Saturday, November 22, 2014

Schirmer, Iosefo In As Eagles Are Picked For Dubai

Aladdin Schirmer and Martin Iosefo will earn their first caps for the Eagles 7s team as head coach Mike Friday has announced his squad for the Dubai 7s. Both College All-Americans, Iosefo has been an standout for the Chicago Lions this last summer and was recently on the Tiger Rugby team that played in the Central Coast 7s. Schrimer comes from the Central Washington program and has been knocking on the door of the Eagles for awhile.

Looking on the outside in from the Gold Coast are Nic Edwards and Peter Tiberio. Zack Test will once again return along with veterans like Carlin Isles, Madison Hughes, Garrett Bender, Danny Barrett, Andrew Durutalo, and Folau Niua. Both Niua and Barrett saw time with the Eagles XV on their November tour.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Payne Promoted To Life Athletic Director

Press Release

Marietta, Georgia, November 21, 2014 – Dan Payne, Director of Rugby at Life U since 2009, and more recently Assistant Athletic Director, has been promoted to Athletic Director, effective immediately.

The promotion to Athletic Director will necessitate Payne taking a reduced role with rugby, a program he has built into a recognized model of excellence by those in the sport.  “The rugby program is in great hands with the staff we have assembled and the standards that have been set among the senior leaders and players,” said Payne.  “Scott Lawrence and Tui Osborne are two of the finest coaches you’ll find, with experience playing and coaching at the highest levels of rugby.  We also have former All-Americans Shuan Davies and Colton Cariaga on staff as assistants.  And getting Rosalind Chou to coach the women’s side was a major coup for us – she has been phenomenal.  I have no doubt that all our rugby teams will continue to excel and succeed.”

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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For Americans in the Premiership it's another head to head weekend. This time it's Chris Wyles and Saracens facing Samu Manoa and Northampton. They will both start but none of the other four Americans on the books of both clubs will play. Thretton Palamo is with the Eagles while Titi Lamositele and Cam Dolan are still injured. In the Guinness Pro12, U.S.-eligibles Callum Black and James Hilterbrand will also start. Elsewhere, most Americans are tied up with Eagles duty or have seen their seasons come to a close. Of course, there is still plenty of action in Ireland and in the lower leagues of France and the UK, including Tai Tuisamoa who will come off the bench for London Scottish. 

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Missed Chances Doom Eagles In Fiji Loss

Prior to the Eagles match against Fiji head coach Mike Tolkin stressed that the team needed to be better at finishing their chances in the green zone and to not have mental lapses that resulted in points for their opponents. Unfortunately for the Eagles those issues surfaced yet again as they lost 20-14 in a match they should have won. Down by a try late in the match the Eagles had one solid chance after another, including what should have been a sure try from Shalom Suniula, but couldn't convert. With the loss the Eagles now finish the November tour a 1-3 and 2014 at 3-5-1.

The Eagles started the match with some solid possession but as would happen all match, their handling let them down with another knock-on. The Eagles handling has been better over the last year and has been one of the reasons they have seen closer results but today it let them down several times.

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Eagles vs. Fiji Match Commentary

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FINAL: Eagles 14-20 Fiji.

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Eagles: Ollie Kilifi, Phil Thiel, Mate Moeakiola, John Cullen, Greg Peterson, Scott LaValla, John Quill, Todd Clever; Mike Petri, Shalom Suniula, Tim Stanfill, Thretton Palamo, Seamus Kelly, Taku Ngwenya, Ronnie McLean; Bench: Tom Coolican, Nick Wallace, Ben Tarr, Matt Trouville, Kyle Sumsion, Roland Suniula, Andrew Suniula, Tim Maupin

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Weekend Television Listings

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It's the last major weekend for internationals and once again BeIn Sports and BeIn Sports Connect will have most of the coverage, including Italy vs. South Africa, Ireland vs. Australia, and Wales vs. New Zealand. Unfortunately, the games on on delay unless you access BeIn Sports Connect. The Eagles will take on Fiji today in a match that can be seen on  There are also Premiership and NSCRO matches available. 

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  • Italy vs. Argentina, 12:15 p.m. et/9:15 a.m. pt (live on BeIn Sports Connect) 
  • Eagles vs. Fiji, 1:00 p.m. et/10:00 a.m. pt (live on
  • Harlequins vs. Sale, 2:30 p.m. et/11:30 a.m. pt (live on BeIn Sports Connect)
  • Harlequins vs. Sale, 7:00 p.m. et/4:00 p.m. pt (delay on BeIn Sports)
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Opening Kick

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National Teams:

The Eagles take on Fiji today at 1:00 p.m. et/10:00 a.m. pt. We have our preview of the match complete with line-ups, keys to the match, and more. 

The match will be livestreamed on under the World Rugby TV section. 

We caught up with head coach Mike Tolkin to talk about the match and the tour so far. 

With Adam Siddall out to injury and Folau Niua back on 7s duty, the kicking responsibilities are going to fall to Ronnie McLean

U.S. Youth Olympian Jojo Tikoisuva is currently in Fiji camp trying out for the national team. 

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