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Friday, October 21, 2016

November Test Play A Role In World Cup Qualifying

The upcoming November internationals are going to be key to the U.S. vs. Canada World Cup qualifying series next year. From what TIAR understands from multiple sources the World Rugby rankings released in December will decide who hosts the second of two matches this summer for a spot in the World Cup. The U.S. are currently 17th in the rankings with 65.60 points while Canada are just one spot behind at 18th and 64.53 points.

With the two teams so close in the rankings the November internationals are going to be key. One distinct advantage for Canada is that they have three opportunities to earn points while the U.S. only have two. Canada will face Ireland, Romania, and Samoa this fall while the U.S. will play Romania and Tonga. Their match against the Maori All Blacks doesn't count toward the rankings.

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Rugby East Drop On All Three Conference Races

by Ryan J. Trost
This is American Rugby – Rugby East

As the year has progressed in Rugby East, some statistical tells have begun to form. Yes, it’s clear that Penn State, Army, Wheeling and Kutztown are still in their own stratosphere. Wins, Points For, Points Against, Points Differential and Bonus points: Name the top four teams in any one of those categories and you’ve named the top four in all of them. Hint: All four have already been named.

Other teams in the conference are showing signs of splitting away from the typical chase pack though too, making this year’s tour a three tiered race. Iona and St. Bonaventure in particular, though unable to upset any of them, have been competitive with the lead group for long periods of play.

They both have also shown an ability to run up the score against the other lower ranked teams in the conference. Iona shut out Delaware 33 – 0 in week two, while Bonaventure handled both Buffalo and West Virginia by an average margin of 32 points.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup once again dominate for Americans overseas. The regulars like Chris Wyles, Samu Manoa, and Blaine Scully will once again either start (Wyles and Scully) or come off the bench (Manoa). That is pretty much it as injury or rest limits the number of players getting time with the big exception of Taku Ngwenya. He is going to start for Brive after coming off the bench and playing good minutes last week. In the British & Irish Cup Cam Dolan will get a chance to play for Cardiff. Down in the Southern Hemisphere Chris Baumann is going to get another start for Wellington as they try to make it into the Mitre 10 Cup final. Baumann has been a big player for Wellington this year and he could be moving on to other opportunities. Also starting over the weekend is Marcel Brache who is in the NRC final along with the Perth Spirit.

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Weekend Television Listings

Fans are going to have a lot of options to view this weekend. The All Blacks long winning streak is on the line as they take on the Wallabies in Bledisloe III. The match is set to be aired live on ESPN2 as well as online. It's championship time in the Southern Hemisphere with the Currie Cup and NRC having their finals and the Mitre 10 Cup having its semi-finals.  Back in the States the West Coast 7s 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.

  • Australia vs. New Zealand, 2:30 a.m. et/11:30 p.m. pt (Friday) (live on ESPN2 and ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Perth Spirit vs. NSW Country Eagles, 4:45 a.m. et/1:45 a.m. pt (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Blue Bulls vs. Free State Cheetahs, 10:00 a.m. et/7:00 a.m. pt (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Harlequins vs. Edinburgh, 10:15 a.m. et/7:15 a.m. pt (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Scarlets vs. Saracens, 12:30 p.m. et/9:30 a.m. pt (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Bath vs. Pau, 2:45 p.m. et/11:45 a.m. pt (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Counties Manukau vs. Canterbury, 9:05 p.m. et/6:05 p.m. pt (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Wellington vs. North Harbour, 9:35 p.m. et/6:35 p.m. pt (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Tasman vs. Taranaki, 11:35 p.m. et/8:35 p.m. pt (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • Wasps vs. Toulouse, 10:15 a.m. et/7:15 a.m. Pt (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
  • West Coast 7s, 3:00 p.m. et/12:00 p.m. pt (live on The Rugby Channel)

Dan Lyle Leaves United World Sports

Dan Lyle is leaving his Vice President position at United World Sports for a position with AEG, and entertainment company with a reach around the world. However, this doesn't mean he is leaving rugby. AEG is increasingly getting into rugby and he'll help that effort grow. Here is the release from UWS:
White Plains, NY October 21, 2016- United World Sports today announced that Dan Lyle, Executive Vice President, Sponsorships has resigned his position effective immediately. Lyle will be joining AEG to help expand their rugby platform in the United States and abroad. UWS and AEG are working as potential partners on several to be announced rugby projects in the United States.

“We wish Dan nothing but the best in his new position with AEG and think that this will help United World Sports work even closer and more proactively with AEG on our upcoming joint programs,” UWS CEO Jon Prusmack said. “The business of rugby in the United States has never had a brighter future, and we are excited to continue to be the leading company in creating and promoting the biggest annual events in the United States.”

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National Teams/PRO Rugby/ODAs:

John Mitchell recently sat down with Sport24 in South Africa to talk about the Eagles and rugby in general.

Langilangi Haupeakui sat down with Glasgow to talk about his arrival at the club.


NYAC and Life opened up the Atlantic Cup over the weekend with NYAC winning. Mystic River and Old Blue registered blowouts in the ARP.

Ryan Trost recaps the latest from the Rugby East.

The Glendale Raptors are hosting a combine for interested players.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Glendale Raptors Hosting Combine

Press Release

Glendale, CO - The Glendale Raptors Rugby Football Club announces an exciting milestone on the road towards the 2017 spring season of elite rugby in Glendale, CO. The club is set to host their first open combine and tryouts for athletes who are hoping to play elite rugby beginning January 2017.

The 1-day combine is in Glendale, CO at Infinity Park Sports Field on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

Registration: 8-8:45am
AM Session: 9am-12pm
Lunch: 12-1:30pm
PM Session: 1:30-5:00pm
Barbeque to follow

Coaches from all team divisions (Elite, D2, D3) will be available to gauge player athleticism and abilities. Athletes must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the combine. No application is required, however, all athletes must register and pay a $30 fee, which covers lunch, support staff and a t-shirt. Athletes interested in a future in 15s or 7s rugby are welcome to attend the combine.

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