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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Opening Kick

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Denver will head into their match against Ohio with a four point advantage after beating San Francisco.

Highlights of the match, which was really terrific, can be found here.

The Rugby Republic has a nice profile of San Francisco's Devereaux Ferris.

Pat Clifton chats with new U.S.A. Rugby CEO Dan Payne about a variety of subjects.

The local news has more on Carlin Isles as well as Madison Hughes.

The Girl's High School All-Americans are set for their two match trip to Quebec.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Video Highlights: Denver Beats San Francisco

Huns Book Trip To Club 7s Nationals

Photo: Norma Salinas
Press Release

Austin, TX (July 25, 2016). – The Red River Rugby Conference (RRRC) concluded its final 2016 National 7s qualifier play this past weekend. The Austin Huns were deemed conference champions after securing conference points through the 3-tournament series. This championship qualifies the Austin Huns for the USA Rugby National Championships in Denver August 13-14, 2016 and it is the first time the club has qualified in its 44-year history.

The Austin Huns and Little Rock Stormers began the tournament tied for the number one seed in the RRRC, with the Dallas Reds not trailing far behind. The Huns and Stormers fought to secure the conference championship, while the Reds battled for a tournament win and a national tournament berth possibility with a finals win.

The Austin Huns started the final series in typical fashion, dominating 'Pool A' through unselfish play, attaining the restart, and controlling the breakdowns. Huns opened the series against HARC winning 31-7, then took their efforts into the second match shutting out Ft. Hood Phantoms 33-0. The final pool match was an early title preview as the Austin Huns met the Dallas Reds, emerging victorious with a 19-12 final score.

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Denver Come Back To Beat San Francisco

The Denver Stampede were already going to have a shot at the title next week against Ohio before their match against San Francisco but the Rush have been rapidly improving to end the season and the Stampede risked losing momentum had they fallen at Boxer Stadium. However, using a late comeback they went on to win 31-24 and now have an advantage heading into the next week.  The Rush showed exactly why they have been one of the hottest teams in the last few weeks with arguably their best display of the season. In the end it was the experience of Denver to capitalize on mistakes from San Francisco that was the difference.

Showing their improvement the Rush wasted no time getting on the board just two minutes in. Keeping the ball Jake Anderson was able to make a break who passed with one hand to Nick Blevins who then found Pila Iongi for the try. It was a brilliant start for San Francisco and gave them confidence throughout the match. They nearly doubled that match a few minutes later when Orene Ai'i intercepted a pass but he was caught just short of the line leading to a knock-on.

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Nike Rugby Camps Fast Approaching

Press Release

July 21, 2016 – As the rugby landscape in America continues to grow, more high school players are looking for opportunities to play for a competitive college program. “We recognize the need for high school aged players to connect with college coaches and ultimately choose the right university to attend”, stated Ethan Willis longtime director of Nike Rugby Camps in San Diego. “Subsequently, in 2016, we have brought university coaches into our camp structure to give our campers a glimpse of what it takes to compete at the collegiate level.”

Nike Rugby Camps’ first intensive college showcase camp in San Diego will run from July 31st to August 3rd at the University of San Diego. Joining an already accomplished staff of USA players and coaches including Rob Hoadley, Mikey Teo and Tai Tuisamoa, will be coaches from UCLA, Saint Mary’s, San Diego State, Claremont and other regional universities.

“Bringing in top-level college coaches adds a new dimension to the camp,” said Jason West, senior vice president for Nike Rugby Camps. “Campers with aspirations of competing in the college ranks can gain some real insight into the college game and that has value for many of these young athletes."

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Harlequins Set For U.S. Visit

Press Release

Harlequins rugby club, one of England’s top professional rugby union teams, has today confirmed that it will travel to San Francisco, California, this week to prepare for the 2016/17 Aviva Premiership season.

Widely recognised across the globe due to its eight affiliates clubs in Dallas, Pretoria, Melbourne, Hobart, Hamilton, Kenya, Kolkata and Abu Dhabi, Harlequins is one of the six oldest rugby clubs in England and will use the tour to San Francisco to kick-off its 150th anniversary season.

Arriving on Saturday 30th July and departing eight days later, the 54 man squad, containing 16 international players, will capitalise on the strategic partnership set up with USA Rugby last year by helping to expand and develop the game within San Francisco and the Bay Area communities.

The Harlequins team will train at the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club, Treasure Island and the Club would like to invite members of the US media to interview the Harlequins coaches and players from 14:00 Tuesday 1st August and Thursday 4thAugust, before watching an open training session.

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Utah, Kansas City Qualify For Club 7s Nationals

Press Release

Salt Lake City, UT—The Pioneer 7s Rugby Tournament finished with two champions as the Glendale Raptors took home the Qualifier Division while Humless 7s notched another Open Division title.

Also notching a victory on the day were the Kansas City Blues who claimed a berth to the USA Rugby Club 7s National Championships.

A full two-days of rugby 7s saw 20 teams compete in their respective divisions while over 100 kids attended a youth clinic on Friday to open the weekend’s events.

The Qualifier Division saw four of the top men’s teams in the Frontier Region face off in the final qualifier of the season before the USA Rugby Club National Championships August 13-15.

Having won the first two Qualifiers, the Denver 7s and the Heartland 7s, Rugby Utah’s state-based elite representative 7s team, the National Development Academy (NDA), supported by GoPlay Sports Tours, was playing to defend its home turf and build towards nationals.

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