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Friday, January 19, 2018

Philadelphia Whitemarsh Revitalizes 7s Program

Press Release

The Philadelphia Whitemarsh Rugby Football Club is pleased to announce the revitalization of their Sevens Program. Once regarded as one of the elite 7’s programs in the country, the Club plans to restore that reputation this upcoming season.

The player pool will consist of current club members, college players, as well as any other interested players living in the Greater Philadelphia Area. “Our goal is to build a fast-paced, energetic, and competitive sevens program that focuses on player development as much as results on the field. We also understand that cost can be prohibitive and want to provide an environment that allows everyone to compete.” – Tim Antoian, PWRFC President.

The player-oriented Sevens Program will be based at PW’s home training grounds in Conshohocken and will grant members the unique opportunity to choose the commitment and competitive level that best fits their needs. Players will be supported by an expert coaching staff with guest appearances from PW Legends - including Marcus Maffei, Keith Cassidy, George Sucher, Marsh Pennington, and Keith McLean. For more information, or to register for the team, please visit the PWRFC Website at pwrfc.com/sevens-rugby or email info@pwrfc.com.

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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It's another European weekend for Americans overseas. There are a smattering of players playing in the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup as well as the British & Irish Cup. In the Champions Cup Chris Wyles will start while both Samu Manoa and Greg Peterson are on the bench for their respective teams. In the Challenge Cup Blaine Scully gets the starting nod. More action is happening in the B&I Cup with Ronnie McLean, Dino Waldren, and Will Hooley all starting.

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TIAR Awards: Match of the Year--St. Mary's vs. Cal

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The votes are in and you've decided that the epic encounter between Cal and St. Mary's last march is the TIAR Award winner for Match of the Year. It's a deserved winner as the two college heavyweights played one of the best college matches in recent memory. The match won 64% of the vote. The match between the Eagles and Argentina XV claimed 25% with the Club 7s final getting 8% and U.S.A. vs. Italy getting 3%.

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Opening Kick


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National Teams/MLR:

Former Eagles prop Nick Wallace is headed back to Washington State to play with the Seawolves.

Chris Wyles, AJ MacGinty, Joe Taufete'e and Marcel Brache are up for our Overseas Player of the Year award. Two young France-based players are up for the Young Overseas Player award.

The NOLA Gold and the Capital Selects have named their rosters for the weekend.


Tai Tuisamoa is stepping in to be a player-coach at OMBAC this year.

Our first College Top Ten rankings of the season are up with St. Mary's on top.


Liam Messam could be the latest All Black to leave New Zealand. 

Weekend Television Listings

It's a European weekend once again with a trio of matches on ESPN3/WatchESPN. There are also two college matches on FLO Rugby.    

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

  • Montpelier vs. Leinster, 8:00 a.m. et/5:00 a.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Clermont vs. Ospreys, 10:15 a.m. et/7:15 a.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • LSU vs. Life, 1:00 p.m. et/10:00 a.m. pt (live on FLO Rugby)
  • Stade Fran├žais vs. Edinburgh, 3:00 p.m. et/12:00 p.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Texas Tech vs. Baylor, 3:00 p.m. et/12:00 p.m. pt (live on FLO Rugby)
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

VOTE: TIAR Awards--Young Overseas Player of the Year

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When you look at the number of young Americans getting an opportunity overseas you realize just how hard it is for players to get a chance. Right now there isn't a player like Titi Lamositele out there getting time with a major club with the exception of one player. There are a few that are getting time at smaller clubs which is also good. With that in mind this year's nominees are Mose Fualaau from the Clermont Academy and Siaosi Mahoni from Narbonne. Fualaau is in one of the best academies in Europe and they are staying patient with his development but there are good signs. Mahoni already has a couple of appearances off the bench for Narbonne.

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Nick Wallace Joins Seawolves

Press Release

The Seattle Seawolves have announced the signing of Bellingham native and former USA Eagle prop, Nick Wallace.

“We warmly welcome Nick to the Seawolves front row,” said Seawolves head coach Tony Healy. “He is a character man who will be relied upon to provide go-forward ball as well as the platform from which our backs can attack. His experience with the Eagles and desire to return to international form will considerably aid our forward pack.”

Wallace was born in Bellingham, Washington and began playing rugby in middle school with Chuckanut Bay Rugby Club. While attending Squalicum High School, he found success in football while continuing to perform as a standout player in rugby. After accepting a scholarship to Western Washington University in 2008 to play football, Wallace realized his true passion was in rugby. Following his red-shirt first semester at Western, Wallace transferred south to play prop with rugby powerhouse Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California where he earned the honors of being a four-time Collegiate All-American. After finishing his collegiate career, Wallace had his first appearance with the USA Eagles Select XVs in June of 2013 and scored his first International try a few months later in a victory over Georgia. Following appearances with the national team against the likes of New Zealand, Japan, and Canada, Wallace took his skills to Colorado in 2016 to compete in the Denver Stampede.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue pushing Rugby in the right direction in this country,” said Wallace. “I feel very fortunate and I am excited to get to be a part of the first professional rugby team in the pacific northwest!”