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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Falcons Finish 7th In Chile

The Falcons did not finish where they wanted at the Vina del Mar 7s in Chile coming in 7th place. The result comes after a 4th place finish at the Mar del Plata 7s in Uruguay last week. Once again the championship went to Fiji who once again beat Argentina. Canada came back from a not so nice showing in Uruguay to finish fourth behind Chile.

On day one the Falcons had mixed results in pool play. Up first was a 10-12 loss to Uruguay. Had the Falcons made their conversions it would have turned the result. Up next was Brazil. This one went better with the Falcons winner 12-5. Last up was a 26-0 loss to Argentina.  That set up a quarterfinal match against Chile. Unfortunately it didn't go their way as they lost 26-10. In the Plate semi-final they lost to Colombia 26-15 before beating Brazil 14-7 in the 7th/8th place match.

The team now returns home where the players will be in contention for spots in Wellington and Sydney. They will also likely be the group that plays in the Las Vegas Invitational and possibly the Vancouver Rugby Festival.

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National Teams/ODAs:

Northeast Academy standout Connor Wallace-Sims has been given a contract at the OTC.

College All-American coach Gavin Hickie is still looking for players.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Review

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Joe Taufete'e made his debut for Worcester over the weekend going 56 minutes in the Warriors loss to Brive in the European Challenge Cup. The Challenge Cup and Champions Cup are often opportunities for Americans that don't always see first team minutes to get a chance to show what they have at the big stage. For his first taste of rugby at this level Taufete'e did pretty well. The other Premiership American to start in the Challenge Cup was Thretton Palamo who played 50 minutes for Bristol in their loss. Cam Dolan made a cameo appearance off the bench for Cardiff while Taku Ngwenya played the full 80 minutes for Brive as they beat Worcester. In the Champions Cup Samu Manoa played the full 80 minutes. Chris Wyles was a late scratch for Saracens but Titi Lamostitele was an early sub off the bench and played 29 minutes for the club as they drew with Scarlets. Down in the ProD2 David Tameilau, Eric Fry, and Dave Ryan all saw time.

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Concussions Force Tom Bliss To Take A Break

One of America's most promising prospects has been forced to take a year off. After suffered three concussions in the span of several months Tom Bliss has decided to take a break in his playing career. “It is important that head injuries are rightly getting more attention at the moment," said Bliss. "I love playing rugby but I have to look after my long term health.”

Bliss suffered a significant concussion while playing for San Diego against Sacramento last May. That was followed by another concussion playing for San Diego and then another while playing for Richmond a few months later. After taking some medical advice he decided it was best not to continue playing in the near term. Bliss started out as a student for Loughborough University before playing in some 'A' League matches for London Irish and then signing with London Wasps. From there he moved to Ealing and then to San Diego before landing with Richmond. He is now a personal trainer (www.tomblissfit.com).

Friday, January 13, 2017

TIAR Awards: Overseas Player of the Year--AJ MacGinty

AJ MacGinty is the TIAR Award winner for Overseas Player of the Year. MacGinty won 43% of the vote. Samu Manoa was second in the voting with 38% of the vote. Chris Baumann came in third with 19% of the vote. Coming off a stellar World Cup for the U.S. MacGinty signed with Connacht back in his native Ireland. Immediately he made an impact on the team as they registered their best season to date, claiming the Pro12 championship. Foreign player restrictions meant that MacGinty couldn't stay with Connacht so he made the move to Sale. Since making the move he's been a consistent part of the Sharks. All in all, it's been one of the best year's for an American in Europe.

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Cal Cup Week Five Preview

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It's all on the line this week hoping to make it into next weekend's championship match at Treasure Island. Four teams remain in the hunt for those two spots. Right now Life West top the competition but will go head to head with third place SFGG who are tied on points with second place OMBAC. Belmont Shore also have an outside chance at the final.

SFGG vs. Life West (Cal Maritime, 4:00 p.m.)

This match is fairly straight forward in that whoever wins will almost certainly make it to the championship match. Life West are in the best position as they sit with 16 points in the standings and in first place. If they pick up a couple of bonus points they could in theory make to the final without winning on Saturday. However, given the pressure behind them they really need a win. The Gladiators haven't had much trouble scoring this season but they also haven't been expert at keeping teams off the board. That was evident against OMBAC last weekend. They will be able to beat SFGG if they can find a way to limit the potent SFGG attack.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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With the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup taking place this weekend it's going to shake things up for Americans once again. That's good news for Joe Taufete'e who will make his first start for Worcester as they play Brive in the Challenge Cup. It's the first action whatsoever for Taufete'e since making the move not that long ago. Who's going to be starting for Brive? Taku Ngwenya of course. He'll get the nod once again. Also starting in the Challenge Cup include Thretton Palamo for Bristol. Cam Dolan is on the bench for Cardiff. In the Champions Cup Chris Wyles will start for Saracens and Titi Lamositele is on the bench.

Down in France, several Americans will have the opportunity to play in the Pro D2. David Tameilau already started and played a full 80  minutes for Narbonne. Eric Fry will get his chance to do the same for Vannes today while Dave Ryan will start for Agen.

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