Sunday, September 21, 2014

Eagles 7s Name Gold Coast Camp

The Eagles 7s coaching staff have named 28 players to their final selection camp ahead of the Gold Coast 7s next month. By and large there aren't many surprises on the roster. In addition to players in residency at OTC and in the WCAP program there are a handful of players from Seattle, and a few college players. 

The Seattle contingent is lead by Rocco Mauer, Peter Tiberio, and Pat Blair.  Among the college players at the camp include Madison Hughes, Kingsley McGowan, and Aladdin Schirmer. Hughes should be a lock to make the Gold Coast roster if his school schedule permits. McGowan and Schirmer both had strong showings at the Serevi RugbyTown Sevens. Also at the camp are Derek Lipscomb and Sean Rafferty from the Northeast ODA.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Try & Tackle Podcast: Season 2, Episode 1

It's back!! Patrick Johnston from The Province and I are back with another season of the Try & Tackle podcast. To get things started we had a good discussion about Seattle Saracens and their interesting schedule and controversy in the British Columbia leagues this year, the Canadian Men's 7s coaching search, the Eagles potential squad for the Gold Coast, and the Eagles XV's second in 2015. A big thanks goes to Patrick for putting this together. Look for more episodes throughout the year.

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ARP Preview: NYAC Host Life In Massive Match

The American Rugby Premiership enters its second week coming off an entertaining first week. Last week's big winner, Boston, will have the weekend off while the team they beat, Old Blue, will have the chance to get back to winning ways against the Boston Irish Wolfhounds. That said, the marquee match this week definitely belongs to NYAC hosting Life.

NYAC vs. Life

When we recently spoke with Eagles head coach Mike Tolkin we asked him about the ARP. One of the things he mentioned as a major positive about it and other competitions like the PRP is that you get to see players in the Eagles player pool go head to head. That is definitely the case this weekend between Life and NYAC. The biggest of those head to head matches is Mike Petri against Shaun Davies. Petri is the scrumhalf of choice for the Eagles but his position is far from solid. There is room for a player like Davies to push for time but in order to do that he'll need a big match this weekend. For Petri, playing better than Davies only bolsters him more ahead of the fall.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Things are settling in for Americans in Europe as players begin to figure out if they are going to regularly be in and out of their team's line-up. Samu Manoa and Chris Wyles are constants and Hayden Smith may join them as he starts for Saracens this week. Down in France, Scott LaValla is a regular with Stade. A worrying note for Americans overseas is that injuries look to be piling up. Todd Clever hasn't played for the NTT Shining Arcs all season and while our Japanese isn't that good it seems that he has some sort of injury. The same could be said of Blaine Scully who hasn't been in the Leicester line-up the last two weeks. Considering his starting spot at the beginning of the season injury is the likely answer. Titi Lamositele and Thretton Palamoa are both still out with injury. Lastly, it's a big week for Americans facing off against one another around the world. 

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Remembrance Cup: More Than Just A Rugby Game

Photo: Evan Lappen

By Craig Dekshenieks (Life University Press Release)

The nation paused last week in honor and respect for the victims of September 11, 2001.  Although it has been 13 years since that tragic day, its affects are far reaching and long lasting, especially for the members of the NYAC Rugby Football Club.  NYAC lost three of their players that day: 28-year-old scrumhalf Sean Lugano, 32-year-old lock Mark Ludvigsen, and 31-year-old lock Brent Woodall.

After several weeks off from playing matches, NYAC returned to the pitch in October 2001 to play against the Boston Irish Wolfhounds RFC in what was officially the first Remembrance Cup.  “There was no trophy or designation of the match as the Remembrance Cup,” said Mike Tolkin, who was the NYAC head coach at the time.  “But it was the first match that brought everyone together and we dedicated it in honor of our three fallen brothers and their families and friends.”

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Weekend Television Listings

The Rugby Championship is on a break but the ITM Cup and Currie Cup are entering their crucial stages. Both competitions will be available on DirectTV as usual. BeIn Sport and their online option BeIn Sport Connect seem to have established a pattern for how they will air games with one each or Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On the Friday game will be live on air TV the others are live online. 

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  • Golden Lions vs. Pumas, 1:10 p.m. et/10:10 a.m. pt (live on DirectTV)
  • Terenure vs. St. Mary's (Ireland), 2:30 p.m. pt/11:30 a.m. pt  (live here)
  • Gloucester vs. Exeter, 2:40 p.m. et/11:40 a.m. pt (live on BeIn Sport)
  • Hawke's Bay vs. Bay of Plenty 10:35 p.m. et/7:35 p.m. et (live on DirectTV)
  • Auckland vs. North Harbour, 12:35 a.m. et (Saturday)/9:35 p.m. pt (live on DirectTV)
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Opening Kick

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National Teams:

Eagles head coach Mike Tolkin took a few minutes to talk with us about the upcoming ARC, World Cup training bases, positional battles, and more.

In addition to Titi Lamositele it appears the Eagles have a number of up and coming props that could set them up well in the future.

The IRB has once again fine-tuned their regulations regarding switching nationalities. Unsurprisingly they have made it more difficult.


Long-time Glendale Raptor Casey Rock has been forced to retire with a knee injury.

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