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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day From TIAR!

Happy Independence Day from TIAR! Wherever you are remember to stay safe and be smart but most of all have fun. We'd thought we'd help you celebrate with one of our favorite moments from the Eagles.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

U.S.-eligible James McMahon

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With no Americans playing in the Super Rugby final the only players with U.S. ties active this weekend are once again in the Shute Shield. Only Tom Coolican of the bunch is capped for the Eagles. It's important to remember that players may not be playing top grade rugby with their clubs but could be at a lower grade.  


Super Rugby

Marcel Brache and the Western Force have finished their season.

Shute Shield

Tom CoolicanJames McMahon, Chris Chapman and Sydney University play Southern Districts on Saturday.

Paula Hafoka and Eastwood play Randwick on Saturday

Kevin ReedJames Hilterbrand, and Manly play Northern Suburbs.

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Weekend Television Listings


The long, exciting, and arduous Super Rugby season comes to a close this weekend as the Hurricanes and the Highlanders get set for what should be a terrific final. For fans wanting to watch in the U.S. it will be on DirectTV in the middle of the night. If you are looking for something a little closer to home the Super Series wraps up on Sunday with the U.S. Women taking on New Zealand.    

If you know of an event or a tournament that is not on our list, please share it with us at thisisamericanrugby@gmail.com.

  • Hurricanes vs. Highlanders, 3:35 a.m. et/12:35 a.m. pt (live on DirectTV) 
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U.S. Will Not Bid For 2023 World Cup

The U.S. has decided not to bid for the 2023 World Cup leaving France, Ireland, Italy, and South Africa as the only teams in the running. The U.S. never officially expressed an interest like the other nations but did recently attend a meeting World Rugby held to explain the bidding process to potentially interested nations. The news shouldn't come as too big of a shock as the U.S. were never likely to win in 2023 and examining the process was seen more as a step toward bidding for the 2027 World Cup.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapassett said in a press release: “Although USA Rugby ultimately decided not to proceed with a formal bid, it was very encouraging that they originally had expressed an interest in hosting rugby’s flagship tournament. In the end, they decided to focus instead on other upcoming projects, not least the hosting of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, but they are an ambitious and progressive union and I have no doubt they will bid to host Rugby World Cup at some point in the future.”

The host country for the tournament will be selected in May 2017. 

Opening Kick

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National Teams:

Mike Friday has named the Eagles 7s squad for the Pan-Am Games and it includes a mix of veterans and players trying to break into the team.

U.S.A. Rugby has formed a partnership with Taranaki to get more training for coaches and players.

If you missed it here are highlights of the Women Eagles win over Canada. Jackie Finlan spoke with Pete Steinberg about the win.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Veterans, Newcomers Highlights Eagles Pan-Am Roster

Eagles 7s head coach Mike Friday has named his team for the upcoming Pan-Am Games and as expected it contains many veteran names along with a few players that didn't see time on the World Sevens Series last year. Madison Hughes will continue to serve as captain and he'll be joined by Series regulars Carlin Isles, Garrett Bender, Nate Augspurger, and Perry Baker. Zack Test, Folau Niua, Andrew Durutalo, and Danny Barrett are with the Eagles fifteens as they prepare for the Pacific Nations Cup. Additionally, the biggest absence is Maka Unufe.

Players that have played on the Series this year and will be on the Pan-Am roster include Pat Blair and Martin Iosefo. Other players with Series experience are Brett Thompson, Mike Te'o, Steve Tomasin, Will Holder, and Ben Leatigaga. Thompson is the biggest addition and brings a lot of experience. This will be his first opportunity to show what he can do after coming back from injury. For the rest of the players it's an opportunity to show what they can do.

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Canterbury Launches "Committed to the Game"

We're proud to have such great partners in Canterbury. Today they've launched their "Committed to the Game" campaign with this great video.