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Friday, June 24, 2016

Fry Signs With Sacramento, PRO Rugby Weekend Rosters


Eric Fry has been rumored to be joining PRO Rugby since his season with Newcastle finished last month and finally it's happened. TIAR can confirm that Fry has signed with PRO Rugby for the rest of the season. Like with all contracts Fry has signed with the league but will play in Sacramento, his hometown. Sacramento already had a solid prop group with Val Lee-Lo and Ollie Kilifi and this just strengthens it. Fry will start for the Express this weekend against Denver.

Also making the start for Sacramento is Cam Falcon who is filling in for Ray Barkwill who is with Canada. Additionally, John Quill gets a break and Langilangi Haupeakui is with the Eagles meaning that Ryan Koewler and Kali Tavake will start in the flankers. The biggest news for the Express might be the return of Harry Bennett to his role as fly-half. Bennett was big for the team early on and his loss coincided with a string of bad results.

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Eagles Name Starters To Face Russia


The Eagles were always going to make some changes with injuries impacting a couple of players and some players leaving to go play 7s. As a result head coach John Mitchell has swapped out Andrew Durutalo for Tony Lamborn, the injured Greg Peterson for James King, and the injured Taku Ngwenya for Mike Te'o. Otherwise there aren't any other changes to the line-up except on the bench where Langilangi Haupeakui and Steve Tomasin could earn their first caps. Luke Hume also makes the gameday squad.  It's no surprise that the Eagles are going with the same line-up that played Italy last week. This core group is coming on well and there is really no reason to drop some of these players with only two tests this summer.

Of big note, Todd Clever is set to become the most-capped Eagle of all-time when he steps on to the pitch.

Forwards: Titi Lamositele, James Hilterbrand, Chris Baumann, Nate Brakeley, James King, Tony Lamborn, Todd Clever, Cam Dolan

Backs: Nate Augspurger, AJ MacGinty, Blaine Scully, Shalom Suniula, Thretton Palamo, Mike Te'o, Will Holder

Bench: Joe Taufete'e, Ben Tarr, Angus MacLellan, Harry Higgins, Langilangi Haupeakui, Steve Tomasin, Chad London, Luke Hume


Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview


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Samu Manoa and Toulon will play for the Top 14 title today in Barcelona. If he wins Manoa will become the first American to win both the Premiership title and the Top 14 title. If he is every able to add the European Champions Cup he will become the most decorated American of all time in Europe.

Australia:

Super Rugby

Marcel Brache and the Western Force have the weekend off.

James Hilterbrand and the Waratahs have the weekend off. He mainly plays with Manly in the Shute Shield but he's with the Eagles.

Shute Shield

Chris Chapman and Sydney University play Warringah on Saturday.

James Hilterbrand isn't in the line-up for Manly as they play Penrith on Saturday. Hilterbrand is with the Eagles.

Dewar Shield

James King isn't in the line-up for Moorabbin as they play Melbourne on Saturday. King is with the Eagles.

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Weekend Television Listings


It's another very busy weekend for international rugby beginning with the Eagles taking on Russia in Sacramento. The match will be streamed live on The Rugby Channel as well as being aired on replay the next day on CBS Sports Network. Some fans were not happy with TRC after the picture was lost in the last few minutes of the Eagles-Italy match. Outside of the U.S. vs. Russia there are two PRO Rugby matches once again as well as a full slate of internationals.  

If you know of an event or a tournament that is not on our list, please share it with us at thisisamericanrugby@gmail.com.

Friday:
  • Toulon vs. Racing, 2:45 p.m. et/11:45 a.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)

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Opening Kick

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National Teams/PRO Rugby:

We once again check in on the PRO Rugby standings, attendance, scoring leaders, and name our Player of the Week.

We also have our latest PRO Rugby Power Rankings with Ohio taking over the top spot.

Photographer Connie Hatfield was at San Diego's last home match and got some great shots.

The Women's Collegiate All-Americans have been announced.

Jackie Finlan has more on Jamila Reinhardt who is trying to break into the Eagles.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

PRO Rugby Power Rankings: Ohio New #1


There is a change in our power rankings with Ohio taking over first place. Prior to the season few pegged the Aviators to be in that spot but with big wins over San Diego and Denver they are rolling.

1. Ohio (5-3-0; LW: 2, beat Denver 48-27): The rise for Ohio continues with their most important victory of the season. Had they lost to Denver last Sunday it would have been lights out and their shot at a title gone. Now they have life with a chance, albeit still uphill, to catch the Stampede. They are getting key contributions from a lot of players and Dom Waldouck's introduction has been massive. When they get Angus MacLellan back they are going to be even more dangerous. Up next: San Francisco

2. Denver (6-1-0; LW: 1; lost to Ohio 48-27): It's a bit rough to knock the Stampede down a peg after only one loss but it was the way they lost to did it for us. Denver needed more bite, or at least to match that of Ohio, on Sunday and they didn't do it. Missing Chad London, Ben Tarr, Chris Baumann, and having Hanco Germishuys fly in from Eagles camp didn't help. Up next: Sacramento

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PRO Rugby POTW, Standings, & Scoring Leaders

Photo: Connie Hatfield
It's time once again to check in with PRO Rugby's standings, attendance, scoring leaders, and name our Player of the Week.

Player of the Week:  Shaun Davies

It almost feels like cheating to go with Shaun Davies again as our Player of the Week but he was excellent once again for Ohio over the weekend. The attack really got going once again and Davies was at the center of it. Additionally, his kicking was spot on. He was six for six on conversions (it helps when your teammates center it) and was two for three on penalties. There were a lot of other good candidates this week include his teammates Spike Davis, Dom Waldouck, and San Francisco's Volney Rouse but it was Davies that once again put in a superb performance.

Standings

Denver still hold the top spot in the standings despite the loss to Ohio. However, both Denver and Ohio are currently tied on 27 points and Ohio has the superior point differential (more on that in a second). Denver still are the leaders because they have a game in hand on Ohio. San Diego took the biggest tumble over the weekend. They are now more than two games behind Denver on points if you assume Denver wins their game in hand. Just to put things in perspective, if Denver had beaten Ohio then it pretty much would have sealed the title for them. One thing to watch out for Denver is their lack of bonus points. That could haunt them.

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