Monday, November 30, 2015

Q&A With Greg McWilliams From ATAVUS

Earlier this month it was announced that Yale coach and former Ireland women assistant Greg McWilliams has joined the staff of ATAVUS. To get more on his role with the organization we sat down and chatted with McWilliams to get his insights.

TIAR: What attracted you to joining the ATAVUS staff?

Greg McWilliams: I first started with ATAVUS last April in Florida, working with Emilie Bydwell and USA Eagle Phil Theil, at a weekend camp. I was immediately impressed by the professionalism of the company and the set up of the camp. I was attracted by the idea of traveling to many different parts of the country, meeting and learning from coaches and players. Having the chance to assist in providing a great experience for all who came into contact with the sport was appealing. Since then I have worked at a number of camps during the summer months, while Yale were in their off season. Last August we sat down in Seattle and since then I have been working with the coaching staff, designing a curriculum that we will deliver to the players and coaches at our camps and coaching courses. There are some excellent young coaches working with ATAVUS, who are very focused on developing core coaching skills, effective planning, improving their system documentation, and in doing so, developing clearer communication pathways. I have learned a great deal from them to be honest.

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Northeast Academy, Quebec Win New York 7s

The Northeast Academy and Team Quebec were the big winners at the New York 7s last weekend coming away with the men's and women's titles respectively. The Northeast Academy, packed with players like Nate Brakeley, Mike St. Claire, Rick Kirkland, and Harry Higgins, were dominant throughout the weekend coming away with an eventual 36-5 win over rivals the Connecticut Bulldogs in the final. The Bulldogs, who featured two former Fijian internationals on their team, went up early before the Northeast Academy rattled off 36 straight points. Connor Wallace-Sims, who is only 20, was named the MVP.

To reach the final the Northeast Academy had to beat Team Quebec 31-7. That scoreline was similar to what the team would see in pool play where they got past the Upright Rugby Rogues 33-19 and Schuylkill River 29-0. Wallace-Sims would have a try and four conversions against the Rogues while Kyle Granby had two tries of his own to go along with efforts form Kirkland and Sean McGarrity.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Review

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It wasn't the most adventurous weekend for Americans overseas with the regulars seeing most of the time.  One player that did see good time was AJ MacGinty who started for Connacht in Pro12 play. He played the first 45 minutes before coming off. Having a American fly-half gain the confidence of his coach and get good playing time is going to be big for the Eagles. Other players to start include Chris Wyles and Blaine Scully. Greg Peterson and Titi Lamositele came off the bench for their respective teams.  Several more players will see action today with Lamositele set to start for the Saracens Storm in the "A" League. Also, the entire American contingent at Newcastle will also see time.

Down in France, Dave Ryan and Samu Manoa both saw time in the Top 14. It will be interesting to see if Ryan gets another bite at the Eagles. He was invited to camp a few years back but turned it down to land a contract in Italy. The Eagles coaching staff at the time understood his decision. He had to be on track to be Italy-eligible for that contract. Then he moved to Ireland under similar circumstances. Now in France he doesn't have the same kind of constraints.

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Opening Kick

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National Teams/PRO Rugby:

SANZAR has once again hinted at expansion to North America.

Pat Clifton checks in with Kevin Swiryn who is happy to be back on the 7s Series.


The Northeast Academy and Team Quebec came away as champions on the New York 7s. We'll have a full recap later today.

The New York Times was out at the tournament and has a fantastic article.

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Cyber Monday Deals At World Rugby Shop

Our friends at World Rugby Shop have put together a great sale for Cyber Monday. Today you can get 25% off anything on the site with the code: CYBERWRS. It's too good of a deal not to take advantage. World Rugby Shop sells a great selection of Grubber, Canterbury, and ATAVUS gear as well as a load of other great items. Make sure to check it out.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Northeast Academy Name Teams For New York 7s


The Northeast Academy 7’s sides are back in action on Thanksgiving weekend after allowing players in the system some much needed time to focus on their home clubs through Fall 15’s. Kicking off for the 57th time on Nov. 28th at Randall’s Island in New York City, the annual New York Sevens tournament event is the longest running Sevens tournament in the United States. This year’s event will be sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in NY (HKETONY).

The Northeast Academy specifically will field one team for in the Hong Kong Men’s Premier Division and two teams in the Women’s Premier Division. Northeast Academy members named to this event will be scouted closely by the organization selectors as potential players to be named on the following week’s Tobago 7’s touring roster and for the Las Vegas Invitationals in March of ‘16.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

SANZAR Once Again Hints At North American Expansion

It's becoming somewhat of a repeated theme but once again SANZAR have hinted at interest in North America. The latest to comment is new CEO Andy Marinos. When asked if geography was an issue Marinos pointed to markets that might make a good fit. That included North America and the Pacific Islands. Marinos mentioned North America as a market they expect to grow and develop, which could mean more camps, partnerships, or even possibly a SANZAR regular season match in the United States.

This is not the first time that SANZAR has expressed an interest in the U.S. but at the same time, ever since the Eagles-All Blacks match sold out in November 2014, there are few rugby organizations left in the world that haven't expressed an interest in the United States. That said, interest in Super Rugby, especially on the West Coast, is high in America. Only time will tell what SANZAR has in store for North America.