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Monday, September 25, 2017

Premiership, NBC, USA Rugby Want Club Input

Fresh off the American Series match between Newcastle and Saracens in Philadelphia the Premiership, NBC Sports, AEG, and USA Rugby, Friends of the British Council are seeking more input from the rugby community. By taking this survey you can, on behalf of your club, give stakeholders valuable information on things like how many club members you have, what challenges you face, what you are doing well, etc. The survey trying to get an understanding of where the game is growing by age grades, and which areas we can make the most immediate and biggest impacts.

This survey follows up on the recent opportunity Friends of the British Council provided to 35 players to spend a week visiting and studying with Premiership clubs. The idea is to create something tailored to the U.S. market that can provide benefits for the years to come rather than just a one off event.


Eagles Abroad: Weekend Review

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Thretton Palamo got off to a great start for the Dragons. Despite only being with the team less than a week on loan from Bristol he found himself in the starting line-up against Ulster over the weekend. He didn't get on the scoreboard but he did play the entire match for the Dragons. It turned out he was the only American to play in the Pro14. No American suited up in the Premiership. AJ MacGinty was slated to start but he was a late scratch. Joe Taufete'e was on the bench for Worcester but he didn't get a chance to play in the match. The expectation is that more players will play in the 'A' League. The league where players did see time was the Top 14. Samu Manoa, Dave Ryan, and Taku Ngwenya all started for their respective teams. Manoa played the full 80 along with Ngwenya. Ryan went 55 minutes. Eric Fry and David Tameilau played in the Pro D2. In the RFU Championship Andrew Durutalo started and scored as Ealing continue to excel.

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Hawks Unveil Squad For Rugby League World Cup

The USA Hawks have named a half domestic, half foreign based squad for next month's World Cup in Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea. Several top players from the domestic scene, including Gabe Farley, Hiko Malu, Josh Rice, and Matt Walsh all make the cut. Some of the foreign based players include the Howard brothers Stephen and Daniel, Ryan Burroughs and Joe Eichner from the Toronto Wolfpack, Junior Vaivai, and Mark Offerdahl from the London Broncos. The rise in the number of domestic players is a change from four years ago when the Hawks squad was mostly made up of U.S.-eligible players from England and Australia.

The domestic players on the squad will be coming off a full season of play in the USARL that was won by Malu's Atlanta Rhinos. The USARL 'All Star' match was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma but a mainly domestic Hawks squad did take on and beat Canada quite handily just a few weeks ago.

It's starts on October 28th in Townsville for the Hawks as they play Fiji. They then play Italy on November 5th also in Townsville before finishing out against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on November 12th.

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MLR Notes: Utah Announces Name, Seattle Picks Venue

A couple of notes to pass along regarding Major League Rugby.

Utah Announces Warriors As Name

Even though it might have been novel Rugby Utah was very unlikely to go with that name as they entered Major League Rugby. The long-running rumor was that the team would be called the Warriors and that was confirmed yesterday as the team tweeted out the logo above. The name is a homage the large Pacific Islander influence expected on the Warriors.

With the Warriors now with a name and active it brings the number of MLR teams who have made public statements up to six. The other five are the Seattle Seawolves, Austin Elite Rugby, Houston Strikers, NOLA Gold, and the Glendale Raptors. The latest news has San Diego set to have a team in the competition with Minneapolis and Dallas out. No public word yet on Kansas City.

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Opening Kick

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National Teams/MLR/ODAs:

Derek Sagehorn has an important interview with scrum guru Jase Ryan.

The latest Earful of Dirt podcast is out talking with Dan Payne.

Kyle Willoughby chatted with some rugby stakeholders about Mike Friday's recent comments.


For a rundown of women's scores head over to The Rugby Breakdown

This Is Colorado Rugby has the latest from around the state.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Interview With Scrum Guru Jase Ryan

By Derek Sagehorn

The Rugby Site is partnering with the Pelicans, representative side for the Northern California Rugby Football Union (NCRFU), to produce a skills clinic led by Crusaders scrum coach Jase Ryan. Set for October 6 and 7, 2017 at San Francisco Golden Gate on Treasure Island, the first day will focus on contact and continuity while the second day concentrates on front row scrummaging. Tickets are available here with special rates for NCRFU members and clubs)

This Is American Rugby (Derek Sagehorn) spoke to Jase Ryan about scrums, coaching and his Front Row Club.

This Is American Rugby: How and where did you get your start coaching?

Jase Ryan: I have always had a passion for scrum coaching and basically fell into coaching by chasing a dream to be a professional coach. I started from the bottom at club rugby in Christchurch at my local club Sydenham. I then moved on to some Crusaders & Canterbury Academy coaching, Coached in Brazil, the New Zealand Black ferns, NZ Under 20, Canterbury & now the Crusaders. Scott Robertson (Razor) gave me an opportunity 5 years ago to be scrum coach for Canterbury, and then Forwards coach for Canterbury, running Scrum & Line-out. I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for him giving me an opportunity years ago.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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The good news for several Americans overseas is that they are slowly making their way back from injury. Blaine Scully wasn't picked for Cardiff this week but he's back in the selection talks which is only a good thing. Dave Ryan and Tony Lamborn both seem to have put their injuries behind them with starts once again. Also starting once again is AJ MacGinty. He has been a fixture for Sale early in the season. However, not lining up against him is Chris Wyles who rests this week for Saracens. Titi Lamositele is still making it back from injury. The only other player that will play in the Premiership this weekend is Joe Taufete'e who is on the bench for Worcester. Over in the Guinness Pro14 Thretton Palamo will make his debut for the Dragons and it's a start. In the lower divisions Andrew Durutalo starts for Ealing while Dino Waldren is on the bench for London Scottish. In France, Samu Manoa, Taku Ngwenya, and Eric Fry all start.

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