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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Eagles Name Starters To Face Canada


The Eagles have made near wholesale changes to their line-up as expected as the team gets ready for their Pacific Nations Cup finale against Canada on Monday. Having rested most of their starters against Tonga head coach Mike Tolkin will return to the line-ups that saw success against Samoa and Japan.

Up front Eric Fry and Titi Lamositele will start at prop. Both have done very well this tournament. They will be joined by Zack Fenoglio. The Glendale hooker has seen a lot of time this PNC and with solid play you have to wonder if he has surpassed Tom Coolican as the back-up hooker. In the locks Hayden Smith and Greg Peterson will start. With Lou Stanfill still nursing an injury Smith and Peterson are the only natural locks on the roster.

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U.S. vs. Tonga: Eagles Player Grades


To put the finishing touches on the Eagles-Tonga match we have our player grades. As expected, these are our lowest grades of the year following the loss.

Mate Moeakiola, 47 minutes (5): Another so-so performance from Moeakiola. He's probably done enough to make the World Cup team but there could be improvement.

Phil Thiel, 40 minutes (5): He did a decent job as captain but the line out wasn't function well (a matter of timing) and there were a few other things that could have been cleaned up.

Chris Baumann, 80 minutes (4): Of all the players on the pitch Wednesday Baumann had the most to gain and lose from his performance. It looks like it's the latter as Baumann gave away a couple of costly penalties and wasn't as solid in the scrum as we would have liked to see. He may not get another crack at making the World Cup team.

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Old Blue Name Squad For Club 7s Nationals

Press Release

Having finished 4th, 3rd and 2nd in the last three years, Coach Steve Lewis is looking to go one better and feels this is the deepest squad the New York club has fielded in some time. “Old Blue has a proud sevens heritage and despite missing the fast feet of Luke Hume and promising youngster Connor Wallace-Sims through injury, I am confident this group, led by Eagle Nate Augspurger, has the firepower to mount a serious challenge. I believe that the Northeast comp is the most competitive in the country and we will be all the better for it, having been tested regularly by other talented Northeast clubs such as fellow qualifiers Mystic, our crosstown rivals NYAC, and the Bulldogs.

Squad: Michael Al-Jiboori, Nate Augspurger (capt), James Bird, Dylan Carrion, Marcus Henderson, Harry Higgins, Rich Kirkland, Derek Lipscomb, Bobby McMahon, Gavan D’Amore Morrison, Mike St.Clare, Alex Schwarz, Dom Wareing

Alternates: Paris Hollis, JJ Corpuz-Jackson

Coach – Steve Lewis

USA Touch Spreading To Utah

Press Release

Salt Lake City, UT–Rugby Utah (RU), the USA Rugby sanctioned governing body for the sport in Utah, announced today the formation of the country’s first USA Touch sanctioned community and recreational Touch Rugby League.

Rugby is now America’s fastest growing sport and Utah outpaces the country average in participation growth. Such growth has led to the interest in all types of rugby play, including Touch Rugby, which is a fast-moving and fun non-contact version of the contact game.

“Touch Rugby is fun for players of all ages and skill levels,” said Rugby Utah director Kimball Kjar, “It teaches basic skill development of passing and running. But more importantly it’s a community building sport that’s also a fun way to get some good exercise for those of us who could use it.”
The RU Touch Rugby League will feature four divisions: High School, Men’s Corporate, Men’s Elite and Adult Co-Ed. Each division will have limited spots available for teams, so early registration is recommended.

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Canadian Rugby Centre Of Excellence Receives Funding Boost

Press Release

LANGFORD, BC – John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North  was joined today by Stewart Young, Mayor of Langford, and Graham Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Rugby Canada to announce that the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence – High Performance Training Centre Project has been selected for priority funding consideration under the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component.

The training centre will be based in the Vancouver Island community of Langford, which is also the home of Rugby Canada. The proposed 19,000 square foot, two-storey facility will have the capacity to have all of Rugby Canada’s teams train in one location. The building will be used by high-performance amateur athletes as well as the general public.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

2014-15 College All-Americans Announced


U.S.A. Rugby has announced their list of College All-Americans for the 2014-15 season. The first team All-Americans reads like a list of who's who in college rugby with the likes of Jake Anderson (both the Cal and Life versions!), Niku Kruger, Kalei Konrad, Kyle Sumsion, JP Eloff, Alec Gletzer, Madison Hughes, Angus MacLellan, and more on the roster.

Once again there are a number of star selections on the All-American 7s team. Including repeats Eloff, Hughes, Anderson (Cal version), and Aladdin Schirmer.

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Weekend Television Listings

 


It's going to be one of the quietest weeks of the year in terms of viewing. Fans are going to have to wait until next Monday to get rugby with the conclusion of the Pacific Nations Cup in Vancouver. Once again it's a triple-header with the Eagles taking on Canada at 5:00 p.m. et/2:00 p.m. pt.  

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

Monday:
  • Tonga vs. Japan, 2:00 p.m. et/11:00 a.m pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Eagles vs. Canada, 5:00 p.m. et/2:00 p.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Fiji vs. Samoa, 8:00 p.m. et/5:00 p.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)