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Friday, October 20, 2017

North American All-Stars Named For Dubai Tournament

The North American all-star team headed to Dubai has named their squad. The team is a mixture of players that have mostly competed at the All-American or Maple Leafs level. The team join the Cobras that will feature a lot of Americans on their roster in the men's division there are also a number of women's players playing on various teams at the tournament. The youth team will be playing teams from France, Belgium, South Africa, Australia, and other countries. Other teams are expected to name very strong line-ups.

Chase Schor Haskin - Atlantis/Maccabi/HSAA/Life Univ
Robert Figley -Fort Hunt/ Atlantis
Mike Weir- Doylestown/HSAA/Atlantis
Jesse Capriotti -Doylestown/Atlantis
John Grande IV- Westlake HS,/UWG Gold Medal/Utah Lions
Kaisa Saluone -Genesis Rugby/ UWG Gold Medal/ Utah Lions
Kekoa "Tai" Kauwe -Genesis Rugby/UWG Gold Medal/Utah Lions
Eric Naposki -EIRA/HSAA/Univ of AZ
Patrick Madden - UCLA/HSAA/EIRA
Ryan James -Cathedral/EIRA/HSAA/Glendale Raptors
Jack Bradfield-St Edwards/HSAA/EIRA
Ethan Hager-Brantford/ Upright/Canada U18&U19/UVic
Quintin Kleppe – Upright/ Ontario
Mostyn Findlay-Shawnigan Lake/Canada U18&U19/UVic

Coaches: Greg Schor (Atlantis), Tyler Leggatt (Upright Rugby), Michael Cressler (Utah Rugby Academy)

Atavus Winter Camps Available

Atavus has a strong schedule of winter training camps available for aspiring players. The company will be holding eight two day programs in nearly all regions of the country. They will also be holding a three day, two night camp in Casa Grande, Arizaon a few days before Christmas. Having witnessed many camps in person we can attest that Atavus camps are a great opportunity for young players to gain skills and learn from great coaches. Having an opportunity to play in the middle of winter is also a plus.

Training Camps (2-day program, ages 14+)

Murfreesboro, TN, Nov. 4-5Fairfield, CT, Nov. 11-12Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 18-19Weston, FL, Nov. 18-19Denver, CO, Nov. 18-19Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 2-3Chico, CA, Dec. 2-3Austin, CA, Dec. 9-10

Resident Camp (3 days, 2 nights, Boys & Girls High School)

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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European play is on tap for Americans once again for Americans overseas. Chris Wyles will start once again for Saracens. He's the only capped American playing in the European Champions Cup. Callum Black will also play but he obviously hasn't been capped. In the European Challenge Cup Blaine Scully will start for Cardiff. However, surprisingly there aren't any other Americans set to see time. Fresh off his stellar performance last weekend Joe Taufete'e misses out this weekend. New Worcester signing Andrew Durutalo is not in the Warriors European team. In the British & Irish Cup Dino Waldren starts once again as will Ronnie McLean. Robbie Shaw is on the bench.
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West Coast 7s Preview

The West Coast 7s kicks off this weekend with the action set for Treasure Island. The tournament has steadily grown since inception a few years back and is now widely recognized as one of the top college tournaments in the country. In many respects it only falls behind the CRC and the College 7s Nationals in terms of talent. This year is no expect ion with some big teams playing. The tournament will be shown on The Rugby Channel.

Pool A: Cal, Arizona State, UC-Davis, San Diego

Even though Cal are sending out a Freshman-Sophomore side this weekend they will still be the favorites to take the tournament and Pool A. They have so much talent and playing so close to home they are going to have plenty of supporters. Even more, many of their young players have good experience playing 7s. The team that could challenge is UC-Davis. The Aggies have produced some very good sides and can make things happen. Arizona State is the wildcard. They've had to do some rebuilding but in years past have had success.

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Weekend Television Listings

Fans are going to have a variety of options this weekend for viewing. ESPN hasn't shown the Mitre 10 Cup nor the Currie Cup all year until now despite holding the rights. They will show the semi-finals of each competition. Additionally, Bledisloe III is on ESPN along with a couple of European matches. Domestically there are a few matches available. 

If you know of an event or a tournament that is not on our list, please share it with us at thisisamericanrugby@gmail.com.

  • Bay of Plenty, 9:35 p.m. et/6:35 p.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Northland vs. Wellington, 2:35 a.m. et (Saturday)/11:35 a.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Shalom Suniula Signs With Seattle

Press Release

Seattle Seawolves Rugby is thrilled to announce the signing of USA Rugby star Shalom Suniula. Coming from a family of rugby players, Shalom has made 18 appearances for the US national rugby union team. “Shalom is an exciting and skilled attacking player whose qualities should fit well into the vision of our style of game. His experience and intensely competitive nature will be an asset to our team as we embark on our MLR adventure,” said Tony Healy, the head coach of Seattle Seawolves Rugby.

Former captain of US 7s team, Shalom is excited about the new challenge, “I’m happy about the immediate opportunity the Seawolves & MLR provide to play at the highest level locally. I’m more excited about where this could go and the opportunities this will provide players in America moving forward." said Suniula at the time of announcement. Shalom, who is currently employed with Atavus Rugby, is also looking at the sport’s promising future in the USA. “Working at Atavus has given me the opportunity to work with well over 1,000 aspiring players per year, hoping to raise a young generation of Eagles who will hopefully go on and do 10 times better than I ever did,” said Shalom.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Warriors Name Alf Daniels Head Coach

Press Release

The Utah Warriors, a founding member of Major League Rugby (MLR), are excited to announce the appointment of Alf Daniels as Head Coach. Daniels will contribute a wealth of experience to the Warriors as he joins the team ahead of the MLR’s inaugural season.

A native of New Zealand, Daniels has coached at almost every level during his 30 year coaching career. After working for the New Zealand Police force, Daniels took a position as the Sports Coordinator at the Church College of New Zealand (CCNZ) working closely with their 1st XV (Varsity) Rugby team.

Since 2009, Daniels has served as a coach and administrator for the Waikato Rugby Union. He began as an assistant coach Waikato U20’s, and spent two years as Head Coach of the Development team before leading the provincial U19 team to three straight Jock Hobbs National U19 Championship finals, winning it all in 2016 and was awarded Kukri Representative Coach of the Year by Waikato Rugby

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