Friday, December 19, 2014

More On The Girls High School All-Americans


U.S.A. Rugby recently announced the creation of the Girl's High School All-American program. We spoke with Julie Prentice from Serevi Rugby and coach Mollie McCarthy about how the program came together and future plans.

TIAR: The Girl's High School All-American program seems like a no-brainer. Why do you think it taken this long for the program to take shape?

Julie Prentice, Serevi Rugby: Like many other sports in America, women’s rugby has been playing catch up to our brothers in rugby since the beginning. I think anyone would recognize there are certainly some social stereotypes around female athletes and contact sports that have impacted adoption of the sport and therefore the creation of an All-American program for girls. Like any similar All-American program, there needs to be a certain critical mass around the sport before there is traction for such a team. We’re absolutely committed to creating that critical mass and pushing the sport to the tipping point that is needed.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview


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Americans in Europe return to league play this weekend after spending a couple of weekends in the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup. The biggest match-up for Americans involves Blaine Scully and Leicester taking on Samu Manoa and Northampton. Both players are set to start. Chris Wyles is the other player in the Premiership scheduled to start with Eric Fry on the bench. The other players in the Premiership are expected to see time in the 'A' League on Monday. Todd Clever will once again be involved for the NTT Shining Arcs. Elsewhere, players in Ireland will have a full weekend as will plays in the Pro D2 and the Eccellenza.  

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Report: Wallabies Want To Play The Eagles In Chicago


Even before the New Zealand Rugby Union announced that they had turned an expected million dollar loss into a modest profit following the All Blacks-Eagles match in Chicago it was expected that several of the world's top national teams and club teams would want to do come to America to cash in. Leicester and Toulon have already signaled they want in and now it appears that Australia want the same. According to a report in The Courier Mail in Australia the Wallabies would like to play the Eagles in Chicago ahead of next year's World Cup.

The move makes sense for Australia considering their money problems. With no incoming teams next year the Wallabies need to look elsewhere for money. In addition to the proposed Eagles match they are also looking to play the Barbarians in London. The report says that there could be a total of AU$3-5 million coming in from the two matches.

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Weekend Television Listings



The European Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup have finished up for the calendar year as has the HSBC Sevens Series leaving fewer viewing options this weekend. Still, the Guinness Pro12 and the Aviva Premiership will once again be available on beIn Sports and beIN Sports Connect. 

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

Friday:
  • Leinster vs. Connacht, 2:15 p.m. et/11:15 a.m. pt (live on beIN Sports Connect)
  • Sharks vs. Exeter, 2:30 p.m. et/11:30 a.m. pt (live 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 bRugby Marketplace, your independent rugby store! 

Make sure you check out TIAR's annual holiday gift guide! You can also take advantage of some great sales currently underway.

National Teams:

If the U.S. is going to get professional rugby could it come from MLS? We take a look based on some digging we've done. 

Fans hoping to see an Eagles match in Seattle could get a boost if a rumored stadium comes to fruition. 

Thanks to their 6th place finish this year the Women Eagles have automatically qualified for the 2017 World Cup

Head coach Ric Suggitt says it's all starting to come together for the Women Eagles 7s

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Could American Pro Rugby Come From MLS?

BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston has hosted strong rugby crowds.

Professional rugby is something that every American rugby fan wants. Whether it's the NRFL, U.S.A. Rugby's own competition, professional 7s, or whatever else fans are despite to see more high level rugby more regularly. However, it's very possible that when professional rugby does happen in this country it won't be from one of the groups listed above but could come from a source not many have thought of: soccer.

Through various conversations TIAR has learned that some Major League Soccer teams are taking the idea of starting professional rugby teams very seriously. Some teams already have a strong connection to rugby, the Kansas City Blues coming under the Sporting Kansas City banner for example, while others plan on making rugby a bigger part of their organizations over the next few years. It's still very early and a long way off but with stadiums in place and deep pocketed owners it's something to take very seriously.

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Rumor: Seattle Looking For New Stadium, Could Be Used For Rugby


Seattle is quickly becoming the epicenter of rugby in the United States. It has both arguably the best youth coaching in the country and the best men's club. The college scene in the region is going strong and they already have a varsity program in Central Washington. Seattle also even hosted the National Club 7s last year bringing in a very strong crowd and generally appeasing all involved. However, for all that success the one thing Seattle has been missing is a major Eagles match.

The problem has been that Seattle hasn't had an appropriate venue. The Starfire Sports Complex, where the National Club 7s was held, only has a maximum capacity of 4,500. There is a big jump after that. The next appropriate venue is Memorial Stadium in the shadow of the Space Needle but the surface is terrible and the stadium is very old. Up from that there is CenturyLink Field where the Seattle Sounders and the Seattle Seahawks play. 67,000 seats is far too many and even if they capped the capacity in the lower bowl it's still too many. Plus, the field isn't great.

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