Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving From TIAR!

We want to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving! We're taking the day off but we'll resume tomorrow with another full slate of articles, including something from Eagles 7s head coach Mike Friday. But in the meantime here is a list of things we're thankful for this year.
  • Our readers: We couldn't do it without you so thanks for tuning. It's rewarding knowing that so many people enjoy our content.
  • Rugby: It's the sport that makes this all possible. The greatest sport in the world. 
  • The Eagles-All Blacks match: It was simply amazing to see so many rugby fans from around the country gather in one place to celebrate rugby. 
  • Our sponsors: Without them we wouldn't exist so a big thank you to Canterbury, Serevi Rugby, Grubber, Royal Rugby Boots, Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Marketplace, and USA Sevens. 
  • Todd Clever's beard and the nickname Smashquatch. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Winners & Losers: Eagles November Series

With the Eagles November series in the books it's time to see who won from the tour and who didn't.


Taku Ngwenya: Essentially written off as having a chance (or desire) to play for the Eagles again Ngwenya was given a lifeline and took full advantage of his reprieve. He only played in two matches but he was fantastic and gives the Eagles an excellent option on the wing. With Blaine Scully, Taku Ngwenya, and Chris Wyles in the deep three with Brett Thompson is reserve the Eagles look strong.

Greg Peterson and John Cullen: The Eagles talked about having an expanded playing pool as a benefit of missing their Premiership players but in the end really only Peterson and Cullen emerged as options from extended play. The locks are a deep position so both aren't guaranteed to make the World Cup but they certainly helped their cause. We don't think it would be a stretch to see Peterson start in England.

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NSCRO Planning 7s Championship, Seeking Qualifier Hosts

Press Release

The 2015 NSCRO 7s Men's Small College National Championship is returning to Philadelphia, PA on May 30 and May 31 and is again being held in conjunction with the CRC 7s run by United World Sports (formerly USA Sevens). Eight teams will head to Philadelphia for a chance to be crowned the Small College National 7s Champion. Both the semifinals and final are planned to take place in PPL Park Stadium on June 1. All pool play matches on Saturday and consolation matches on Sunday will take place on the new world-class grass field built this Fall next to the stadium. Last year's final won by New England College over New Mexico Highlands University was an outstanding match and played before thousands of fans in the stadium.

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Northeast ODA Teams Picked For New York 7s

Press Release

The Northeast ODA Sevens program has announced three teams to compete in the Elite Division of the New York 7’s to be held at Randall’s Island on November 29th, 2014. They will compete as an Empire squad, a New England squad and a third invitational, mostly collegiate squad, and be led by the regular coaching platoon of Steve Lewis, Sean Horan, John McGeachy and Josh Smith.  The tournament will be used as a final selection vehicle for the Northeast ODA squad which will travel to the Caribbean in December to defend their Tobago Invitational Sevens Title. “After a long summer of sevens and a tough fall schedule for many clubs, there are numerous ODA players injured and unavailable for these upcoming tournaments, but we are confident that other Northeast players will take the opportunity to step up and showcase their talents” said Head Coach Steve Lewis.

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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 bRugby Marketplace, your independent rugby store! 

Make sure you check out TIAR's annual holiday gift guide!

National Teams:

The local paper in Montana checks in with Martin Iosefo and his selection for Dubai.

Thanks to his performance over the weekend Ronnie McLean is this week's Rugby Marketplace Player of the Week.

Blaine Scully says his Leicester team is starting to sneak up on other teams.

Pat Clifton takes his guess at who might be on the Eagles World Cup roster while Jackie Finlan checks in with the women's 7s team in Dubai.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

TIAR's Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time of year where the holidays are just around the corner. For the rugby fan it's about getting the perfect gift for themselves or for someone else. Once again we've got you covered with our TIAR Holiday Gift Guide! In this guide we're offering suggestions from our partners Grubber, Rugby Marketplace, Canterbury, Serevi Rugby, and Royal Rugby Boots.

*Click on any picture to be taken to the product.

Grubber: The shirts at Grubber are designed to be more than just something to be worn to the pitch, there are designed to look good in any situation. Grubber's goal is to provide  comfortable and contemporary rugby apparel that any fan can proudly wear. Currently featuring shirts inspired by the culture of rugby around the world each shirt is something unique that will get people talking. No matter if it's hot outside and you need a nice looking tee, it's a little chillier and you need long-sleeves, or whether it's down right cold and you need a unique hoodie, Grubber has the answer.

This year Grubber is highlighting their Tradition collection honors the 1920 and 1924 Gold Medal winning U.S. Olympic teams while also looking forward to 2016. Look stylish while honoring American rugby history. Also, show your pride in the Eagles with a 50 States shirt.

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Rugby Marketplace Player of the Week: Ronnie McLean

Until a few weeks ago only the diehard readers of our Eagles Abroad segment knew about Ronnie McLean. How the times have changed. After a debut performance in which he was put out of position at fullback (he's normally a center) and handed the kicking duties McLean was one of the outstanding performers for the Eagles against Fiji and he put himself in World Cup contention. His pass that sprung Ngwenya for a try was a thing of beauty, his kicks weren't from difficult position but they looked solid, and he generally got the Eagles going in a positive direction. From a coach's standpoint you can't ask for much more and that's why we've named him our Rugby Marketplace Player of the Week.

Rugby Marketplace is your independent rugby retailer. No frills, just rugby. We aim to bring you some of the amazing things that have fallen through the cracks. That can be books, boots, balls, odds and ends, accessories, or anything thing else that comes our way. Help support independent rugby and shop Rugby Marketplace!