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Thursday, March 26, 2015

PRP Power Rankings: Glendale & SFGG Separate From The Pack

Only one change in this week's power rankings as Santa Monica and OMBAC swap places. Glendale and SFGG remain one and two ahead of their showdown this week.

1. Glendale Raptors (6-1-0, Last Week: 1, beat OMBAC 57-10): The question has to be asked whether or not Glendale are going to lose again the rest of the season? The only opponent that looks like they can do it is SFGG and they will have to travel to Infinity Park this weekend. If the Raptors come out with a win there is no question they will be in the final. Their big win over OMBAC just proves how well they are playing at the moment. Up next: SFGG

2. SFGG (4-1-2, LW: 2, beat Olympic club 83-3): SFGG crushed Olympic Club over the weekend. It was a result Golden Gate needed to show once again they are a dominant team. Their only loss of the year came against Glendale and they will want revenge this weekend. They haven't always traveled well this season and will need to overcome that in Denver. Up next: Glendale Raptors

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Americans Finish Up At Hong Kong Tens

Cam Dolan in action.

Day two wasn't as successful as day one for Americans at the Hong Kong 10s as no player on their team managed to come away with hardware. Cam Dolan and his Samurai team were the closest as they finished as Plate runners-up to the French Development team.

Dolan and Samurai faced Todd Clever and the Penguins in the quarterfinals. The scored was tied 7-7 at the half before the Penguins pulled away for a 17-7 win. Clever didn't play in the match or at all throughout the day. It's unclear if he has an injury. For Dolan the match was one he'd probably like to have back as he was shown an untimely yellow card for knocking the ball away.

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The Rugger's Edge Lessons For High School Players

By Karen Fong Donoghue, Owner & Founder of The Rugger’s Edge

In light of the unfortunate news for some college rugby programs who have been negatively influenced by the poor actions of a few on their team, This Is American Rugby and I felt it was important to discuss how high school players can learn from and avoid these same mistakes.
With more and more college coaches having the ability to officially recruit players, apply admission or scholarship influence, it is even more imperative now to discuss how your actions off the pitch can affect your opportunities to gain these rewards.

More than once, I have had coaches tell me it is always easy to spot the most talented player on the field, but the giddiness of finding an athletic gem can quickly be overridden by the negative character faults they see. Remember, no matter what, as a rugby player, you have become an ambassador of our sport as well as your school or club team. You should treat this honor as such and avoid any actions which could bring harm to your rugby family. This include things like being aware of your actions both on and off the field. Here are some things to think about:

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HSAA's 2-2 In Rosslyn Park Pool Play

The High School All-American 7s team has finished pool play with a 2-2 record at the Rosslyn Park 7s. They are playing in the Open division. The results likely mean the team will miss out on the Cup round. While that is disappointing, the team is at the tournament to gain experience, which they've done.

First up for the All-Americans was Nottingham High School. It was a great start for the U.S. as they ran out 28-12 winners. However, they stumbled in their next match losing to Cowbridge Comprehensive School 14-12 and then Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade 33-0. They finished the day with a 42-14 thumping of Hurstpierpoint College. In the end had the All-Americans been able to make their conversion against Cowbridge they may have been able to make the Cup round as a runner-up side.

Hong Kong 7s Preview: Eagles Look For More Success

The Eagles head into the Hong Kong 7s at the highest point their program has been since they made a Cup final in Adelaide in 2010. Their run to fourth place at the Las Vegas 7s has the potential of being a watershed moment for the program if they take advantage of it with a strong run the rest of the season. It got fans excited, it had the players excited, and it has to have the USOC excited that not only will the Eagles qualify for the Olympics but they have the potential to compete for a medal. However, all of that momentum can slip away if they fail to make the Cup round and produce more strong runs in Hong Kong and the rest of the season's stops.

There is no reason to think that the Eagles won't make another strong run this tournament. They once again return the core of their team and traditionally have done well in Hong Kong. At the same time, Mike Friday and Chris Brown have repeatedly shown themselves willing to push the team to get better and to not settle until they have won (even then that might not be good enough). They may not finish in fourth place again but our guess is that they have another strong showing.

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Opening Kick

Opening Kick is a segment devoted to bringing you all Eagles and U.S.A. Rugby news in one location. It is brought to you everyday by Rugby Marketplace, your independent rugby store

We want to know about your upcoming tournaments.

National Teams:

The dates and format for rugby's debut at the Olympics have been released.

This is a must read piece on U.S.A. Wheelchair rugby member Delvin McMillian.

The U.S.A. Touch team is headed to the World Cup. Canterbury caught up with leader OJ Hawea ahead of the tournament.

Cam Dolan and Todd Clever had good outings on day one of the Hong Kong 10s. We'll update you on day two soon.

Happy 24th birthday to Leicester and Eagles lock Greg Peterson.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Video: A Behind The Scenes Look At Saracens

The Premiership has an in-depth behind the scenes look at Saracens. Hayden Smith, Chris Wyles, Thretton Palamo, and Titi Lamositele are all in the feature (although not with speaking roles).