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Friday, February 16, 2018

San Diego Legion Name Coaching Staff

The San Diego Legion have named their coaching staff for the upcoming season. Leading the team will be Rob Hoadley who recently served as an assistant coach to the Eagles. He had a long playing career in England before coaching at Wasps, the Wales U-20 team, the Ricoh Black Rams, and the Eagles.

Joining him as assistants are Zack Test and Chris Cracknell. Test will help coach the attack and the academy Cracknell will coach the forwards. Test had a storied career with the Eagles and Eagles 7s before being forced to retire because of an injury. Only until recently he was the all-time leading try scorer for the Eagles 7s. Cracknell had a career in England and on the 7s series before coaching the Fijian women. Roy Holmes and Henry Dembrowski will be with the team as Performance Manager and Performance Specialist.

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Preview: Eagles Face Hungry Chile

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The Eagles will close out the home portion of their Americas Rugby Championship campaign on Saturday as they take on Chile in Fullerton, California. On paper this should be an easy win. Last year the U.S. made the trip to Chile and won 57-9 and the year before that the U.S. won 64-0 in Florida. Additionally, Chile have finished last in the competition each of the two years of its existence. It also doesn't look that good for Chile this year with a blowout loss to Argentina XV. They did come close beating Brazil, however.

It won't be easy. Chile always make the U.S. work for it but in nearly all aspects of the game the U.S. have an advantage. They are physically bigger, they have more high-level experience, and they have better skills across the board. But as the U.S. has seen in the ARC just because you are supposed to win on paper doesn't mean you actually win.

If the U.S. can do what they need to do and win then they will set themselves up for a two match stretch to South America in which they can repeat as ARC champions. This week against Chile and next week against Brazil should be the easiest matches of the ARC and it could set up a big winner take all match against Uruguay.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Several Eagles that were with the team last week in Sacramento have returned to Europe but they aren't the biggest returning story of the week. Eric Fry is back from a lengthy injury layoff and is playing for Vannes. That is big for Fry as he looks to get as much first team action in as possible. Fry could put himself back in the Eagles prop conversation with a string of solid performances. Of the players that did return from Eagles duty none are starting for their respective teams.

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Melphy, Fa'avesi Become WCAP Athletes

The World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) has a few new names in it. For those who aren't familiar the WCAP program allows those in the armed forces the chance to train in a sport full-time in the hopes of making the Olympics. Some athletes in the past that have participated in the program include Rob Holder, Eric Deuchle, and Shaina Turley. Anthony Welmers, who played for the Eagles last season and at the Silicon Valley 7s is a current member.

Now the program has added a couple of names. Former Life and Glendale standout Cody Melphy just finished up basic training and will be moving to WCAP to train with the Eagles 7s. Soon to graduate from basic training is Nana Fa'avesi. She's been capped numerous times for the Eagles and will return to San Diego after basic training. Patrick Blair and John Cullen are a couple of other names that have Eagles caps that have joined the military. Blair is in San Diego as a WCAP athlete while Cullen is in Utah.

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Weekend Television Listings

There is no Six Nations this week but the Premiership, Top 14, Pro 14, and more are all available. Maybe most importantly for American fans is that the Eagles vs. Chile match will be available on The Rugby Channel. If that's not enough there is more ARC action on ESPN3/WatchESPN. The Pro D2 is on FloRugby as are several college matches.    

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Peter Tiberio Joins Seawolves

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The Seattle Seawolves have announced the signing of Seattle Saracen and U.S. National 7’s team center, Peter Tiberio

"Peter's experience with the USA 7s squad will complement the Seawolves style of play nicely," said Coach Healy. "His speed and agility will be put to the test on our back line."

Peter Tiberio was born in Aurora, IL on April 26, 1989. He first began playing rugby at the University of Arizona during his freshman year of college. He immediately picked up on the sport and excelled in the center #12/13 positions. In 2011 during the Collegiate Rugby Championship, Tiberio led the tournament in tries scored and was named to the all-tournament team. He soon rose to 7’s stardom, earning a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2011 Pan American games and winning recognition as the College 7’s 2012 player of the year. He has since gone on to play 13 times at the 7’s level internationally, and once in Rugby XV’s. Most recently, Tiberio has found play time with the Seattle Saracens and played this past summer with the Washington Athletic Club 7s at USA Rugby’s Club 7s National Championship.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to be on the forefront on professional rugby in the US,” says Tiberio “I am proud to be a part of the first group of MLR players while being able to test myself at the top level of rugby in the country.”

Eagles Name Starters To Face Chile

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The Eagles have named their starting line-up for their final home match of the Americas Rugby Championship. Head coach Gary Gold hasn't rung in too many changes with those changes mostly coming as a result of players heading back to their European clubs. In the forwards Huluholo Moungaloa comes on in place of Titi Lamositele who is back with Saracens. James Hilterbrand comes in for Joe Taufete'e at hooker. Taufete'e was set to go back to Worcester anyway but also suffered a leg injury last week. One surprise in the forwards is Dino Waldren who has yet to head back to London Scottish.

Another change in the forward has Ben Landry playing at lock alongside Nate Brakeley. Nick Civetta went back to his club. Also starting is Psalm Wooching who will get a chance at flanker. Throwing him out against Chile is probably the most optimal time to test him out. Also starting in the back-row is Tony Lamborn and Cam Dolan.

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