Friday, August 1, 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! 

We are very proud to launch the TIAR Network. A group of sites dedicated to covering rugby at the grassroots level.

National Teams:

The Women Eagles begin their World Cup this morning in a must-win match against Ireland. Here is a preview including line-ups, keys to the match, and more.

You can check out where to watch the match, as well as the Super Rugby final in our Weekend Television Listings.

The Atlanta 7s are returning next year. The tournament will be held in March as part of an expanded women's sevens series that now includes England and Canada.

Many have wondering why Heathrow Express would sponsor the Eagles. We talked to the organization to find out the answer.

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Weekend Television Listings




The summer doldrums are gone and there is plenty of rugby on television this weekend beginning with the Super Rugby final between the Waratahs and the Crusaders, and the Women's World Cup. In addition World Cup Qualifying also gets back underway. 

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

Friday:
  • Canada vs. Spain, 9:00 a.m. et/6:00 a.m. pt (IRB.com)
  • Australia vs. South Africa, 9:45 a.m. et/6:45 a.m. pt (IRB.com)
  • U.S.A. vs. Ireland, 10:30 a.m. et/7:30 a.m. pt (Universal Sports) (match begins at 11:00 a.m. et/8:00 a.m. pt)
  • England vs. Samoa, 11:00 a.m. et/8:00 a.m. pt (IRB.com)
  • France vs. Wales, 12:45 p.m. et/9:45 a.m. pt (IRB.com)
  • Premiership 7s, 3:15 p.m. et/12:15 p.m. pt (on your own)
Saturday:
  • Waratahs vs. Crusaders, 5:40 a.m. et/2:40 a.m. pt (live on Direct TV)
  • Kenya vs. Russia, 7:00 a.m. et/4:00 a.m. pt (IRB.com)
  • Uruguay vs. Hong Kong, 12:45 p.m. et/9:45 a.m. pt (IRB.com)
  • Premiership 7s, 3:15 p.m. et/12:15 p.m. pt (on your own)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SFGG Selects Squad For Limerick 7s



Press Release

The San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club has announced their squad for the World Club 7's being held at Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick on August 9-10, 2014. SFGG is in Pool C where they will face off against the tournament hosts Munster from Ireland, legendary Fijian 7s side Daveta, and the Moscow Saracens.

This will be the second year in a row SFGG has participated in the World Club 7s after being a part of the inaugural event held in London last summer.  The Bay Area club will be coming into the weekend with plenty of momentum after having captured the inaugural Pacific Rugby Premiership 15s title this May, and having just recently won the Northern California summer 7s series.

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Eagles vs. Ireland Preview: An Early Must Win


In the lead up tot he World Cup Women Eagles players and coaches said repeatedly that their goal is a top four finish. In order to do that they have to either win their pool or come in second with the best record among the three other second place teams. With four time defending champion New Zealand and typical struggling side Kazakstan in their pool the Eagles best chance of earning a spot must come at the expense of Ireland, the other team in their pool. The two sides will play each other in their first match at the tournament and whoever wins Friday will have the inside track to the second spot and will go into their match against New Zealand later in the pool stage either aiming for a win or aiming to keep the margin low.

The Eagles have spent the last several years building for this moment with the preparation ramping up over the last several months. Beginning with the Can-Ams a few months back head coach Pete Steinberg has narrowed down his squad to what he thinks are the players that can give him results. Judging by their recent tour of the UK where they beat Wales and kept England close in a scrimmage, they are rounding into form at the right time.

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South Carolina Announces Freshman Class

Press Release

Columbia, SC – Twenty-three freshmen make up the new class of student-athletes on the University of South Carolina Men’s Rugby Team, bringing to the Gamecocks an exciting mixture of leadership and athleticism from across the nation that could have an impact on the program as early as this fall.

“We lost a great group of seniors this past semester who certainly left their mark on the program in returning us to national prominence,” said head coach Mark Morris. “Every new class brings with it  its own personality and challenges, which we as a coaching staff have to compensate for and do our best to integrate into our existing game plan. I’m happy to say that I have met with or have been in contact with a majority of the incoming players and their families and I know they are committed to the program and are ready to make the transition to the collegiate level.”

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Heathrow Express Using Rugby To Reach U.S. Audience


You've probably noticed the Eagles have been supporting ads for Heathrow Express this last year. It's something that has folks wondering why the U.S. would have an ad for something in the UK on their jerseys. To find out why we sat down and spoke with Simon Evans from Heathrow Express to ask him just that.

TIAR: How did the relationship with USA Rugby come about?

Simon Evans: While the US is our largest non-UK market, accounting for around 17% of the six million passengers a year we transport between Heathrow and central London, we want it to be bigger. This year around 10 million Americans are set to pass through Heathrow. Many of them will be heading into central London. Rather than taking a taxi, which costs far more and takes far longer, we want them to use our train, which gets into town in just 15 minutes with services running every 15 minutes from under the airport terminals.

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Brumbies Look To Establish U.S. Academy


It seems that every club around the world wants a pipeline into potential talent in the United States. The Brumbies are the latest to test their luck as they plan on setting up a "USA Brumbies" academy system based at Arizona State. According to reports players will have to pay to be a part of the program but it will be a full-time program. Head coach Stephen Larkham and commercial academy manager Nick Leah are headed to the U.S. in September to hold camps in Arizona, Minnesota, and New Jersey. If the Brumbies like players they will offer them a scholarship and if a player does well in the academy they will be offered a Super Rugby or NRC spot. The Brumbies have similar academy set-ups with the Papua New Guinea national team and Japanese side Kubota Spears.

It's an interesting development and something to keep an eye on. If it does become a full-time academy than that will be a huge boost to the game in America. However, if it is just a set of commercial camps aiming then it will help but it won't transform the game overnight.
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