Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Latest Rugby Book Club Selection: Gimp

It's fall, school has begun across the country, the weather is getting colder, and it's time to settle up with a good book. It's also the perfect time to announce our fall selection for our Rugby Book Club. "Gimp" by Mark Zupan and Tim Swanson tells the story of Zupan's life and career as a wheelchair rugby player. For anyone familiar with the movie "Murderball" will be familiar with Zupan. After one night of drinking Zupan was involved in a car accident and ended up in a cold canal for fourteen hours. Paralyzed from the accident Zupan found wheelchair rugby and turned around his life. It's an inspiring story and one we hope you'll ready along with us.

There are plenty of used copies available on Amazon. We'll give you a couple of months and have our review ready in November.

ARP Power Rankings: Old Blue Move Up, Life Number One

Last Saturday was a big day in the ARP with NYAC's last minute win over Old Blue in the New York rivalry and Life's dominating win over Boston. Both of those results had their impact on our power rankings this week.

1) Life (Last Week: 1, beat Boston 42-10)--Life were held by Boston in the first half of their match but led by Rugby Marketplace Player of the Week AJ MacGinty they turned it on in the second half for the big win. They have now wins over two of the top teams in the competition and look favorites to finish first. Up next: Boston Irish Wolfhounds

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Rugby Marketplace Player of the Week: AJ MacGinty

They've only played two matches but Life already look like they will be hard to beat in the American Rugby Premiership. They narrowly beat NYAC and then rolled over Boston last weekend and the biggest reason for their success this year has been the play of fly-half AJ MacGinty. Against Boston he scored two tries, set up several others, made four conversions, and three penalties. Plenty to earn our Rugby Marketplace Player of the Week award. He's also the leading scorer in the ARP with 44 points.  MacGinty becomes U.S.-eligible in January it's highly likely that he'll be called into Eagles camp immediately and could very well be the starting fly-half for the team in the World Cup. 

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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! 

It's Q&A time so make sure you submit your questions by Friday.

National Teams:

A big blow for the Eagles as Shawn Pittman has been forced to retire because of medical issues.

World Cup veteran Jillion Potter is battling cancer and needs your support.

Pat Clifton writes that Carlin Isles and Perry Baker could be a dynamic duo while Alex Goff has more on the selections.

Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith weigh in on the possibilities of rugby in the U.S. in this article on the sport and business.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Q&A: The Call For Questions

Fall is here and fifteens is once again in full force. Not only is the Eagles fall tour fast approaching but you have the Americas Rugby Championship preceding it. Additionally, the American Rugby Championship is off to a strong start, DI is rolling, and the college season has already produced a few surprises. Plus, the Eagles 7s just selected their roster for the Gold Coast 7s. There is a lot happening and with that in mind we thought it was time to have another Q&A to answer a few of your questions. Some recent topics that you may want to ask on include:
  • The Eagles positional battles.
  • The PRP-ARP relationship.
  • What to expect at the ARC.
  • The scheduling situation for Seattle Saracens.
And the list goes on. Feel free to also ask anything you've always wanted to know about the logistics of the site as well as any of our partners! The deadline to submit a question will be Friday evening. As always, submit in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook (like or follow in the process!).

Checking In With Canadians Overseas

Like the Eagles, the Canadian National Team has a number of players playing overseas, including some players in the top leagues of Europe. Two of those players, Jeff Hassler and Tyler Ardron, recently signed three year contract extensions with the Ospreys. Front-row trio Hubert Buydens, Jason Marshall, and Jaki Ilnicki are all seeing time with teams in the Southern Hemisphere. In our latest piece on the Rugby Canada webpage we look at what each player is up to. Make sure to check out the article and share what you think.

Serevi LA. High Performance Training Camp A Success

Press Release

As part of the USA Rugby Academy, Serevi held the first High Performance Training Camp (HPTC) of the 2014-15 series on September 21st at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles for more than 50 young men and women. In the words of USA Rugby National 7’s Director Alex Magleby, “the Serevi powered Academy camps are helping identify and develop players around the country, augmenting USA Rugby’s high school, college, and club competition pathways,” and Los Angeles camp was no exception.

Drills and teaching were led by Serevi coaches Matt Hawkins (former USA Eagles captain and head coach) and Hannah Lockwood (current USA Eagle), joined by current USA Eagle Kelly Griffin and 7's Women's National Team Strength and Conditioning Coach Jared Siegmund.

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