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Friday, September 21, 2018

Pools and Schedules Set For USA 7s

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Pools and schedules have today been announced for the HSBC USA Women’s Sevens 2018 tournament in Glendale, new opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.

The international tournament, to be held at Infinity Park from October 20-21, will feature 11 core and one invitational women’s rugby sevens teams as they begin their journey to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The two day event will see pool play fill Day One as each respective team competes for the chance to advance to the knockout rounds commencing on Day Two. The tournament Champion will come away with gold medals and the coveted cup, while silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the runner-up and third-place teams.

Competition begins at 10:30 AM MT with a battle between Pool C opponents Canada and Fiji. Home team USA will open their tournament run in Pool B against England, while reigning Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 Champions New Zealand have a matchup against new core team China -- also in Pool B. Rio 2016 Olympic Gold medalists and 2018 Series winners Australia will feature in Glendale, as well, facing invitational team Mexico in Pool A.

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MLR Expanding To Boston, Atlanta

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Major League Rugby announced today the acceptance of two new member teams based in Atlanta and Boston, two cities known for their passionate sports fans. The new teams will begin play in the 2020 season, the third season for the young league.

Atlanta’s team joins recently successful teams from Major League Soccer and Lacrosse in a city known for its love of sports, and rugby specifically. Nearby Life University in Marietta boasts one of the country’s top college rugby programs and produced many current MLR players.

The new team in Boston will build on the city’s rich sports legacy and deep rugby history. The first rugby match played in the US was played in Boston between McGill and Harvard in 1875. Today, the New England region is home to the highest number of rugby clubs per capita with over 230 programs, including Mystic River Rugby Club, winners of two of the last three USA Rugby National D1 Club Championships.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Emerick Takes New Role With Sabercats

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The Major League Rugby Houston SaberCats are pleased to announce the arrival of new Skills Coach, Paul Emerick, first capped by the USA Eagles in 2003. With collegiate level experience and more than a decade of professional rugby experience internationally, Emerick’s arrival into Houston has elevated not only the SaberCats’ organization but that of the local West Houston Rugby Club to which he has also signed on as Head Coach.

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Houston SaberCats organization as a skills coach and Head Coach of the West Houston Lions organization,” said Emerick. “The SaberCats’ dedication to not only grow the game at a professional level, but to give a structured pathway for aspiring professional and international players to develop is second to none. I am looking forward to helping develop rugby at a professional level and also to help grow the game and provide a professional setting for players in the Houston area.” 

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Women Eagles Set For Japan

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CHULA VISTA, CA. - 12 Women's Falcons have been selected to participate in the developmental Hokkaido Governor's Cup tournament taking place in Japan Sept 22-24 (based on Eastern time).

The competition -- which includes 12 sevens teams -- will allow emerging USA women's players to gain valuable playing time ahead of selections for the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2019 at the senior level.

Drawn in pool A, the USA will face teams from New Zealand, Diana and the Cook Islands. Australia, rival-Canada, Ireland and Japan will also bring teams to the Hokkaido event, with pool play taking up Day One and knockout rounds beginning on Day Two.

In total, six members of the Falcons' squad come from the Women's Sevens residency program with the remaining six having displayed an exemplary performance at the Club 7s National Championships or National Academy Tournaments.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Army Falls To Australian Side

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The touring Australian Indigenous rugby team opened their North American campaign with a punishing 72-19 victory over the United States Miliary Academy yesterday in upstate New York.
The Australian team performed well considering they had to overcome a nightmare 52-hour transit from Australia after a mechanical failure resulted in all ongoing connections being missed. The 26-man squad spent a couple of days in camp prior to departure and trained just once in Manhattan before the tour opener.

One has to visit the magnificent facility of Westpoint to see the power, history and culture that surrounds it. It is undoubtedly America’s premier rugby park built at a cost of $12M and which purposely exudes professionalism across all its boundaries. The traditions and discipline exhibited by players and officials on and off the field was prevalent and consistent from the time we entered the complex.

The Indigenous war dance designed by the players that accompanied a didgeridoo, opened proceedings for the game. With just three minutes on the clock and good field possession the Visitors reacted to a penalty with a quick tap to see giant prop Leonard Snowball punch low and hard at the line to notch the first try for the Australians.

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Toronto Wolfpack Still In Promotion Hunt

It was close but in the end it was a job done as the Toronto Wolfpack edged Toulouse 13-12 over the weekend. With the win Toronto sit in fourth place in The Qualifiers standings. That's good enough to be in the "Million Pound" game along with the London Broncos. Toronto have six points in the standings while London only have four. There are three teams above Toronto in the standings, all with eight points. Previously unbeaten Salford lost over the weekend. If Toronto can finish in the top three they will gain automatic promotion to the Super League. A fourth or fifth place finish will have them in the "Million Pound" game. Anything in the bottom three means another year in the Championship.

The good news for Toronto is that Halifax are almost certainly relegated without a win while Widnes only have one victory. Toronto will host Widnes this weekend in their last match this year at Lamport Stadium. After that it's a road trip to play the Leeds Rhinos. Depending on how things shake out Toronto could be in a top three spot heading into the final weekend. 

Navy Has Another Successful Weekend

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On Saturday, September 15, the Navy Rugby First XV traveled to New Rochelle, New York to take on the Gaels of Iona. It was a beautiful day for a rugby match. The first ten minutes of the game saw both teams threaten to score. Navy drew first blood when they kicked for points after an Iona penalty in the 11th minute. Andrew Malick split the uprights from twenty five meters out to make the score 3-0 Navy. Iona answered back in the 22nd minute when they capitalized off a Navy miscue. The Gaels converted the kick to make it 3-7 Iona. Navy threatened to score several times in the remainder of the first half. The Navy forward pack continuously overpowered the opposing pack, and scored a walk-in penalty try in the final minute of the first half. Navy entered the half with a 10-7 lead. 

Navy had several opportunities within Iona’s twenty two meter line in the first ten minutes of the second half, but could not come away with points. However, Navy broke through the Gael’s defense in the 51st minute with a Spencer Craig try in the corner. The score was Navy 15, Iona 7. In the 59th minute, the powerful Navy scrum, anchored by props Cody Mendelow and Bo Kendrick-Holmes, stole an Iona put-in for another walk-in try. The big 8 man, Spencer Craig, recorded his second try on the day to make the score 20-7 Navy. Again, the relentless Navy forwards grinded their way towards the Iona try line and set up a beautiful Erick Bleakley try in the corner in the 72nd minute of the match. The score was then Navy 25, Iona 7. Navy’s stout defense held the Gaels for the remaining eight minutes for a final score of 25-7 Navy. The Midshipmen have a short turnaround and will face Mary Washington on Friday, September 21st at home. Kick-off is scheduled for 1730.