of time to prepare for this weekend they should be strong. However, so should the Austin Blacks. They may have lost some players to Major League Rugby but they are still strong and experienced. They have been in this position before and playing close to home in Texas is going to be an advantage.

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College 7s Nationals Men's DI Preview & Predictions

This weekend the College 7s Nationals will kick off in Glendale. Here are our previews and predictions of each pool.

Pool A: Lindenwood, Arkansas, Utah, and Missouri

Defending champions Lindenwood look to be the class of this group. It would not only be a surprise if they didn't finish in first place but if they didn't run through the pool with some lopsided scores. Given that it's going to be up to one of Arkansas, Utah, and Missouri to advance. We think Utah has the edge. The program has been up and down the last few years but if they bring a strong squad they will be tough to beat.

Pool B: Cal, Notre Dame College, Fordham, Indiana

This is going to be one of the best pools to see thanks to the Cal-Notre Dame College match-up. Cal area 7s powerhouse and this year have elected to skip the CRC in favor of better competition in the College 7s nationals. They are going to get that against Notre Dame College who are a very good team. We fully anticipate both of them to finish in the two two of the pool with the winner between them taking first place. Unfortunately Fordham and Indiana will likely be in the Bowl.

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