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Saturday, March 28, 2015

NYAC, Metropolis Play To Hard Fought Draw


In a hard, physical game NYAC rallied to score a late try and salvage a 13-13 try with visiting Metropolis on Saturday. The cold, windy, and at times snowy conditions, didn't exactly lend itself to attacking rugby but regardless of the weather each team had their fair share of opportunities and the draw was an accurate representation of how the match played out.

NYAC was the first to score on a penalty before taking an 8-0 lead thanks to a Mike Petri try. Metropolis scored not long after to make the score 8-5 at the end of the half. The Minnesota side then took a 10-8 lead shortly into the second half. They kept the pressure on afterward and attacked the NYAC line for about 15 minutes but could only come up with a penalty. NYAC then scored in the corner with no time left on the clock to even up the match.

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Photo Gallery: Junior All-Americans vs. Canada

The Junior All-Americans will miss out on the Junior World Rugby Trophy after losing to Canada in their qualifying series (recap here). Photographer Judy Teasdale was at the match and took some great shots.

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Hong Kong 7s: U.S. Tops Group, Draws With England

The Eagles have topped their group for the second time this season after drawing with England 21-21 in their final pool play match at the Hong Kong 7s. Because they blew out Wales in game two the U.S. had superior point differential over England. They will play Samoa in the Cup quarterfinals tomorrow at 11:43 p.m. et/8:42 p.m. pt.

It didn't take long for the Eagles to get on the board. Danny Barrett collected the opening kick and the Eagles marched down the field thanks to an initial break from Perry Baker and great work from Madison Hughes, Andrew Durutalo, Folau Niua, and Zack Test to retain the ball at the breakdown. All that was left to do was Baker taking the ball out of a ruck five meters from the line and going over for the score and a 7-0 lead.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

All-Americans Fall To Canada, Miss Out On JWRT

Photo: Rugby Canada
The Junior All-Americans entered the second leg Junior World Rugby Trophy qualifying series against Canada only down a point after leading for almost the full 80 minutes on Monday. Given the lack of assembly time for the team being down by only a point wasn't a bad result for the team and there were positive thoughts that they would put in a better performance in the second leg. However, after fighting for forty minutes the Junior All-Americans couldn't keep it going as they eventually lost to Canada 41-6 in the second leg and 65-29 on aggregate.

As a result of the loss the Junior All-Americans will miss out on a World Rugby age-grade event for the first time since 2010 when they elected to not send a team due to scheduling. This is the first time since the start of the Junior World Rugby Trophy in 2008 that the U.S. has failed to qualify for a World Rugby age-grade event. It's now up to U.S.A. Rugby to piece together a summer schedule for the team with an eye toward next season.

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Hong Kong 7s: Eagles Cup Bound With Win Over Wales

It looked like the Eagles were in a battle early against Wales in their second pool play match at the Hong Kong 7s but thanks to great work at the breakdown and better offloading the U.S. eventually ran away 40-12 winners. Coupled with England's win over Kenya in the earlier match the U.S. have booked another spot in the Cup round. They will face England for first place in the pool in their last match of the day.

The match didn't get off to a bright start for the Eagles as Carlin Isles picked up an early yellow card. The U.S. weren't able to handle the sloppy ball and when the Welsh player kicked ahead for what should have been a run away try, Isles tugged on his jersey to hold him up. However, rather than capitalizing, it was the U.S. that would score out of the situation. They won the ball back and patient play eventually saw Madison Hughes open the scoring. Not only were the Eagles up 7-0 but they also ran out the time on the yellow card.

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KC Blues, Palmer To Pay Tribute To Fallen Player

The Dow family.

Press Release

For all of the attributes that make Rugby such a great game, the respect and comradery that teammates and opponents have for eachother as mutual combatants always seem to prevail.  This Saturday the Palmer College of Chiropractic Rugby Dragons will honor all that is good about the sport when they host the KC Blues in a Midwest Conference matchup in Davenport, IA, with the home side holding a planned tribute before the match to Dr. Dow Richards, a longtime Blues Club Man who passed away earlier this year at the age of 44.  A former player and team physician for the Blues, Dow along with his wife Susan and their small children Sloane and Brandt, lost a heart-breaking yet inspiring 18-month battle with glioblastoma in January 2015.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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The Six Nations are over and done with and leagues across Europe and getting back to their regular schedules. In the Premiership Samu Manoa and Chris Wyles will gets starts for their teams while no other player is in a line-up. Wyles and Saracens will be playing Harlequins in front of a huge crowd at Wembley Stadium. Down in France, Scott LaValla is on the bench for Stade Francais as they face a massive match-up against Clermont. Taku Ngwenya will start for Biarritz while Inaki Basauri is on the bench for Tarbes. Play in Ireland resumes this weekend and only has a couple of weeks left in the season. The American contingent at Trinity are pushing for promotion to Division 1A.

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