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Friday, August 17, 2018

South Panthers Roster Set For European Tour

Press Release

On August 25 a squad of 31 players, 6 coaches along with various management and medical personnel will meet in Budapest, Hungary for the first training session of a tour of central Europe. The following day, the USA Rugby South Panthers will battle the national team of Hungary at Városi Szabadidő Központ – Sportközpont.

This will begin a nine day tour which includes games in Vienna, Austria and Prague, Czechia against the national teams of those Unions. Eight months of planning is about to bloom as the energy rises within the squad.

The Panthers are pleased to be wearing kit sponsored by Delta Air Lines from Samurai Sportswear for this tour.

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USARL Grand Final Set

By Elie Mpovie

The 21st overall season of rugby league in this great country of the United States started with 11 clubs, from May to July, clubs fought for the playoff spots and ten would qualify for the final series, now we've come down to the Final Four. This past weekend, we saw two clubs reach the pinnacle of the American game….the Grand Final.

We begin the Northern Conference Championship as top seeded Brooklyn Kings took on in state rival, the White Plains Wombats, both who are vying for a spot in their first ever Premiership Grand Final. The Kings, who are undefeated in 2018, didn’t have things all their own way though and didn’t seal the victory until they scored three tries in the final moments of the game. The Kings went over the whitewash six times with three coming by hooker Jerome Easthope, two to inside center Brandon Anderson and one to fullback Seimou Smith.

Brooklyn led 12-6 at the halfway point, but they could never cruise due to the Wombats coming at them throughout the match. Tries for White Plains came from Dave Griener, Matt Walsh and CJ Cortalano were the try-scorers. Player/coach Cortalano says while the defeat was heartbreaking, the season itself has been a success.

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Falcons, All-Americans Named For RugbyTown 7s

Press Release

Men's Collegiate All-American Sevens' (MCAA 7s) Head Coach Steve Lewis and Men's Falcons' Head Coach JD Stephenson have named their squads for the annual RugbyTown Sevens tournament hosted at Infinity Park on Aug. 24-26 in Glendale, CO.

The MCAA 7s will bring athletes from 11 different collegiate programs to improve on last year's fifth-place finish. The Men's Falcons appear for the first time in four years; bringing three senior Men's Sevens players and five athletes named to the U.S. Youth Olympic Men's Rugby team. Men's Sevens' Ben Pinkelman will serve as an Assistant Coach for the Falcons, as well. Tickets to see both the All-Americans and the Falcons may be purchased at rugbytown7s.com with a live stream available at rugbytown.us/stream.

Of the 14 All-Americans selected, Jihad Khabir, Christian Rodriguez and Zach Young all return from last year's 25-7 Bowl victory (fifth-place) over the Atavus All-Stars. 2017 standout Lorenzo Thomas was unavailable due to injury while Jake Lachina will miss the tournament due to service obligations.

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Walker Leaves As Women Eagles 7s Coach

Press Release

USA Rugby and Richie Walker today announced Walker's resignation as Head Coach of the Women's Eagle Sevens. Walker moves on from the position after holding it since 2016. Men's Sevens Assistant Coach, Chris Brown, will step in as interim Head Coach effective immediately.

USA Rugby General Manager of Women's High Performance, Emilie Bydwell, noted, "Myself and USA Rugby would like to thank Richie for playing a significant part in the development of the Women's program these last several years. Richie's energy, passion and personality have left a long lasting legacy on the Women's National Team programs. We wish him and his family the very best of luck in the next phase of rugby career."

Walker added, "I would like to thank USA Rugby for all they have done for me. A tough decision and I wish the next Head Coach all the best with the program."

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Weekend Television Listings



The Rugby Championship kicks off this weekend! Outside of that it's the slim pickings part of the summer. ESPN does own the rights to the Mitre 10 Cup but so far isn't putting them up to watch. 

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:

  • College All-Americans vs. Glendale Raptors, 9:00 p.m. et/6:00 p.m. pt (live on Facebook)

Saturday:
  • Australia vs. New Zealand, 5:40 a.m. et/2:40 a.m. pt (live on WatchESPN)
  • South Africa vs. Argentina, 11:00 a.m. et/8:00 a.m. pt (live on WatchESPN)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Newcastle Ink Eagle Paul Mullen


The list of players who played for the Eagles and in Major League Rugby last year and have now made the move overseas is growing. Paul Mullen is the latest player having signed a four month deal with the Newcastle Falcons. He joins Paul Lasike, Bryce Campbell, and Ben Landry in having made the move to England. Mullen played for the Eagles in the summer and for the Houston SaberCats last season. He was raised in Ireland and played for Munster at the U-20 level.

In a press release from the Falcons Mullen said: "I am delighted to be joining Newcastle and am looking forward to developing my game further alongside a great squad." Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said in the same release: "Paul has broken through to the full international scene in quite a big way over the past few months, and been part of a rapidly-improving American Eagles side. His presence will further bolster our front-row resources going into the new Gallagher Premiership season as we look to improve yet again on what was our best league finish for 20 years."