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Friday, February 24, 2017

Northeast Academy Men, Women Win Rainforest 7s

Press Release

The Northeast Men and Women were both crowned champions of the 7th Rainforest 7's tournament over the weekend in San Jose, Costa Rica with a series of dominant performances by both sides, each not conceding a single point throughout the tournament.

For the Women, day 1 saw victories over the national teams of Panama and Costa Rica as well as a Winnipeg (Canada) select side. On day 2, the team maintained form with repeat victories over Costa Rica and Winnipeg and a Tournament All-star side to clinch the trophy. Led by Captain Morgan Roberts, multiple players took the opportunity to raise their hands before the Las Vegas Invitational with Gio Cruz and Kala Crawford in particular impressing. "It was heartening to see the effort put out this weekend', said Head Coach Steve Lewis, "and we now go into the LVI with some form and no little confidence". Kala Crawford was also crowned the top try scorer for the weekend in the Women’s bracket.

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Preview: Eagles Head To Chile


The Eagles have a chance to close out their test portion of the Americas Rugby Championship with a perfect record if they can get past Chile on Saturday. They will close out the tournament against an Argentina XV but that is not a cap match. Chile have been the weakest team in the competition so far scoring hardly any points and not being able to stop their opponents from racking up the points. That said, the last time the Eagles went down to South America for the ARC they came away with two losses, including an embarrassing loss against Brazil. That will certainly be in the back of head coach John Mitchell's mind and the player's minds as they face Chile.

Being able to go 4-0 and set up a winner take all match against Argentina will be huge. With World Cup qualifying on tap this summer and two tough matches against Ireland and Georgia awaiting them this summer earning another win against a team they should beat is a must. Not only should the Eagles beat Chile but they should probably do it by a large margin. They are coming off a big win over Brazil and then an even bigger win against Canada. This is a U.S. team on a roll and it has to continue against Chile. It's easier said than done, however.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview


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Super Rugby is back! As things stand there are only two Americans in the competition this year. Capped Eagle Marcel Brache is with the Western Force while U.S.-eligible Toni Pulu is once again with the Chiefs. It's looking increasingly like he's going to play a big role with the team this year. However, before fans get too excited about him it's worth noting that he is only U.S.-eligible through the Olympic loophole so the likelihood of him playing for the Eagles is very small.

Over in Europe some players are going to be getting a rest. In the Premiership Titi Lamositele will start for Saracens and AJ MacGinty will come off the bench for Sale but that's it as everyone else missed out. Saracens and Sale play each other this weekend. In the Pro12 it's closet to the same story. Still, there will be plenty of players getting time at the lower divisions.

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Weekend Television Listings


Super Rugby is back! The world's toughest club competition is back on ESPN3/WatchESPN for fans of Southern Hemisphere rugby. Additionally, the Six Nations is back! Fans can watch it live on Eversport.tv and then on delay on The Rugby Channel. Eagles fans will also be able to get their fill as they play Chile on Saturday live on The Rugby Channel. If college rugby is your thing the tasty match between Life and Lindenwood will be available as will St. Mary's vs. Cal Poly. Also, the big club battle between Glendale and Austin will be streamed.

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

Friday:
  • Wales Women vs. Scotland Women, 1:20 p.m. et/10:20 a.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Harlequins vs. Leicester, 2:30 p.m. et/10:30 a.m. pt (live on NBCSN)
  • Munster vs. Scarlets, 2:45 p.m. et/11:45 a.m. pt (live on The Rugby Channel)
  • Hurricanes vs. Sunwolves, 11:15 p.m. et/8:15 p.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Brumbies vs. Crusaders, 1:35 a.m. et (Sunday)/10:35 p.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
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Opening Kick


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National Teams/ODAs:

Head coach John Mitchell has made some changes to the Eagles starters as they take on Chile.

Jackie Finlan has more on a sabbatical for Lauren Doyle and the work of Sam Pankey.

Nate Brakeley was profiled but the local paper in Cambridge where he earned his graduate degree.

Club/College:

Cal and Central Washington have earned first round byes in the Varsity Cup. You can check out the full bracket here.

The latest TIAR College Top Ten Power Rankings are out with St. Mary's moving to first.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

DI Recap: Huns Show Dominance

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Red River

The Austin Huns once again showed they are the top team in the Red River this year with a win over their rivals the Austin Blacks. The Blacks have been the best team in the Red River over the last few years but with an infusion of talent the Huns have taken over the top spot. The Huns opened up a lead with first half tries from Brian Welbornand and Pierce Reed. Sam Rooke had a try for the Blacks as it was 12-7 at the break. In the second half the Huns broke it open with tries from Timothee Guillimin, Sani Taylor, Mason Pedersen, Hanco Germishuys, and Lomani Tongotongo. Tane Jericevich scored for the Blacks to make the final 45-14.

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Eagles Picked To Play Chile


Head coach John Mitchell was always going to have to make changes after his team beat Canada last week with several players returning to their clubs. That said, Mitchell has kept some veterans in the team while giving an opportunity to youngsters as the team faces Chile in the first leg of their two leg South American trip.

Nate Augspurger will captain the team from the wing. It's the third week in a row he's found himself on the wing with Shaun Davies getting the start at scrumhalf. Augspurger has done well at the position and has allowed Mitchell to get both he and Davies on the pitch at the same time. Joining Augspurger on the wing is Spike Davis who returns to the starting line-up. Mike Te'o will keep his spot at fullback.

Joining Davies in the halfbacks is Ben Cima at flyhalf. After two starts for Will Magie Cima gets another chance to prove himself. Magie is on the bench.

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