Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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!

Bulldogs, Serevi Announce New York Rugby 7s Squad

Press Release

New Haven, CT - Bulldog Rugby Powered by Serevi formally announces its squad for the New York Rugby 7s, held on Randall’s Island on Saturday, November 29th. Bulldog Rugby of Connecticut and Serevi Rugby of Seattle are providing the core of players for this elite invitational side that will compete in the Premier Division that includes top teams from Canada, and two teams from the Northeast Olympic Development Academy. More information on the tournament can be found at

The team will train in the New Haven area in the lead-up to the event before departing for the Saturday tournament. The Bulldog Rugby Powered by Serevi Squad is as follows:

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South Panthers Busy Preparing For NACRA Run

As we've noted before, one of the most exciting things we've covered on the site was the South Panthers run to the NACRA title in 2012. The team fell short last year in their quest to repeat but they are back again this year and ready to make a run to the title. With several years of experience behind them the team has learned different ways of managing the group. We spoke with head coach Rene Daniels about the preparation, processes, and goals for next year.

TIAR: What are your biggest takeaways from last year's campaign both on the playing field and logistically?

Rene Daniels: At the end of last year we sent a survey out to the entire team for feedback both positive and negative asking players what they liked and did not like. From this feedback we have made changes from top to bottom mostly with off field requirements. Gary Kent was brought in as the full time manager and it is working out very well. Our use of technology has increased dramatically making our logistics far better with the players. We have continual updates to players instantly through team texts, e-mail and other means. We also now have online registration prior to each camp which gives the coaching staff instant information on who is showing up for the open camp. Gary has written a Panther handbooks that now lists all requirements of players including the selection process and what is required of each player to be selected for an International match.

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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! 

We're launching TIAR 2.0 but need your help do to it. We're raising funds to improve the website and give you a better experience. Now if you donate to TIAR you will get a discount at The Rugger's Edge.

National Teams:

They didn't win but it was a better overall result for the Eagles last weekend and that's reflected in their player grades

In case you missed it from last Saturday you can check out the full Eagles-Fiji match. You can also check out Thretton Palamo put in this massive hit

The Women Eagles 7s have been selected for Dubai and included is speedster Jessica Javelet. 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Video: Wyles Bags Brace For Saracens

It was the battle of Americans over the weekend as Chris Wyles and Saracens went up against Samu Manoa and Northampton. The Saints may have gotten the win but Wyles finished the day two tries.