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Friday, September 22, 2017

Interview With Scrum Guru Jase Ryan

By Derek Sagehorn

The Rugby Site is partnering with the Pelicans, representative side for the Northern California Rugby Football Union (NCRFU), to produce a skills clinic led by Crusaders scrum coach Jase Ryan. Set for October 6 and 7, 2017 at San Francisco Golden Gate on Treasure Island, the first day will focus on contact and continuity while the second day concentrates on front row scrummaging. Tickets are available here with special rates for NCRFU members and clubs)

This Is American Rugby (Derek Sagehorn) spoke to Jase Ryan about scrums, coaching and his Front Row Club.

This Is American Rugby: How and where did you get your start coaching?

Jase Ryan: I have always had a passion for scrum coaching and basically fell into coaching by chasing a dream to be a professional coach. I started from the bottom at club rugby in Christchurch at my local club Sydenham. I then moved on to some Crusaders & Canterbury Academy coaching, Coached in Brazil, the New Zealand Black ferns, NZ Under 20, Canterbury & now the Crusaders. Scott Robertson (Razor) gave me an opportunity 5 years ago to be scrum coach for Canterbury, and then Forwards coach for Canterbury, running Scrum & Line-out. I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for him giving me an opportunity years ago.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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The good news for several Americans overseas is that they are slowly making their way back from injury. Blaine Scully wasn't picked for Cardiff this week but he's back in the selection talks which is only a good thing. Dave Ryan and Tony Lamborn both seem to have put their injuries behind them with starts once again. Also starting once again is AJ MacGinty. He has been a fixture for Sale early in the season. However, not lining up against him is Chris Wyles who rests this week for Saracens. Titi Lamositele is still making it back from injury. The only other player that will play in the Premiership this weekend is Joe Taufete'e who is on the bench for Worcester. Over in the Guinness Pro14 Thretton Palamo will make his debut for the Dragons and it's a start. In the lower divisions Andrew Durutalo starts for Ealing while Dino Waldren is on the bench for London Scottish. In France, Samu Manoa, Taku Ngwenya, and Eric Fry all start.

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Weekend Television Listings

With The Rugby Championship on a break this week the attention turns to the Premiership and Pro14. The Premiership is on NBCSN and the Pro14 is on The Rugby Channel. Other than that there is a double-header in Glendale and a college match on tap.  

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


  • Gloucester vs. Worcester, 2:30 p.m. et/11:30 a.m. pt (live on NBC Sports Gold)
  • Saracens vs. Sale, 10:00 a.m. et/7:00 a.m. pt (live on NBC Sports Gold) 
  • Connacht vs. Cardiff, 10:15 p.m. et/7:15 a.m. pt (live on The Rugby Channel)
  • Wisconsin vs. Indiana, 2:00 p.m. et/11:00 a.m. et (live on The Rugby Channel) 
  • Glendale Merlins Men vs. Mystic River, 5:00 p.m. et/2:00 p.m. pt (live on Infinity Park Match Player)
  • Glendale Merlins Women vs. Lindenwood, 7:00 p.m. et/4:00 p.m. pt (live on Infinity Park Match Player)

  • Exeter vs. Wasps, 10:30 p.m. et/7:30 p.m. pt (delay on NBCSN)

Opening Kick

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National Teams/MLR/ODAs:

One columnist says rugby in the U.S. needs a billionaire's investment to succeed.

The latest Rugby Wrap Up studio show looks at whether the Premiership's match in the U.S. was a success or failure

Alex Goff has some notes from the USA Selects


Rocky Gorge and Norfolk have stayed perfect in Mid-Atlantic play.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Metropolis, Chicago Leading In Midwest

Another slate of full matches in the Midwest and another win for Metropolis. The team is now 5-0 on the season with 24 points. The Chicago Lions improved to 4-1 and are just three points back. Behind them are Columbus and Kansas City who are on a roll.

Metropolis had a relatively easy time with the Cincinnati Wolfhounds. They ran out to a 28-0 lead just twenty minutes in. They would go on to win 54-10.  The Chicago Lions beat Palmer 34-13. That match was relatively close early with a couple of penalties from JP Eloff and a try from Harrison Deck putting the Lions up 13-3. It would be 13-6 at halftime before The Lions ran away with the match late.

The Kansas City Blues have won two in a row with a 74-5 win over the Chicago Griffins. The closest match was Columbus eding the Milwaukee Barbarians 38-35. That match was also a match of runs. Columbus led 17-0 pearly before Milwaukee was later able to take the lead at 28-24. From there Columbus outscored Milwaukee two tries to one. 

Rocky Gorge, Norfolk Stay Perfect In Mid-Atlantic

The second week of the Mid-Atlantic saw Rocky Gorge, the Norfolk Blues, and the Pittsburgh Harlequins. That moves Norfolk and Rocky Gorge as the only two unbeaten sides. The closest match of the round was the Norfolk Blues edging the Schuylkill River Exiles 29-28. Norfolk held a 22-0 lead for the first 55 minutes before the Exiles made a big comeback to get back within one when Brian Keown scored with less than ten minutes left. However, a try from Ben McDougall would put Norfolk ahead and despite a late try from Schuylkill River's Richard Casey Norfolk would hold on for the win.

In the other matches of the round Rocky Gorge got by Maryland rivals the Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies 24-9. The Brumbies actually held a 9-3 lead into the second half but tries from Josh Brown, Bryan Perez, and Ben Cima would seal it for Rocky Gorge. Lastly, the Pittsburgh Harlequins beat Washington Irish 30-17. 

Silicon Valley 7s Announce Trio Of College Teams

Press Release

United World Sports, the owner and operator of the largest annual rugby events in the United States, today announced that The University of Southern California, Stanford University and Santa Clara University are the first three schools admitted to the Silicon Valley International 7’s Collegiate 7s Fall Classic, which will be part Silicon Valley International 7’s rugby weekend at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium on Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th. The college field will serve as a great compliment to the elite international matchups which will be featured throughout the weekend.

“Rugby is the fastest growing intercollegiate team sport in the US, and we are proud to announce the first three entrants into our college field,” said Tournament Director Jon Hinkin. “There is no doubt that the next U.S. Olympic team will be made up of the college stars of today, and we are proud to be able to give these rising athletes such a great forum alongside most of the elite rugby nations of the world.”

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