Friday, February 12, 2016

Preview: Rivalry Renewed As Eagles Host Canada


For the 55th time the U.S. will test themselves against Canada. However, this time it's in the Americas Rugby Championship in what could be a pivotal match for who finishes first at the end of the competition. Also different from their typical matches is that each team will be running out more of a developmental team, especially Canada. Although overseas pros can technically be called in, only the Eagles have multiple such players in their team leaving it up to the domestic players to shine.

The similarities between the teams don't end their. Both endured coaching changes after winless World Cups and each team has only had so many weeks under the new regime. Despite that, both teams showed well last week but have a lot of kinks to work out. With many domestic players on the team this tournament is about building the right structures and playing the right way for each team. A rivalry match always brings out the best in both teams but with this new dynamic it's about seeing how players grow as much as it's about getting a win over a rival.

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Junior All-Americans Name Starters For JWRT Qualifier


The Junior All-Americans have named their starting line-up for tomorrow's match against Canada for a spot in the Junior World Rugby Trophy. Hanco Germishuys will captain the team nd along with Louis Mulholland and scrumhalf, Ben Cima at fly-half, and Nick Kwasniewski at prop represents veterans from last year's side. There experience is going to be vital as they come up against a Canada U-20 team that looks pretty solid. The match is scheduled for right after the Eagles vs. Canada match at 9:45 p.m. et/6:45 p.m. pt and will air on USARugbyTV.

"The starting XV is the best reflection of how the Men's Junior All-Americans want to play rugby on Saturday evening," interim head coach JDStephenson said in a U.SA. Rugby press release. "All 26 players in our greater squad play a vital role of getting the best out of each other, and this should be reflected in the starting XV."

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview


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Although it's not the busiest weekend in Europe with France mostly taking time off but it's going to be busy for Americans. In the Premiership all three Americans at Saracens are going to be involved for the club as they play Wasps on Sunday. In the PRO12, AJ MacGinty started for Connacht earlier in the week while both Greg Peterson and Callum Black are set to start as Glasgow plays Ulster.

Two other notes to remind you of this week. Samu Manoa is going to miss at least three months with a knee injury. He's having surgery and could be back for the Top 14 playoffs but he may also miss them. Additionally, Tom Bliss has left Ealing, where he was on loan from Wasps. He's reportedly set to be offered a contract from PRO Rugby.

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Weekend Television Listings

 


If you are a U.S. national team fan you are going to love this weekend's listing. Not only is the Canada vs. U.S. match live on ESPN3/WatchESPN on Saturday but it will be replayed on ESPN2 on Sunday. The Junior All-Americans also have a lot on the line as they face Canada in their JWRT qualifier on Saturday after the ARC match. That one will air on USA Rugby TV. Also available are European league matches, the Six Nations, PRP, and more.     

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

Friday:
  • Ulster vs. Glasgow, 2:30 p.m. et/11:30 a.m. pt (live on beIN Sports Connect)
  • Newcastle vs. Leicester, 2:45 p.m. et/11:45 a.m. pt (live on beIN Sports Connect)
  • Uruguay vs. Brazil, 5:00 p.m. et/2:00 p.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
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Adriaan Ferris Named San Francisco Assistant


The coaching announcements from PRO Rugby continue to pour in as Adriaan Ferris has been appointed as an assistant coach for the San Francisco team. Ferris is currently the head coach of up and coming powerhouse Life West. The Gladiators have stormed through every competition they have played in so far and just put David Tameilau on the Eagles. Ferris will serve as an assistant to head coach Paul Keeler. Prior to joining Life West and San Francisco, Ferris enjoyed coaching stints in New Zealand, including head coach of Northland, and as an assistant to the Tongan National Team.

Here is the release from PRO Rugby:
PRO Rugby is pleased to announce the appointment of Adriaan Ferris as Assistant Coach for the San Francisco team in PRO Rugby’s 2016 inaugural season. Ferris is a native of New Zealand, who graduated from Massey University before embarking on a highly successful coaching career, which has included Northland, Tonga, and a four-year spell as New Zealand U-20 Selector where he worked with future All Blacks. His current role is Athletic Director at Life West.

Eagles Make Changes To Face Canada


Eagles head coach John Mitchell has made a number of changes from the team he put out against Argentina last week for this Saturday's match against Canada. Only Eric Fry, Chris Baumann, Brodie Orth, Todd Clever, David Temeilau, James Bird, Kingsley McGowan, Lemoto Filikitonga, and Chad London keep their places.

Coming into the team and gaining their first caps* are Mike Sosene-Feagai at hooker, Ben Landry at lock, Nate Brakeley at flanker, Mike Te'o at scrumhalf, and Jake Anderson at fullback. Luke Hume, who is no stranger to the team, returns after a long injury absence and will be a solid veteran presence in the back. Many of the changes to the team were forced as most European professionals went back to their clubs.

*Last week's match wasn't a capped match so the likes of Orth, Tameilau, Te'o, Bird, McGowan, Filikitong, and Anderson will all technically gain their first caps this weekend despite playing last weekend.

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Opening Kick

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National Teams/PRO Rugby:

Tom Bliss is leaving Ealing and Wasps and is set to be offered a contract with PRO Rugby.

Ray Egan has been picked as an assistant coach for the San Diego PRO Rugby side.

Canada have named their line-up to face the Eagles on Saturday.

Club/College:

Tiger Rugby is trying to reach lesser-served areas with combines in North Carolina and Texas.

This Is Ohio Rugby has more on preseason preparations in Cleveland.

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