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Thursday, June 22, 2017

College All-Americans Finalize Summer Plans

The College All-Americans have finalized their summer plans for both 7s and 15s. Earlier in the year all indications were that the All-Americans were headed back to Australia but with U.S.A. Rugby in a tight financial spot and a big sponsorship needed for the tour changes have been made. Now the team will have a training camp in September followed by a match against Oxford University prior to the Saracens-Newcastle match in Philadelphia. Because that match comes later in the year when school is back in session the 15s camp will focus heavily on players that have already graduated. It will also be used as a selection camp for the USA Selects ahead of the Americas Pacific Challenge.

On the 7s side the College All-Americans are once again returning to the RugbyTown 7s. They are going to face a very tough field in what is shaping up to be a strong tournament. The RugbyTown 7s are at the end of August.

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Eagles Pick Starters To Play Canada

John Mitchell has named his starting line-up to face Canada in Hamilton, Ontario on Saturday. Injuries have shaken things up but Mitchell has also chosen to go with some new combinations. Leading the team out will be Todd Clever who starts at flanker alongside John Quill. Cam Dolan is the No. 8. On the bench are David Tameilau and Andrew Durutalo. After starting two weeks in a row Tony Lamborn is injured and unable to play.

The second row has been given a shake-up with Nate Brakeley set to miss out despite being healthy. His strong partnership with Nic Civetta has been broken up with Ben Landry starting alongside Civetta. In the front row an injury to Chris Baumann leaves Tony Purpura keeping his starting place and Paddy Ryan coming into the team. Ryan has plenty of experience in Europe so that should help the Eagles scrum. James Hilterbrand will start at hooker. The front row reserves are Peter Malcolm, Ben Tarr, and Dino Waldren. There is no word on whether Joe Taufete'e is injured or simply not selected.

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Who Will Start For The Eagles Against Canada?

Photo: Cody Schmelter

The last two weeks head coach John Mitchell has run out mixed sides with the goal of saving some of his players for World Cup qualifying against Canada. The thought was that some of these players are coming off long seasons in Europe and they needed rest to be at their peak. That strategy has led to two losses so far but if the Eagles can come away from Hamilton and San Diego qualified for the World Cup it will have paid off. With all that in mind here's who we think (and will almost certainly be wrong) gets the start against Canada.

Prop: Chris Baumann, Joe Taufete'e, Paddy Ryan, Tony Purpura

On the surface this looks pretty straightforward. Chris Baumann and Paddy Ryan have seemed like the best options so far and would easily be our bet to start. However, a logjam at hooker and the ability of Joe Taufete'e to play prop could shake things up. With James Hilterbrand and Peter Malcolm both more than capable at hooker our guess is that Taufete'e is used at prop and will start alongside Baumann with Paddy Ryan and Tony Purpura on the bench.

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Opening Kick

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National Teams/MLR/ODAs:

Todd Clever has announced his international retirement. His last game, barring injury, will be against Canada in San Diego on July 1st.

Alex Goff shares some milestones from Clever's career.

Cody Schmelter has an awesome article and photos from the Eagles-Georgia match.

The Houston Strikers have added yet another player. This one has gone all over the world playing rugby and ended up back home.


It was a very busy weekend for 7s qualifiers. The Austin Blacks won in the Red River and the WAC won in the Pacific Northwest.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Texas A&M Add Stewart To Staff

Press Release

The Texas A&M Men’s Rugby Club welcomes Jeremy Stewart as an Assistant Forwards Coach for the 2017-2018 rugby season. Coach Stewart returns as a coach to the Aggie Rugby family after taking a few years off to start a family. Aggie Rugby Forwards Coach Johnny Smith says this about the addition to the coaching staff:

"We're excited to have someone with Jeremy's credentials as a player, coach and educator join the club. He will bring a wealth of experience as an educator that will benefit both coaches and players. I've known Jeremy for many years as a player and coach. He's a character guy first and foremost, will have a high standard for the players and assist each to attain the standard.”

Stewart looks forward to returning to the Aggie Rugby Coaching staff stating, “I am excited to be get back on pitch. There is something about coaching that is indescribable. It is comparable to teaching in the classroom. Developing and guiding an athlete to their potential is rewarding and life-giving.”

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South 7s Qualifier Recap

The South 7s are wide and varied. Each of the sub-regions has their own series leading up to the 7s qualifiers next month. Up this week were qualifiers in the True South and the Carolinas.

In the Carolinas it was the Queen City 7s in Charlotte, North Carolina. The home side Charlotte won that tournament by beating Southern Pines three tries to two. That match went to overtime. For Southern Pines it was a positive result despite the loss. They lost to Charlotte earlier in the day. It's still early but Charlotte seem like the favorites to make it out of the Carolinas. The two top teams from each region advance of their respective qualifiers.

In the True South New Orleans won the NOLA 7s beating Optimus 19-12. The semi-finals saw Optimus beat Birmingham and New Orleans beat Memphis. NOLA are also one of the favorites to make it to the South final. Optimus are from Atlanta and would play in the Georgia sub-region.

Photo Gallery: Eagles vs. Georgia

Photographer and journalist Cody Schmelter was at the Eagles-Georgia match in Atlanta over the weekend. He took some great photos and had some observations of the match for his newspaper the Chattanooga Times Free Press. You can find his article here

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