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Friday, September 30, 2016

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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For several Americans overseas they are settling in to regular starting spots at this point in the season.  Chris Wyles has long returned from his Olympic layoff and has been a regular in the starting line-up for Saracens. Unfortunately Titi Lamositele hasn't seen any first team action. However, he is playing in the 'A' League. Also settling into a starting role is AJ MacGinty who gets the nod for Sale once again. Blaine Scully is also in the same boat starting on the wing for Cardiff. Cam Dolan is still missing out. Greg Peterson will also miss out as he nurses and injury from last weekend.

Down in France, teams in the D2 have the weekend off but Eric Fry and St. Nazaire are back at it this weekend. The shift in the Federale 1 pools seems to be working with the top teams getting in a high level of play. Elsewhere in Europe and the Southern Hemisphere players will get starts at lower levels.

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Rugby East Drop: Friday Night Action in Morgantown

by Ryan J. Trost
This is American Rugby – Rugby East

Wheeling’s goal this year is clear. They expect to get deeper into the playoffs than they have ever been. As a team and as individuals, they have bones to pick with Top-20 voters and others who perhaps haven’t believed in them yet. That emotional fire is a dangerous element, if not channeled smartly though.

Last week’s Iona match proves as much. It was a game their head coach, Tommy Duffy described as one of the chippiest he has seen as a college coach. It is also a game in which his team was trailing 19-7 at around the 33 minute mark. Allan Hanson then took matters into his own hands, closing the half on a ten point swing. First, he slotted a penalty goal, making Iona pay for an infringement at the ruck. Shortly after regaining possession, Hanson slipped the gap off a breakdown, stepped the tracking defender and then finished the move by wrong footing on the Iona Fullback at the five meter line.

Still down 19-17 at half time, Duffy calmed his troops, “Our guys reacted instead of just playing. We had to go out in the second half and start playing our game.” The rest is history. 27 unanswered points, a 44-19 win.

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Weekend Television Listings

The Rugby Championship is set to dominate the viewing schedule once again and with matches in South Africa and Argentina fans are going to have a great opportunity to watch matches live at a decent time. If the Rugby Championship isn't your thing then the Premiership will be on NBCSN twice this weekend albeit on delay. There is also the Top 14 and Pro12.         

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

  • Connacht vs. Edinburgh, 2:35 p.m. et/11:35 a.m pt (live on The Rugby Channel)
  • Northampton vs. Exeter, 2:45 p.m. et/11:45 a.m. pt (NBCSports.com)

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Eagles Selects Named For APC

As expected a young team has been named for the Eagles Selects as they head to the Americas Pacific Challenge. The squad is young but full of players that have recently been on tour with the College All-Americans or who have spent the season playing in PRO Rugby. Because this is the start of the next World Cup cycle the tournament is being used to help identify players that can contribute in the short-term as well as potentially at the World Cup. The only overseas player in the squad is Christian Ostberg from Aurillac. He's been on the Eagles radar for awhile and this is his chance to shine.

Other players on the roster include a number of Eagles 7s players. Martin Iosefo has been a name linked to a potential impact on the 15s team as a center and this will be his opportunity. The same goes for Pat Blair who is making the move to hooker. Matai Leuta will also get to show what he can do in 15s.

As expected with a young side there are also a number of college players on the team. Matt Jensen comes from BYU, Alex Maughan from Life, and Malon Al-Jiboori and Chance Wenglewski from Lindenwood.

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Opening Kick

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National Teams/PRO Rugby/ODAs:

The Eagles 7s have named their first training squad of the season. There are a lot of new faces with many returning ones. However, there are a couple of noticeable absences.

The latest Red, White, and Black Eye  podcast is out talking all things American rugby.


Analyst, coach, and fan Rob Chudzik put together a map of every rugby team in the country.

Rugby East correspondent Ryan Trost looks at the DI-A Top 20 rankings as well as Penn State's upcoming double.

Martin Pengelly has a great article on Atavus helping Rutgers learn how to tackle.

Doug Coil reports on Notre Dame College's win over Life.

Staying with Life, they are getting set for a Penn State rematch.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rugby East Drop on Penn State’s Bona-Buffalo Double

by Ryan J. Trost
This is American Rugby – Rugby East

Much like Army’s schedule demanded last week, Penn State will be taking on the Buffalo area double header in week-four. The schedule is slightly different for the Nittany Lions. They will host St. Bonaventure on Friday night before travelling to Buffalo for UB on Saturday. It is only a slight wrinkle of difference and Blake Burdette’s team will approach the logistics in much the same fashion. The Friday night tilt with Tui Osborne and the Bonnies will see more of the team’s upper classmen in action, while a separate travel team for Saturday will be comprised of more of the Lions’ younger athletes.

That doesn’t necessarily mean an easier match for Mike Hodgins and the UB Bulls. Penn State has a very deep talent drop. Players like Mike Dabulas, Jack McLean (both sophomores), Kyle Crawford and Jordan Croft (both freshmen) have a wealth of experience already under their belts with the Nittany Lions.

Dabulas is the guy Burdette highlighted this week as perhaps the best overall player among his halfback pairings, which is saying something. Both Jimmy Ronan and Thomas Del Pino are potential All-Americans at #9 and #10 who have been noted by peers across D1A over the years.

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