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Thursday, May 28, 2015

All-PRP Selections: The Backs

Earlier we posted our All-PRP forward selections and now it's time for the backs.

9. Mose Timoteo (Glendale Raptors): Timoteo is timeless. He's still the class of the scrumhalfs in the PRP despite being the oldest player. The man has won three titles in a row, that has to say something about the player. Honorable mention: Charlie Purdon (Santa Monica), Jamie Purcell (OMBAC)

10. Ata Malifa (Denver Barbarians): It was close between Malifa and Harry Bennett from Santa Monica for our top choice but Malifa's play in the second half of the season is what set him apart. He single-handedly often kept the Barbarians going. Honorable mention: Harry Bennett (Santa Monica), Volney Rouse (SFGG), Yoshio Kimishima (OMBAC) 

11. Zach Pangelinan (OMBAC): Elliott Dillon-Herzog was our mid-season winner and if he had been able to keep up his pace in the second half of the year he might have been able to hold on. However, we had to make room for Zach Pangelinan somewhere and so it's here. Once again Pangelinan would outstanding for OMBAC and a driving force behind the team. Honorable mention: Max Statler (Glendale), Ellott Dillon-Herzog (Denver Barbarians), John Gallo (Olympic Club)

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Eagles Name Olympic Qualifying Camp Roster, Wyles Included

Chris Wyles back in his 7s days.

The NACRA 7s and Olympic qualification are just a few weeks away and today head coach Mike Friday named his camp roster. The biggest inclusion on the roster from the regular group of players is Chris Wyles. He has previous experience playing with the 7s team but it's been a number of years now since he was a standout for the team. Additionally, he has this weekend's Premiership final against Bath to focus on before turning to 7s. That means that Friday and his staff will be hoping Wyles avoids injury. He will be released from Saracens (regulation nine) six days ahead of the tournament.

Outside of Wyles there are several players that could make their way on to the team that aren't in residency. Nate Augspurger has been a part of the team despite not being in residency and that looks like it will probably continue as does Martin Iosefo. Shalom Suniula, who also has significant experience with the team, will have a crack at the roster. Brett Thompson is back in residency but now at full health he could push a little more.

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All-PRP Selections: The Forwards

As we continue to look back at the PRP season we issue our All-PRP Selections, beginning with the forwards. They weren't easy choices and there are plenty of arguments for other players but we think we've got it pretty close.

1. Nick Wallace (Glendale): He missed some time away with the Eagles on their tour of South America but he was a huge contributor for Glendale when he was around. He was obvious he was a step above the others. Honorable mention: Patrick Latu (SFGG)

2. Zach Fenoglio (Glendale): Like Wallace, Fenoglio missed time in the second half of the season but he was outstanding when he did play. He really made his mark in the open field (hopefully you all caught his intercept try). Honorable mention: Adam Clarkin (OMBAC), Neill Barrett (SFGG)

3. Chris Baumann (Santa Monica): We had Darrell Honaker from Olympic Club in our mid-season selection but availability issues in the second half the season saw Baumann advance over him. Santa Monica weren't that good but Baumann was fantastic. Honorable mention: Darrell Honaker (Olympic Club) 

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TIAR's 2015 College Mock Draft: Round 2

Yesterday day we debuted our 2015 College Mock Draft where we take the top college seniors* in the country and hypothetically draft them to Seattle, ARP, and PRP teams. Today we'll feature our concluding round.

*Again, we've tried our best but we may be off who is returning for a fifth year.

Update: We somehow missed Martin Iosefo from Montana. Consider him a first round pick.

1. Boston Irish Wolfhounds: Kalei Konrad, San Diego State 

After having drafted Madison Hughes first in the first round the Wolfhounds could round out their future halfback pair by picking Konrad. He flies under the radar at SDSU but after already having experience playing in the PRP with OMBAC has shown he can contribute.

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Cam Dolan Leaving Northampton

Barring a summer signing there won't be any Americans at Northampton next year. The club announced their list of players leaving the Saints this summer and in addition to Samu Manoa's already announced move to Toulon it looks like Cam Dolan will also be leaving the team. There are strong rumors that he will be joining a team in Wales but that has yet to be confirmed.

Dolan signed with Northampton back in December of 2013 and spent most of his time playing with the Wanderers in the 'A' League. He was a consistent player for that side but struggled to break into the first team with only one appearance in the LV= Cup to his name. He did, however, have some success playing 7s for the team.

What do you make of the news? Think it's a good move? 

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National Teams:

The Summer of Rugby, as we're calling it, is packed with events. A reader chipped in with his analysis comparing the big events.

The latest Try and Tackle podcast is out where we discuss the Women's Sevens Series


We had a bit of fun yesterday and held a mock draft placing college seniors on teams from the PRP, ARP, and Seattle.

Lindenwood's Sebastien Kalm spoke with Alex Solomon about his team's win at the College 7s Nationals.

In a couple of college notes, LSU has joined the Red River while Army's Mahan has retired.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer of Rugby Event Comparison (Updated)

This summer will be known as the Summer of Rugby here in America. Typically the U.S. sees two or maybe three Eagles matches a year along with the Vegas 7s, CRC, and Varsity Cup. This year there will be four Eagles home matches and several outside events, including those run by RugbyLaw. These events have solicited a lot of reaction from fans. We had one fan, who wanted to remain anonymous because of his position, submit a ranking of events using various criteria. We thought it was extremely interesting and wanted to pass it on.

2015 will see a record number of live elite rugby being played in stadiums across the country that include both 7s and 15s, national teams, college sides, and club teams.  These events are being organized by established organizations like USA Rugby and United World Sports and a new group, RugbyLaw, is also jumping into the rugby event management business.

This year’s elite rugby stadium season started with USA 7s in Vegas and the Varsity Cup in Utah and continues this weekend with the CRC in Philadelphia.  Next comes the NACRA 7s in Cary, followed by Eagles matches on both coasts, two NRFL/Rugby Law events and concludes with the Eagles taking on the Wallabies in Chicago.

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