Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Dartmouth Completes Canada Trip

Press Release

The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club returned to Hanover, NH, on August 22nd for the start of another preseason.  The squad has been drilling intently since last Friday, enduring multiple two-session days under the instruction of coach Gavin Hickie and returning strength and conditioning coach, James Willocks.  Assessing last season’s contests and the increasing athleticism, size, and speed faced as the team continues to compete against more and more varsity-like programs, the coaching staff emphasized the need for improvement in tracking/tackling, rucking, evasive running, and passing technique under pressure.

On Friday August 29th, the team bussed up to Kingston, Ontario, in preparation for Saturday’s midday match against Queens University, one of the more dominant collegiate programs in North America. Despite a strong effort from the Big Green throughout three thirty-minute periods, Queens delivered a controlling performance highlighted by pinpoint passing, piercing back line maneuvers and powerful running, finishing the contest ahead 36 - 0.  Given the lack of prior set piece rehearsal, the DRFC’s tactical poise surpassed expectations, successfully executing 11 out of 15 offensive lineouts and maintaining possession on 10 out of 13 attacking scrums.

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Salt Lake Stadium Receives Approval

A little more than a month ago we told you about a proposal for a small stadium in Salt Lake that could be a big boost for rugby in the state. Today word came down that the Utah State Fairpark and MLS side Real Salt Lake have agreed to proceed with the stadium.

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Life West Hires Experienced Coach

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Adriaan Ferris, a former Head Coach of the Northland ITM Cup team, and currently on the coaching staff of the Tonga National Team, the 'Ikale Tahi, has taken the job as head coach of the Life West Gladiators.

"The opportunity to coach in the US was too good to pass up. Undoubtedly rugby in the US is on the rise and to be part of that development is exciting"

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Grit Jackal Band Now On Rugby Marketplace

Every player needs help getting their tackle technique right. It leads to so many opportunities for your team to win the ball back or to save a try. To help get the fundamentals of the tackle right and then attack the ball Rugby Marketplace is now featuring the Grit Jackal Band. It's a simple piece of equipment that allows a rugby ball to be attached to any standard 450mm diameter tackle bag. The band was developed by an engineer and former player with 22 years of experience. The band is made in New Zealand.

The Grit Jackal band is available for only $47.00 on Rugby Marketplace, your independent rugby store.

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'A' League Crucial For Americans In England

Currently there are ten Americans on the books of clubs in the Aviva Premiership. Saracens have five of those alone. Due to financial incentives in the Premiership it can be very difficult for Americans to see consistent time on the pitch. Players like Samu Manoa, Chris Wyles, and Blaine Scully have broken through that and have become regular contributors for their teams. However, for players like Cam Dolan, Titi Lamositele, and Tom Bliss the best hope for playing time this season comes in the Aviva 'A' League.

The 'A' League is the reserve league for the Premiership and plays a seven game season in the fall with playoffs in the spring. For developing players it's the perfect opportunity to make their name and push for time on the first team. Blaine Scully did that successfully last year and parlayed it to a full-time gig. Luke Hume excelled for Gloucester last season and nearly landed a contract.

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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! 

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National Teams:

The injury has kept LaValla out but plenty of other Americans saw time for their clubs over the weekend.


The club season is officially underway as the Midwest has kicked off. We recap the division as well as a few college friendlies

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