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Friday, November 9, 2018

Free Jacks To Host Irish Provincial 'A' Sides

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The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and the Free Jacks, New England’s newly announced Major League Rugby team, have joined forces to bring high-level professional rugby to the United States in the spring of 2019.

The competition, which features provincial “A” squads from Connacht, Leinster, Munster, Ulster, along with the nascent New England Free Jacks, will provide intense learning for up-and-coming professional players from both Ireland and the United States and provide a window into the excitement of high-quality rugby to the rapidly growing rugby fan base in the greater Boston area.

“We have a year to develop a high performing professional rugby club, on and off the field, and there is no more fitting and exciting way than to bring the tradition and excellence of Ireland Rugby to New England,” newly announced Chief Executive of the Free Jacks, Alex Magleby, said, noting the Free Jacks’ 2020 regular season entry into the Major League Rugby competition. “We very much look forward to hosting our Irish friends with open arms, treating them to classic New England hospitality with a boisterous crowd and worthy match day experiences.”

Fittingly, the opening round will feature the Free Jacks playing host to Connacht A on Saturday, March 16, to kick off the revelry of St Patrick’s Day weekend in Boston. On Wednesday, March 20, the Free Jacks will present an evening match between Connacht and Ulster, and on Sunday, March 24, Ulster A will take on New England to finish out Round I.

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Men Eagles Name Starters Against Samoa

Photo: Connie Hatfield
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Head Coach Gary Gold has named his side for the Men’s Eagles first test match of November with No. 16 Samoa this Saturday, Nov. 10 at 12:30 PM ET, LIVE on FloRugby.

The match-day 23 will feature several recognizable names who were made available after joining the squad from their professional setups overseas.

Among them are hooker Joe Taufete’e and prop Titi Lamositele who rejoin the forward pack. The backs are complemented by the return of Bryce Campbell and Paul Lasike who move in at center with Captain Blaine Scully jumping in at fullback.

Taking the pitch beside Captain Scully will be newcomer and wing Gannon Moore. Moore will earn his first cap as part of the starting XV.

Lock Greg Peterson and scrumhalf Ruben de Haas will both earn the start as well after competing as reserves last week in the Eagles loss to the Maori All Blacks.

De Haas jumps in for Shaun Davies who continues recovery following HIA protocol after being removed from the aforementioned battle with the Maori. Davis will support the squad from the sideline with the hope of being available for selection next week.

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Photo Gallery: Eagles At The Rugby Weekend

Photographer Connie Hatfield was at The Rugby Weekend and took some great shots that we are happy to share!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

U.S. Coaches, Players React To Rugby Weekend

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Navy Defeats Davenport

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On Saturday November 3rd, The Navy 1st XV travelled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to take on the 16th ranked Davenport Panthers. Kickoff went at 1100 on a beautiful Michigan fall day. The Midshipmen took the opening kick and methodically marched down the field capping off an impressive opening possession with a short burst by second row Phil Dalke for the game’s opening try. The kick was converted by Cole Euverard, and Navy had an early 7-0 lead. The teams then played territory for twenty minutes, feeling each other out before a pick off the base of the ruck by flanker Mike Galvan was dotted down with a good conversion to open up the lead to 14-0. Some sloppy play inside of their own 22 left the midshipman vulnerable and a quick linebreak from Davenport cut the Midshipman lead to 14-7. Five minutes before the half ended, front rower Bo Kendrick-Holmes drove over the line from five meters out to extend the lead back up to 21-7. The Midshipman conceded a penalty at the horn which was kicked for points, and the teams left the pitch at half time with the Midshipmen leading 21-10. 

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Kearns To Lead USA Selects In Opener

Head coach Scott Lawrence has named his side to face Uruguay in their Americas Pacific Challenge opener tomorrow in Montevideo, Uruguay. Leading the team are a number of capped Eagles including Nate Brakeley, Hanco Germishuys, Brendan Daley, Alex Maughan, Dylan Audsley, and Tim Maupin. Leading the team on the weekend is captain Conor Kearns. He'll pair with Nick Boyer in the halfbacks. Mika Kruse, who was a breakout player in Major League Rugby with Glendale last year, is on the wing opposite Maupin. Anthony Salaber and Audsley will form a Cal-St. Mary's center pairing. Life's Mitch Wilson is the fullback.

In the front Chance Wenglewski and John Hayden will be the props with Maughan as the hooker. Brakeley will bring a ton of experience to the lock position where he will pair with Taylor Krumrei. The back-row looks especially strong with Psalm Wooching, Germishuys, and Daly.

The bench is similarly loaded with experience. Angus McLellan, Matt Jensen, JP Eloff, and Ryan Matyas all carry a lot of experience with them.

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Connor Wallace-Sims Joins RUNY

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USA 7s player Connor Wallace-Sims has signed with Rugby United New York for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old, from Plymouth (UK), appeared in all 3 matches for RUNY during their 2018 exhibition season.

Wallace-Sims was introduced to the sport at the age of 9, while playing for his home town club Devonport Services. He then went on to play for Ivybridge College, a feeder team for Gallagher Premiership’s Exeter Chiefs. Impressive performances there caught the eye of Canterbury Rugby Football Club, in the National 2 league.

After strong showings in the National 2, Wallace-Sims was selected to play for the USA U20 team in the 2014 Junior World Rugby Trophy competition, featuring the game’s bright young stars from around the world. The team finished third, due in large part to the play of Wallace-Sims, beating Hong Kong, Georgia, and Uruguay along the way.

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