Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving From TIAR!

Have a fun and safe holiday! We'll see you all tomorrow. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mike Lawrenson To Coach Palmer

As the saying goes, every time one door closes, another opens. That's definitely true in the case of Mike Lawrenson. After earning a contract and seeing playing time with Counties Manukau in the ITM Cup a blood clot in practice put Lawrenson in hospital for a couple weeks and sidelined him from playing rugby for the time being, he's been announced as the head coach at Palmer.

Still, Lawrenson isn't staying idle as it was announced that he has been named the head coach at Palmer. Lawrenson played a Palmer for a time being after graduating from Kutztown. "I've played rugby around the world, yet there has always been something special to me about Palmer Rugby. I am honored and humbled at the confidence in my ability to make this program as successful as it deserves to be and am excited about the project that has been entrusted to me. We're a family of future doctors and I hope to restore the brotherhood while providing a platform for the men to play their best and most enjoyable rugby." said Lawrenson in a press release. Hopefully he can also get back out on the pitch soon as he eemed to be playing well with the Steelers and had a future with the Eagles.

TIAR's Annual Holiday Rugby Gift Guide

It's time once again for TIAR's annual rugby gift guide.  If you want to get something for yourself or for you rugby loving friends and family, this is the place. Even better, all items on the gift guide go to help keep TIAR up and running! This year we are proud to feature items from our partners Grubber and Rugby Marketplace, as well as Royal Rugby Boots, Canterbury USA, and ATAVUS.

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Grubber: The shirts at Grubber are designed to be more than just something to be worn to the pitch, there are designed to look good in any situation. Grubber's goal is to provide  comfortable and contemporary rugby apparel that any fan can proudly wear. Currently featuring shirts inspired by the culture of rugby around the world each shirt is something unique that will get people talking.

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ACRC Bowl Series Recap

Last weekend saw some of the top fall 15s playing teams gather in North Carolina and the Rugby Athletic Center for the ACRC Bowls Series. In the end the tournament saw plenty of strong play and surprises along the way.

Indiana 38-34 Kutztown

As the marquee match of the tournament the battle between Indiana and Kutztown didn't disappoint. Indiana had been barred from postseason play the last couple of years for a eligibility violation and this was their first opportunity to show how strong they have been. They did that and more as the took it to, and eventually beat, a very town Kutztown side. The match began with Indiana picking up a penalty and then a try to take a 10-0 lead. Kutztown answered with a try of their own three minutes later before a penalty from Teddy Terezis (who had all of Indiana's points so far) pushed the lead up to 13-7.

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Report: U.S. To Play Two A6N Matches In Texas

According to the Austin Blacks the U.S. are set to play two of their Americas Six Nations in Texas. This backs up what we understood to be in the works but had not yet been finalized a few weeks ago. The Eagles will be playing Argentina at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on February 6th and then Canada in Austin at Dell Diamond baseball park the following week, most likely on February 13th.

The choice of Texas makes a lot of sense. Warm weather is needed to play the match leaving only a few options like Florida, the Carolinas, California, etc. Additionally, Texas makes a lot of sense from a travel perspective given that Houston is a major hub to South America. This will allow teams to fly in and out of the U.S. more easily.

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Opening Kick

Opening Kick is a segment devoted to bringing you all Eagles and U.S.A. Rugby news in one location. It is brought to you everyday by Rugby Marketplace, your independent rugby store

National Teams/PRO Rugby:

Mike Friday wrote on the World Rugby website about the Eagles preparations for Dubai.

Friday and Carlin Isles were featured in this video on the Eagles training atmosphere.

PRO Rugby has put out the call for players. They are also our question of the week where we asked what will be the next team to be announced.

GQ talks to Shalom Suniula about what goes into a rugby player's diet.

Jake Frechette weighs in on what he expects out of the Eagles 7s this year.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PRO Rugby Puts Out Call For Players

First came an announcement that they were looking for coaches and now PRO Rugby has announced that they are looking for players. From what we understand the league will have spots open for three to five international players per team. It's possible that some of those players will be marquee players but the much more likely scenario is that younger players looking to get more game time. That could mean players on loans or players that simply may not have an opportunity for good playing time. On the domestic front PRO Rugby will be holding player combines later this year and early next year.

QUALITY PLAYERS REQUIRED:INTERNATIONAL (Non-USA) onlyPRO Rugby is seeking a limited number of international...
Posted by PRO Rugby North America on Tuesday, November 24, 2015