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Friday, August 26, 2016

Lorrie Clifford Injured In Accident

Women Eagles 7s player Lorrie Clifford has been involved in a serious accident in Hawaii. The former basketball star turned rugby player broke her C4 and C5 vertebrae in a car accident and as a result has put her in the ICU in Oahu. She is expected to be moved to a long-term treatment facility as she potentially recovers feeling and movement in her body. The Alaska-native was a basketball standout for Western Oregon and is responsible for first alerting then head coach Ric Suggitt to Alev Kelter who would go on to be a centerpiece of the Eagles Olympic team.

If you wish to donate to Clifford's recovery a GoFundMe page has been set up. The goal is to reach $30k and as a rugby community we can do it. Here is hoping for the best for Clifford.

Weekend Television Listings

The Rugby Championship continues once again with a rematch of last week's encounters. Once again ESPN is the home for all the action as well as the Top 14. The Serevi RugbyTown 7s will also be livestreamed beginning today.        

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

  • Australia vs. New Zealand, 3:35 a.m. et/12:35 a.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • South Africa vs. Argentina, 1:40 p.m. et/12:40 a.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Serevi RugbyTown 7s, 2:00 p.m. et/11:00 a.m. pt (live on Infinity Park Match Player)
  • Bordeaux vs. Toulouse, 2:45 p.m. et/11:45 a.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Serevi RugbyTown 7s, 2:00 p.m. et/11:00 a.m. pt (live on Infinity Park Match Player)
  • Clermont vs. Montpellier, 2:45 p.m. et/11:45 a.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)

Spike Davis Joins Up With Tasman

Spike Davis was one of the breakout players of the PRO Rugby season. He's always had the physical tools but this year he put it together for the Ohio Aviators leading the league in tries with 14, the only player in double figures. Davis will be joining up with Tasman with the potential of playing in the Mitre 10 Cup with the Makos. He's going to suit up for the Tasman Griffins in their South Island Championship match against Otago B this weekend after being in New Zealand for only a few days. According to some reports out of New Zealand he's on the radar of the Crusaders but he'll obviously have to get time with the Makos. 

If Davis plays in the tournament he'll join Chris Baumann as Americans coming from the U.S. to play in the competition this year. Baumann is already a key contributor for Wellington. Eagle Tony Lamborn is playing for Hawke's Bay while U.S.-eligible player Toni Pulu is with Counties Manukau. Canadian and San Diego Breaker Jake Ilnick is also playing in the competition. 

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National Teams/PRO Rugby:

The Pro12 has made even more noise that they plan on coming across the Atlantic.

If that is not enough Toulon are reportedly looking to Miami for a U.S.-based team and league.

We join Patrick Johnston of The Province and Martin Pengelly of The Guardian to talk about Olympic 7s and the Pro12 aims at North America.

It's not just America that are being considered for PRO 12 expansion, Canada is as well.

Atlanta is out as a stop on the Women's Sevens Series next year. There is a chance it could come back though. 

Carlin Isles is already looking forward to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo as is Ben Pinkelman.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Preview: Serevi RugbyTown 7s

One of the best 7s tournaments of the summer kicks off this weekend as top teams descend on Infinity Park for the Serevi RugbyTown 7s. The tournament has been a breeding ground for some of the top talent in the country over the last few years with Olympians having participated among several teams. Now that the U.S. is embarking on a new Olympic cycle and the team likely to test out new players this next season players at the Serevi RugbyTown 7s will have the opportunity to break on through. \

The tournament kicks off on Friday and will be streamed live on the Infinity Park website. To help get you prepped we have a quick look at each of the pools.

Pool A: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard

The Armed Forces pool is always one of the most competitive of the summer. These players play with a lot of passion and over the years have grown in skill. Army has traditionally been one of the strongest teams with a number of players in the WCAP program. We haven't been able to confirm but it wouldn't shock us to see the likes of Will Holder turn out for the team like he's done in the past.

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Atlanta Out As Women's Series Stop

World Rugby announced the tournament stops for the 2016-17 Women's World Sevens Series and the U.S. is not on the list. U.S.A. Rugby has hosted a tournament stop since the Series began in 2013 first in Houston and then in Atlanta. World Rugby has named five of the six stops so it's still possible that the U.S. will still have a chance to host a leg (rumor has it in March in San Diego but that is just a rumor). However, the negative for the U.S. hosting the tournament is that while the crowds have been enthusiastic they have never been large and the tournament has lost money every year.

In addition to the U.S. losing their stop Brazil has done the same with Sydney and Japan being added. The Series kicks off in Dubai in December followed by Sydney in February. It then takes a several month break before Kitakyshu in Japan in April, Victoria in May (which is a move later in the season), and Clermont-Ferrand in last June. The season is extending further in the year than in previous cycles.

Lindenwood Claim Red Bull Uni 7s

Bouncing back from some offseason turmoil Lindenwood got their fall season start off strong with a win at the Red Bull Uni 7s at Infinity Park. With the win the team has now earned a trip to England to play with some of the other top universities from around the world. With players like Sebastian Kalm on the roster the Lions didn't lose a match eventually defeating Arizona State 26-10 in the final. It wasn't always easy, including a nervy 14-2 win over Wyoming in their final pool play match and a 17-12 overtime win over Utah in the semi-finals. Still, the Lions have been an excellent 7s team in the last few years and that showed once again.

Runners-up Arizona State also had a nice team. They put up big scores over Denver, Utah, and Colorado in pool play before beating Wyoming 36-14 in the semi-finals. They eventually fell short against Utah 24-7 in the 3rd/4th place match. Utah struggled a bit early before coming on strong.

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