Friday, October 24, 2014

ARP Preview: Old Blue Takes On Life In Key Match

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After a break for the Americas Rugby Championship the American Rugby Premiership returns to action this weekend with a pair of matches. It's rivalry weekend in Boston with Boston taking on the Wolfhounds and down in Atlanta, Old Blue faces Life. Also, it's the last fall weekend so teams will want to set themselves up well for a strong spring season.

Old Blue vs. Life

There is a lot on the line for both teams in this match. Life have gone unbeaten through three matches taking out maximum points in each. Having only played three matches they do sit behind NYAC who have 16 points so if Life want to go into the spring season in first place they need a win. Life only lost Phil Thiel to the ARC and the Eagles November squad. It's doubtful he'll play this weekend but not having others called in means that Life will go into this match fully healthy and with time together to get ready for this match.

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Top Teams Ready For Battle in the Bay

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The Battle is the Bay is easily one of the best college 7s competitions in the country. What gives the tournament that distinction is the quality of teams from top to bottom. There is hardly a school participating that couldn't hold their own at any other tournament around the country. That said, there are definitely favorites heading into the weekend led by Cal, Central Washington, St. Mary's, and UCLA.

Pool A: St. Mary's, Cal Poly, Nevada, Oregon

On paper St. Mary's should be the favorite to top the pool considering they have many of the same players that propelled them to the DI-A title last season. Some of their top players are gone, like Garrett Brewer, but there are plenty of others remaining. However, the Gaels did not have a strong West Coast 7s finishing in 8th place with only one win over Grand Canyon and losses to Santa Clara, Arizona State, and San Diego State.

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Afternoon Notes: Northampton Unaware Of Manoa Bid, Solider Field Sold Out

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Northampton Unaware Of Manoa Bid

According to Northampton Assistant coach Alan Dickens in the Northampton Chronicle the team is unaware of any bids for Samu Manoa's services. Dickens acknowledged that the salary cap situation in England has been played up and has probably pushed some players to France but that the club was not aware of Toulon's interest. That said, in his comments he didn't mention anything about being able to keep Manoa at the club but rather that the club values him and that he hopes he stays.

Also in the Chronicle Manoa's teammate and Wales international George North weighed in on the rumors. While North said a move to France isn't right for him at the time be suggested that it's hard to tell someone they can't go make twice the money for doing the same job.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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It's a quiet weekend for Americans overseas despite European action. Only Samu Manoa and Blaine Scully will get starts while Callum Black, Eric Fry, and James Hilterbrand are all not he bench. Elsewhere, Marcel Brache will start for the Perth Spirit in the NRC semi-finals while Tai Tuisamoa will started for London Scottish in the British & Irish Lions. Most of the lower leagues in Europe, like the Pro D2 and the All-Ireland League, have the weekend off. The same goes for the Top League which has finished the first part of it's season.

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Weekend Television Listings

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Europe dominates the television landscape once again as the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup enter their second weeks. Some of the matches this week in ESPN 3 include Ulster vs. Toulon, Munster vs. Saracens, and Castres vs. Leinster. In the Southern Hemisphere the Currie Cup and ITM Cup final are on tap. The Stars Rugby 7s and Tiger Rugby will be in action at the Central Coast 7s while college 7s will be available in the form of the Battle in the Bay.   

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  • Munster vs. Saracens, 2:45 p.m. et/11:45 a.m. pt (live on ESPN3)
  • Central Coast 7s, 7:00 p.m. et/4:00 p.m. pt (live here)
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Video: Bloomberg Discusses Rugby In America

Bloomberg TV recently brought in Daniel Glantz, global head of sponsorship at AIG to talk about the All Blacks-Eagles game as well as the growth of rugby in the United States. It's a great piece and well worth a watch.

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National Teams:

Now that the Eagles November squad has been announced we break down who is on the team.

We also spoke with head coach Mike Tolkin to get his thoughts on the squad, Taku Ngwenya, Greg Peterson, and more.

The latest Try & Tackle podcast is out where Patrick talks with Toby Robson from the Dominion-Post in New Zealand and then we talk about the squads for the November tours.

Andrew Suniula has been in Chicago hyping up the match by going on local television.

Do you want to go to the game? Enter our contest and you could win a pair of tickets.

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