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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hawks Overseas

By Elie Mpovie

Europe

Betfred Super League (England and France)
Junior Vaivai was not in the line-up for Hull Kingston Rovers as they would sneak by Salford Red Devils 26-24. Hull KR is currently in 10th with 15 points in the Super League with one match to go and will be playing in the Super League Qualifiers.

Bureta Faraimo scored two tries for Hull Football Club as they would falter to League Leaders’ Saint Helens. Hull FC is currently 5th with 22 points with a game to go in the Super League and will be playing the Super League Championship 8s.

Betfred Championship
Corey Makelim, Mark Offerdahl played a huge part for the Sheffield Eagles as they’d defeat Dewsbury Rams 30-28. Sheffield is currently 9th with 12 points with a game to go in the Championship and will be playing in the Championship Shield playoffs.

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USA Rugby League Recap

By Elie Mpovie

We’re now entering the business end of USA Rugby League National Premiership. Five matches were played over the weekend with the Northern Virginia Eagles on a bye.

The weekend would start the most anticipated match in the North Conference as undefeated Brooklyn Kings and Philadelphia Fight would square off, with both teams sending players to the national team in the fall for World Cup qualifying and the Americas’ Cup. Brooklyn would go on to hand the Fight their first loss of the season with 34-18 score line, Brooklyn enters the playoffs unbeaten with a bye, the number one seed in the Northern Conference and perhaps their first USA Rugby League minor premiership.

Staying in the North, in order to make the Premiership Finals you have to win games, that hasn’t been the case for Boston 13s this year. They’d face the Delaware Black Foxes who have won a couples games this season. Boston’s will and want to win would be the greater difference as they’d come away with a 36-14 win both teams sit at 1-4 and are considered out of playoff contention.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Eagles Men Selected For RWC 7s


Mike Friday has named his squad for this weekend's Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco. As expected it's an experienced team with all of the key contributors from the past few years present. The team will be led by captain Madison Hughes and features Olympians Perry Baker, Maka Unufe, Folau Niua, Danny Barrett, Ben Pinkelman, and Carlin Isles. Also making the trip are Matai Leuta, Brett Thompson, Kevon Williams, Steve Tomasin, and Martin Iosefo. Chris Mattina and Pat Blair are the injury reserves. 

The team will take on the winner of the Wales vs. Zimbabwe match in the new knock-out format on Friday. The U.S. could then potentially be matched up with England in the quarterfinals and are on the same side of the bracket as South Africa. They would avoid Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia until the final if they make it that far. 

Squad: Carlin Isles, Ben Pinkelman, Danny Barrett, Matai Leuta, Brett Thompson, Kevon Williams, Folau Niua, Maka Unufe, Steve Tomasin, Madison Hughes (C), Perry Baker, Martin Iosefo; Injury Reserve: Chris Mattina, Pat Blair

Ontario Arrows Confirm MLR Intentions For 2019

Press Release

The Ontario Arrows Rugby Club, in the wake of their successful seven-game 2018 exhibition season, have announced that they have secured the exclusive negotiating rights for an Ontario-based Major League Rugby team and intend to enter and compete in MLR in 2019, subject to agreement on key terms and conditions of entry.

The Arrows would join the teams that have battled through the league’s 2018 inaugural season, which culminated in the Seattle Seawolves’ thrilling victory over the Glendale Raptors in the MLR Championship on Saturday, July 7 in San Diego.

Arrows co-founder and investor, Bill Webb, said, “The Arrows investor group, players and staff are all thrilled with the positive response and support that we have received from Canadian rugby fans and newcomers to the game, our commercial sponsors, our venue operators (York University) and from our national and provincial sports organizations, Rugby Canada and Rugby Ontario. The Arrows are now an established competitive rugby team and we are champing at the bit to ramp up our commercial operations, including the sale of season tickets and further engagement with corporate sponsors. In fact, fans and corporate sponsors have even been approaching us prior to our formal MLR entry, which is very encouraging.”

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Australia, U.S.A. Discussing Potential 2019 Match


U.S.A. Rugby and Australia have been in talks to play a match in 2019. One possible location for that match is the Oakland Coliseum. According to notes from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority the team has had discussions to host the Eagles vs. Australia in 2019. Nothing has been confirmed as far as TIAR knows at this point and it could turn out that the match doesn't happen at all or that the U.S. will definitively play Australia.

Here is what the notes say: "Team Australia Rugby; We are in discussions with USA Rugby and team Australia regarding the opportunity to host the Australian team for home games next year when they tour the USA. The team will be housed in the Bay Area and practice somewhere in the area. We at the Coliseum will not have the practice site but possible host games here."

The idea that U.S.A. Rugby and Australia are talking to potentially host a match in 2019 is a good thing. It would make sense for the team to use it as a World Cup sendoff with potentially a big crowd. 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Women Eagles Ready For San Francisco

Photo: Connie Hatfield
Press Release

In eight days, the Women's Eagles Sevens will suit up for the first ever U.S. hosted Rugby World Cup at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. The named 12 -- announced today by Head Coach Richie Walker -- comprise a group of talented and experienced athletes who will represent the United States in full force on home soil at the famed AT&T Park in San Francisco, July 20-22.

Seeded fifth and facing China in the Round of 16 at 12:34 PM PT on Friday, July 20, the United States must remain undefeated in order to advance; with the Women's Champion crowned on Saturday, July 21. A limited number of tickets are still available at rwcsevens.com/tickets while all matches will be broadcast LIVE across NBC Networks.

"We've really spent the last several weeks evaluating where our focus and our mindset needs to be in order to perform to the best of our abilities," said Head Coach Richie Walker. "Our players have been building towards this tournament for years and to represent their country at home is remarkable in and of itself. We look forward to sharing our journey with home fans in San Francisco."

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Weekend Television Listings



If you love Super Rugby you are going to love this weekend as the Southern Hemisphere's top competition takes center stage.     

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

Saturday:
  • Highlanders vs. Rebels, 1:15 a.m. et/10:15 p.m. pt (Friday) (live on ESPN+)
  • Crusaders vs. Blues, 3:35 a.m. et/12:35 a.m. pt (live on ESPN+)
  • Waratahs vs. Brumbies, 5:45 a.m. pet/2:45 a.m. pt (live on ESPN+)
  • Lions vs. Bulls, 9:05 a.m. et/6:05 a.m. pt (live on ESPN+)
  • Sharks vs. Jaguares, 11:15 a.m. et/8:15 a.m. pt (live on ESPN+)