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Friday, October 5, 2018

Kearns To Lead USA Selects In Opener

Head coach Scott Lawrence has named his side to face Uruguay in their Americas Pacific Challenge opener tomorrow in Montevideo, Uruguay. Leading the team are a number of capped Eagles including Nate Brakeley, Hanco Germishuys, Brendan Daley, Alex Maughan, Dylan Audsley, and Tim Maupin. Leading the team on the weekend is captain Conor Kearns. He'll pair with Nick Boyer in the halfbacks. Mika Kruse, who was a breakout player in Major League Rugby with Glendale last year, is on the wing opposite Maupin. Anthony Salaber and Audsley will form a Cal-St. Mary's center pairing. Life's Mitch Wilson is the fullback.

In the front Chance Wenglewski and John Hayden will be the props with Maughan as the hooker. Brakeley will bring a ton of experience to the lock position where he will pair with Taylor Krumrei. The back-row looks especially strong with Psalm Wooching, Germishuys, and Daly.

The bench is similarly loaded with experience. Angus McLellan, Matt Jensen, JP Eloff, and Ryan Matyas all carry a lot of experience with them.

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Connor Wallace-Sims Joins RUNY

Press Release

USA 7s player Connor Wallace-Sims has signed with Rugby United New York for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old, from Plymouth (UK), appeared in all 3 matches for RUNY during their 2018 exhibition season.

Wallace-Sims was introduced to the sport at the age of 9, while playing for his home town club Devonport Services. He then went on to play for Ivybridge College, a feeder team for Gallagher Premiership’s Exeter Chiefs. Impressive performances there caught the eye of Canterbury Rugby Football Club, in the National 2 league.

After strong showings in the National 2, Wallace-Sims was selected to play for the USA U20 team in the 2014 Junior World Rugby Trophy competition, featuring the game’s bright young stars from around the world. The team finished third, due in large part to the play of Wallace-Sims, beating Hong Kong, Georgia, and Uruguay along the way.

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2021 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers Set

By Elie Mpovie

Details have been confirmed for the 2018 Americas Championship, that will act as a qualifier for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

The University of North Florida, Jacksonville, will host two double-header rounds on 13th and 17th November 2018 to determine which one of the four nations will qualify automatically, and which other has the opportunity to progress through a repechage in 2019.

In the opening games, Canada will face Jamaica and USA take on newcomers Chile, the first South American representatives. The winners will face each other for the right to qualify or gain a second chance, whilst the losers will also meet in a rankings Test match.

Much of the attention will focus on the appearance of the Chileans, who gained Affiliate status of the Rugby League International Federation earlier this year and where the sport is starting to make rapid strides.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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With the Saracens vs. Harlequins match on NBC this weekend both teams are showcasing Americans. Titi Lamositele will start for Saracens while Paul Lasike will do the same for the Harlequins. Outside of that it's a typical weekend for Americans overseas. Additionally, Blaine Scully will be out for a couple of months with an injury.

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Weekend Television LIstings

For American fans the start of the Eagles fall season begins this weekend as the USA Selects kick off the Americas Pacific Challenge. Additionally, it's a big weekend because the match between the Saracens and Harlequins will be live on NBC. 

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

  • Ulster vs. Connachts, 2:30 p.m. et/11:30 a.m. pt (live on ESPN+)
  • Glasgow vs. Zebre, 2:30 p.m. et/11:30 a.m. pt (live on ESPN+)
  • Edinburgh vs. Cheetahs, 2:30 p.m. et/11:30 a.m. pt (live on ESPN+)
  • Bath s. Exeter, 2:45 p.m. pt/11:45 a.m. pt (NBC Sports Gold)
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Women Eagles Picked For Fall Tour

Press Release

The Women's National Team has officially named its 34 player roster to face No. 1 New Zealand, No. 2 England and No. 8 Ireland for the upcoming November Internationals 2018.

After last taking the pitch for their fourth-place finish at Women's Rugby World Cup 2017, a new wave of players were selected from recent age-grade, senior high performance camp and Women's Premier League performances; bringing a diverse group of athletes for the upcoming November schedule.

During the Fall tour, the Women's Selects will also play an "A" level match to be announced later.

General Manager for Women's High Performance Emilie Bydwell said: "We are thrilled for the long anticipated return of the Women's 15s team to competition. Although the team has not assembled for matches in 14 months, there was significant work done in the background to ensure that we have the management staff, processes, players and competition structures in place to accelerate this program's development over the next three years.

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Former Eagles To Lead Atlanta Old White

Press Release

Atlanta Old White RFC is pleased to introduce the coaching staff for the 2018-2019 campaign. Head Coach and Director of High Performance, Francesco Balsas leads the high-caliber unit; which features homegrown talent and experienced high-level rugby talent. Coach Francesco returns for his 5th season (15 th year with AOW) as manager of AOW’s D2 program and welcomes back Justin ‘Telly’ Chappell (6th year with AOW) to lead the D3 team. Joining them on staff are a few new faces to the program, in former USA Eagles National Team players: Nese Malifa (Backs, Attack) and Phil Thiel (Forwards, Defense). 

“We are absolutely thrilled to have these coaches lead our program to new heights. AOW takes a good deal of pride in seeing Coach Francesco and Coach Telly have success in their leadership roles and it goes without saying how excited the organization is to add Coach Nese and Coach Phil. Their rugby experience will be an important asset to player development and, most importantly, their personalities fit extremely well with the culture here at AOW.” – Cathal Doyle, Director of Rugby, Atlanta Old White RFC.

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