Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Closer Look At The Eagles 7s Camp Roster

Mike Friday gives instructions at camp. Photo: Alex Magleby
The Eagles 7s are busy in camp trying to make one last impression for Mike Friday ahead of the Gold Coast 7s. Although a player like Danny Barrett, who is on trial with Gloucester, or an overseas professional like Brett Thompson could be in consideration for the team it's safe to say that all but one or two of the players headed to Australia should come out of this camp. The big question is who is it going to be.

Friday and the rest of the Eagles management have stressed repeatedly that every player chosen to go to a particular round of the Series will be chosen on his current form, not on what he has done in the past. A lot will also be based on conditioning as well. Those factors have the opportunity to allow new players on to the team but if you look at those in camp there are several obvious names that would be a big surprise if they did not make it on merit.

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Dartmouth Beat Cornell In Season Opener

Press Release

Hanover, NH – The Big Green hosted the Big Red at the perfectly manicured Brophy Field on Saturday for Dartmouth’s home opener of the fall season. Questions about the technicalities of last year’s Ivy League set up and the fallibility of comparison across Ivy League north/south conferences instilled extra significance into Saturday’s game. The Big Green quickly extinguished any debate over superiority, striking an invigorating one and a half minutes into play, and finishing the day with a decisive 61-10 victory.

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Magleby, Friday Discuss Eagles Camp

U.S.A. Rugby posted this video earlier today or Alex Magleby and Mike Friday talking about the current Eagles 7s camp.

Lindenwood University Women’s Rugby Recruitment Weekend

Press Release

The Lindenwood Women will be holding a recruitment weekend from October 3rd to October 5th. The Lindenwood Lions are a Division 1, full funded varsity program with the ability to offer rugby scholarships to student athletes to make college education even more feasible for students and families.

The weekend is for juniors and seniors in high school that are interested in playing college rugby while they pursue their college degree. Players will have the option to come in on their own and stay with a player on campus or if they come in with their families the program can refer hotels within miles from the campus to stay at. Players have the option of taking a tour of the beautiful St. Charles campus on Friday afternoon or Saturday afternoon depending upon arrival. Students will then meet the coaching staff and players Friday night for a team dinner.

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National Teams:

Danny Barrett has joined Seamus Kelly on trial at Gloucester.

Hayden Smith went the full 80 minutes for Saracens over the weekend and was happy to do it. You can see how he and all the other Americans did overseas here.

Kate Zackary from the women's Eagles 7s has a report from the team's trip to Alaska.


It was one of the most highly anticipated ARP matches and lived up to expectation as Life edged NYAC.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Club Weekend Review: Metropolis Beats Chicago, Norfolk Rolls

Fans turning out to watch Metropolis vs. Chicago.

The battle between Metropolis and the Chicago Lions was expected to be intense and it delivered. Both teams were neck and neck in the standings but in the end Metropolis did enough to beat the Lions 29-24. Metropolis looked in control for most of the match before the Lions made things interested with two tries at the end.

Palmer are hoping to make serious waves this season. They certainly sent a message with their 42-18 win over the Chicago Griffins. All-American Mike Lawrenson scored a try and had two yellow cards for Palmer. The Griffins had a red card in what could only be described as a feisty match.Columbus earned an important 43-26 win over the Kansas City Blues.  The Blues had to make the long trip to Ohio and it seemed to show as the team struggled in defense and allowed Columbus to score in bunches. Lastly, the Milwaukee Barbarians beat the Cincinnati Wolfhounds 32-15.

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Life Gets Tight Win Over NYAC

The 2014 Remembrance Cup, was held in beautiful conditions at Travers Island. The large crowd, were there to witness the American Rugby Premiership match up between the 2014 National DI Champions Life and NYAC.  The match was also to pay tribute to the memory of the three NYAC players, Sean Lugano, Mark Ludvigson and Brent Woodall, who died in the tragic events of 9/11.

Life, coached by ex-Eagle Dan Payne, took an early 3-0 lead after 10 minutes through a penalty from ex NYAC fly-half AJ MacGinty. NYAC, who were under some intense pressure at scrum time all afternoon, struck back with a try from captain Mike Petri, who had a clean line break and touched down under the posts.

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