Thursday, July 24, 2014

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 bRugby Marketplace, your independent rugby store! 

Grubber is having a summer clearance sale. Shirts as low as $10.

National Teams:

Rugby America's Ted Hardy is back talking rugby, specifically Mike Friday, the NRFL, and more.

All-American Ben Cima is this week's Rugby Marketplace Player of the Week.

Alex Goff has an update from the All-Americans tour as well as a look back and the Women's College All-American tour. 

Club/College:

Yesterday we took a look at who's qualified for the National Club 7s and who is close.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

National Clubs 7s Qualifier Update: Who's In & Who's Close


Another week of 7s qualifiers is in the book so we thought it would be helpful to see who has clinched a spot at the National Club 7s and who is close. 

Midwest: Chicago Lions, 1823

Just by showing up at the Rock Hard 7s the Chicago Lions and 1823 clinched a spot. However, the teams did even better and both finished in the final. The Lions won making it three wins in five tournaments on the series. 1823 took another win while one tournament was rained out with no winner. Having played so well throughout the Midwest the Lions will have a lot of momentum heading into Seattle.

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Tacoma 7s Celebrates Its 37th Year


The West Coast's oldest 7s tournament takes place this weekend as the Tacoma Aroma 7s celebrate its 37th year. Over the years the Tacoma Rugby Club, which hosts the tournament and is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a club, has seen the competition change. "We were a national qualifier many moons ago but it eliminated our Canadian teams. We used to be 50% Canadian teams and since there is a limited number of teams in our area if you want a bigger tournament you have to draw from what's around, which is Canada," expressed President Emeritus Scott "Barney" Rapp.

The tournament now includes most of the main teams from the Pacific Northwest. Seattle-OPSB will be fielding a couple of teams as they prepare for the National Club 7s, Chuckanut from Bellingham is also attending as our Eastside, Seattle Quake, Buddy Bay, and others. Teams from Oregon, like ORSU and the Portland Pigs, will also be going. This year the tournament will have 12 men's teams, four Old Boys sides, and four women's sides.

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2014 Serevi Cup Coming Together


In conjunction with this years National Club 7s in Seattle Serevi Rugby will be holding their first annual Serevi Cup. It's a one day event designed to highlight and showcase high school talent. According to Serevi Director of Youth Programs Josh Young the goal was also to "provide an opportunity for high school players to observe and meet the best men's and women's rugby 7s teams, players and coaches in the country."

The tournament also has an eye on serving West Coast clubs as an alternative to the CRC high school invitational. In future years Serevi plans on extending the tournament to a two day affair with teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and beyond.

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Rugby Marketplace Player of the Week: Ben Cima

The All-Americans are 0-3 so far on their tour of South America. Although the tour has been disappointing from a results standpoint it has helped players learn where they stand and what they need to work on. It has also helped coaches know which players are ready to step up to the next level. One of the most prime candidates to do that is Ben Cima, who has led the team in scoring this tour. He scored two penalties and a conversion against Argentina and three penalties against Italy. That type of kicking and consistency from a fly-half is exactly what the Eagles need to be developing. Cima already has experience at the Junior All-American level but maybe it's time to see him go one step further.

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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 bRugby Marketplace, your independent rugby store! 

Grubber is having a summer clearance sale. Shirts as low as $10.

National Teams:

Yesterday we caught up with new Eagles 7s coach Mike Friday to get his thoughts on the team, handling two job, and more. He also spoke with USA Rugby.

They fought hard but it wasn't the best day for the High School All-Americans as they fell to Italy yesterday.

Alex Goff caught up with Ben Gollings to talk about preparations for the upcoming Youth Olympics.

U.S.-eligible Pasqualle Dunn has switched clubs and in the process has switched codes.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grubber Summer Clearance Sale, Shirts Starting At $10


Our partners Grubber are getting ready new and exciting designs this fall and need to clear out some space in the warehouse so they are having a clearance sale. You can get long-sleeve and short-sleeve shirts for as little as $10. Shirts that normally have been selling for $20 are now available for $15.

Hurry now because the sale won't last long and you won't want to miss out. Also, if you order more than $30 worth of shirts you will get a free copy of "When I Was Great" from Rugby Marketplace.

Click here to see the sale.

Grubber shirts are great for heading to a rugby match, simply looking good, or for back to school clothes. As always, support for Grubber is support for TIAR. Without our readers supporting Grubber or Rugby Marketplace we wouldn't be able to provide you with the level of rugby news you are used to at TIAR.