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Thursday, May 28, 2015

All-PRP Selections: The Forwards

As we continue to look back at the PRP season we issue our All-PRP Selections, beginning with the forwards. They weren't easy choices and there are plenty of arguments for other players but we think we've got it pretty close.

1. Nick Wallace (Glendale): He missed some time away with the Eagles on their tour of South America but he was a huge contributor for Glendale when he was around. He was obvious he was a step above the others. Honorable mention: Patrick Latu (SFGG)

2. Zach Fenoglio (Glendale): Like Wallace, Fenoglio missed time in the second half of the season but he was outstanding when he did play. He really made his mark in the open field (hopefully you all caught his intercept try). Honorable mention: Adam Clarkin (OMBAC), Neill Barrett (SFGG)

3. Chris Baumann (Santa Monica): We had Darrell Honaker from Olympic Club in our mid-season selection but availability issues in the second half the season saw Baumann advance over him. Santa Monica weren't that good but Baumann was fantastic. Honorable mention: Darrell Honaker (Olympic Club) 

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TIAR's 2015 College Mock Draft: Round 2

Yesterday day we debuted our 2015 College Mock Draft where we take the top college seniors* in the country and hypothetically draft them to Seattle, ARP, and PRP teams. Today we'll feature our concluding round.

*Again, we've tried our best but we may be off who is returning for a fifth year.

Update: We somehow missed Martin Iosefo from Montana. Consider him a first round pick.

1. Boston Irish Wolfhounds: Kalei Konrad, San Diego State 

After having drafted Madison Hughes first in the first round the Wolfhounds could round out their future halfback pair by picking Konrad. He flies under the radar at SDSU but after already having experience playing in the PRP with OMBAC has shown he can contribute.

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Cam Dolan Leaving Northampton

Barring a summer signing there won't be any Americans at Northampton next year. The club announced their list of players leaving the Saints this summer and in addition to Samu Manoa's already announced move to Toulon it looks like Cam Dolan will also be leaving the team. There are strong rumors that he will be joining a team in Wales but that has yet to be confirmed.

Dolan signed with Northampton back in December of 2013 and spent most of his time playing with the Wanderers in the 'A' League. He was a consistent player for that side but struggled to break into the first team with only one appearance in the LV= Cup to his name. He did, however, have some success playing 7s for the team.

What do you make of the news? Think it's a good move? 

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The Summer of Rugby, as we're calling it, is packed with events. A reader chipped in with his analysis comparing the big events.

The latest Try and Tackle podcast is out where we discuss the Women's Sevens Series


We had a bit of fun yesterday and held a mock draft placing college seniors on teams from the PRP, ARP, and Seattle.

Lindenwood's Sebastien Kalm spoke with Alex Solomon about his team's win at the College 7s Nationals.

In a couple of college notes, LSU has joined the Red River while Army's Mahan has retired.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer of Rugby Event Comparison (Updated)

This summer will be known as the Summer of Rugby here in America. Typically the U.S. sees two or maybe three Eagles matches a year along with the Vegas 7s, CRC, and Varsity Cup. This year there will be four Eagles home matches and several outside events, including those run by RugbyLaw. These events have solicited a lot of reaction from fans. We had one fan, who wanted to remain anonymous because of his position, submit a ranking of events using various criteria. We thought it was extremely interesting and wanted to pass it on.

2015 will see a record number of live elite rugby being played in stadiums across the country that include both 7s and 15s, national teams, college sides, and club teams.  These events are being organized by established organizations like USA Rugby and United World Sports and a new group, RugbyLaw, is also jumping into the rugby event management business.

This year’s elite rugby stadium season started with USA 7s in Vegas and the Varsity Cup in Utah and continues this weekend with the CRC in Philadelphia.  Next comes the NACRA 7s in Cary, followed by Eagles matches on both coasts, two NRFL/Rugby Law events and concludes with the Eagles taking on the Wallabies in Chicago.

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College Notes: LSU Joins Red River, Army's Mahan Retires

A couple of notes to pass on from the world of college rugby.

Louisiana State Joins Red River Conference

(Press Release) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana State University Rugby Club will be joining D1A Rugby for the 2015-16 season as the newest member of the Red River Conference.

Formally a member of the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference, LSU cites an increase in the level of competition, the opportunity to enhance its recruitment of high school players out of Texas, and renewing its rivalry with Texas A&M as reasons to spring for the Red River.

“We decided to make a change that gives LSU Rugby the best chance to succeed moving forward,” said club President Zach Stratton. “We’re very excited for this upcoming season, and competing against new teams in the Red River Conference who have all been very welcoming and hospitable towards us joining the conference.”

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