Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Opening Kick

Opening Kick is a segment devoted to bringing you all Eagles and U.S.A. Rugby news in one location. It is brought to you everyday bRugby Marketplace, your independent rugby store! 

Grubber is having a summer clearance sale. Shirts as low as $10.

We are very proud to launch the TIAR Network. A group of sites dedicated to covering rugby at the grassroots level.

National Teams:

Paul Tait has a Q&A with Lou Stanfill about the November tour and more.

Hope Rogers talks about the need for balance in the last from the Final in '14 blog.

The Women's College All-Americans came back from their tour of Canada with a sweep.

Club/College:

The last of the 7s qualifiers are complete. We take a look at who came away with a victory last weekend.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

7s Qualifier Recap: National Berths Sewn Up


It was the last weekend of qualifiers around the country with the rest of the berths to the National Club 7s sewn up.

West

The West was the most exciting race heading into the weekend's Omaha 7s with the Denver Barbarians, Glendale Raptors, and Kansas City Blues all tied at the top of the table. The two finalists would gain berths to nationals while one team would be on the outside looking in. Fortunately for the Barbarians and the Blues they did enough to advance to the final where the Barbarians eventually taking home the title with a 24-10 win.  The Raptors played the Blues in the semi-finals where the Blues won 24-12.

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Launching The TIAR Network


It's a big day at This Is American Rugby as we're proud to launch the TIAR Network, a group of sites dedicated to covering rugby in various parts of the country. At TIAR we are committed to bringing you the type of rugby coverage that you want. However, while we've been able to cover the Eagles, various other national teams, Americans Overseas, and college and club rugby we haven't been able to write about everything we felt was worthy to share. To help get more of the untold rugby stories out there into the American public we've decided to launch the TIAR Network.

We've begun with sites covering rugby in Arizona, Texas, and Ohio with plans to add more in the near future. The goal is to allow our local team of writers the ability to uncover the grassroots element of rugby on a more personal level. We've brought on what we think are a really great set of writers that we hope you'll support and we'd like to introduce you to them. 

Teams, Pools Confirmed For National Club 7s

The pools and schedule for the upcoming National Club 7s in Seattle on August 9-10 are set with 16 men's and 16 women's teams scheduled to compete. On the men's side only one team has elected to not play in the tournament. SFGG, who is also playing in the World Club 7s in Limerick the same weekend, will not be playing and instead the East Palo Alto Razorbacks, who finished second in NorCal, will take their place. Club Director Bruce Thomas told TIAR that the club had intended on fielding two teams but a number of injuries have prevented them from putting out two squads.

The hosts and defending champions Seattle Saracens headline Pool A that also includes New Orleans, Schuylkill River, and the Kansas City Blues. Among the pools this may be the most difficult top to bottom.

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South Carolina Creates Men's Endowment Fund

Press Release

Through our relationship with Carolina Promise, the Carolina Rugby Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Carolina Men's Rugby Endowment Fund. This tax-deductible account will promote the spirit and high ideals of Carolina Rugby through a long term endowment fund that will provide sustainable returns for the program for years to come. With generous donations from the Smolka Family, the fund currently sits at $50,000, with interest funds available to the team after a one year maturation period.

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World Rugby Weekend Review

South Africa celebrate their gold at the Commonwealth Games.
Super Rugby

And then there were two. Last weekend's Super Rugby semi-finals weren't nearly as exciting as the week before with the Waratahs and the Crusaders both cruising to easy victories. The Waratahs will host next week's match after they dispatched the Brumbies 26-8. Alofa Alofa scored a try just two minutes into the match followed by a Bernard Foley penalty to make it 8-0. Henry Speight scored a try and Christian Leali'ifano hit a penalty to make it 8-8. However, that was it for the Brumbies as Foley hit another penalty before the half. Kurtley Beale and they Foley would score tries on the other side of the half to give the Waratahs the win.

The long season and the trip to Christchurch caught up with the Sharks as they fell to the Crusaders 38-6. The Sharks only managed two penalties from Pat Lambie in the first half. The Crusaders did whatever they wanted in the match with three first half penalties from Dan Carter and a try from Kieran Read. In the second half the Crusaders turned it on with tries from Nemani Nasiganiyavi, Willi Heinz, Johnny McNicholl, and Matt Todd. The last three of those tries came after the 60th minute.

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Opening Kick

Opening Kick is a segment devoted to bringing you all Eagles and U.S.A. Rugby news in one location. It is brought to you everyday bRugby Marketplace, your independent rugby store! 

Grubber is having a summer clearance sale. Shirts as low as $10.

National Teams:

The New York City 7s team will have its fair share of players with national team experience. Luke Hume, Seamus Kelly, Will Holder, Pono Haitsuka, Carlin Isles, and Maka Unufe are set to accompany a very strong roster of local players to the World Club 7s legs in Limerick and London.

The High School All-Americans finished their tour of South America on a positive note by beating Uruguay. Also, Alex Goff looks at the lessons from the tour.

The Women Eagles are just days away from their start to the World Cup. We caught up with Deven Owsiany to check in on the team's preparations.

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