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Friday, April 24, 2015

PRP Power Rankings: OMBAC Move Up, Glendale Hold First

Only a couple of changes to this week's Power Rankings. Glendale hold on to the top spot while OMBAC move up to number two ahead of SFGG.

1. Glendale Raptors (7-3-0, Last Week: 1, lost to Belmont Shore 27-22): Although it was tempting to drop Glendale down after their loss to Belmont Shore the fact that they were missing a few players to international absences there wasn't enough to justify the drop. No question the Raptors have to be a little concerned after the loss. Up next: Denver Barbarians

2. OMBAC  (7-4-0, LW: 3, beat Santa Monica 78-24): OMBAC do have a game in hand over fellow chasers but that shouldn't take away from the fact that they have saved some of their best rugby for late in season. They've even been missing Zach Pangelinan, Todd Clever, and Yoshio Kimishima. Up next: Bye

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DI-A, DI-AA Playoff Preview & Predications

Photo: Judy Teasdale
DI-A Quarterfinals

St. Mary's vs. Utah

For us this is the most intriguing match-up of the weekend. Defending champion St. Mary's have once again been outstanding. Dylan Audsley, Vili Helu, Cooper Maloney, Dino Waldren, and Kingsley McGowan have all been at the heart of the Gaels over the last year and have plenty of experience. Utah have been improving as the spring progressed. The Utes have always had Tonata Lauti and Danny Christensen propelling them but they've gotten more contributions from other players as well. That's really made them stand out at times.

Both Utah and St. Mary's have losses to Cal and BYU albeit by different margins. St. Mary's was able to keep it close against those schools and arguably should have won at least one of the matches while Utah lost big to both. What gives Utah hope that they can beat the Gaels is the fact that they've already done it once this year, a 49-21 win back in March. However, St. Mary's did rest some players as they played BYU the next day. When the two teams played back in January St. Mary's won 81-15. We think this match will be close but with St. Mary's going through.

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ARP Preview: Life Look To Clinch First

Once again their are two matches on tap this weekend in the American Rugby Premiership. Life will host Boston while Old Blue will host the Wolfhounds.

Life vs. Boston 

It's taken six weeks into the season but Life officially have the opportunity to clinch as the top team in the competition with a win this week. The Running Eagles were without Phil Thiel and AJ MacGinty last week but it didn't seem to slow them down much as they beat the Wolfhounds 39-13. Helping fill the void for the team were the likes of Blane McIlroy. However, with the DI-A playoffs starting this weekend for Life those players will be missing. Still, players like Tom Katzfey, Kris Headlee, Shaun Davies, and Cornelius Dirksen should be enough to overcome Boston.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Americans are back at it in a big way overseas this weekend. Topping the list is the huge clash between Northampton and Saracens in the Premiership. The teams sit one and two respectively in the standings and while Saracens can't catch Northampton with a win they would put themselves in position do to so with two games remaining. Samu Manoa will start for Northampton while Chris Wyles will do the same for Saracens. Also in the Premiership, Blaine Scully will start and Eric Fry will come off the bench. Down in the lower leagues some have already completed play while others are getting to the end of their seasons. Ealing are set for promotion next year with Ronnie McLean in tow. Also, Taku Ngwenya will start for Biarritz.

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Weekend Television Listings


If you are a rugby fan (which you all are) you are going to enjoy this weekend. If you like Super Rugby there is a full slate of matches. If you like the Premiership (including a top match between Northampton and Saracens), Pro 12, or Top 14 you are also covered. If that's not your think there are three DI-A quarterfinals set to be streamed, the NSCRO finals, ACRC 7s, a PRP match, and an ARP match. Unfortunately the women's spring DI and DII playoffs and the DI-AA regionals won't be streamed.     

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

  • Bath vs. London Irish, 2:30 p.m. et/11:30 a.m. pt (live on beIN Sports Connect)
  • Bath vs. London Irish, 7:00 p.m. et/4:00 p.m. pt (delay on beIN Sports)  
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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

National Teams:
It wasn't the prettiest of matches but the Eagles Select came away from Uruguay with a 13-3 win. The last 20 minutes of the match are available here.

Alex Goff has hit thoughts on the match with a few quick quotes from Mike Tolkin.

Changes have been made to the College All-American program. Chief among them is a new coaching staff being brought in led by Dartmouth's Gavin Hickie.


St. Mary's and Utah have split their season series so far making Saturday's playoff match a must watch.

Army will take on Davenport in the DI-A quarterfinals this weekend and the school offers a preview.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Eagles Select Win Late Over Uruguay

It wasn't the most attractive rugby match the Eagles Select have played this year but it might have been one of the most impressive in recent memory. Prepping for the World Cup later this year the Eagles Select opened up their tour of South America with a 13-3 win over Uruguay. Beating the Teros is difficult and it wasn't made an easier as the U.S. played down a man for most of the match. Still, the U.S. showed a lot of poise and finished out the game in strong fashion gaining confidence heading into their two match series against the Argentina Jaguars.

The purpose of the Eagles Select tour was to get high-level playing time, test players in adverse conditions, and see how might make the World Cup squad. Head coach Mike Tolkin has to be pleased in the way his team played today. It wasn't perfect, especially in the discipline department, but in several key areas the players stepped up and performed.

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