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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Afternoon Notes: Strikers Add Trouville, Tiger Rugby Adds Coaches

A couple of notes to pass along this afternoon.

Strikers Hire Trouville

The Houston Strikers have once again raided the Seattle Saracens. The club has announced that Matt Trouville will be joining the team as their Academy Director. Trouville has been working with Atavus in Seattle and has been a stalwart for the Saracens. Now he'll take that experience working with the youth for Atavus and put it to growing the Strikers Academy. No doubt that the Strikers hiring of Justin Fitzpatrick as head coach played a role.

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Q&A: Answers To Your Questions (Part Two)

Grant Cole: Will Carlin Isles return to rugby? Or is he done?

TIAR: He'll Be back.

Grant Cole: Was there really only ONE beer-selling kiosk at Toyota Park in San Antonio during the USA v Uruguay ARC match? Did someone get fired for that cockup?

TIAR: No clue. As someone who is too busy to worry about that during Eagles matches it's never been a problem for me.

Grant Cole: Unconfirmed reports out of Scotland state that Langilangi Haupeakui was found to be "legally blind" by the Warriors' team doctors and that this was the real reason for the separation. Do you know if there is any truth to that?

TIAR: Not sure on that one. There are reasons to be skeptical of that. Surely Glasgow conducted a physical before they signed him and that should have included a vision test.

Grant Cole: The following recent Eagles are still in college. Any idea on where they plan to/would like to play rugby when they graduate?

Calvin Whiting
Matthew Jensen
Bryce Campbell
Deion Mikesell
Lorenzo Thomas
Dylan Audsley

TIAR: Wouldn't it be nice if there was a professional competition for these players to land? SAD! Not sure where they will play but I wouldn't put it past Whiting and Jensen to either join Glendale or stay in Utah and play with the Utah Select XV. That team is going places. Campbell, Mikesell, Thomas makes sense for a team like the Huns or the Houston Strikers. It wouldn't surprise me if Audsley ended up staying in the Bay Area or back in England.

Adam Muszynski: I saw something about USAR looking to relocate to a single facility. Is this to provide consistent training facilities? Consolidate 7s and 15s guys? Centrally contract national team players for training? Where could this be? How much are they estimating this to cost?

Yesterday we had part one of our two part series answering your questions. We're grateful that so many people submitted questions we had to split it into two. Here we talk about MLR, injuries to Eagles, and more.

TIAR: I saw that too.  I think they are always looking to save costs but they did just move from Boulder to Lafayette. In terms of training facilities John Mitchell has been a big proponent of having a permanent home for the Eagles. California makes the most sense. Also, the changes at the OTC will have a long-term impact. At this point I wouldn't read too much into it. The money isn't there to contract players or set up a training center. The center would be designed to house all national teams.

Ryan Brooks: What happened to Adam Siddall? He had concussion issues and then took a year off as I recall. Then nothing since. And Nia Toliver, I met her at a showing of "Red, White, Black, and Blue" (I think that's what it was called).

TIAR: Siddall had concussions and had to take time off. It apparently got kind of messy. Not sure on Nia Toliver.

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National Teams/MLR/ODAs:

AJ MacGinty's preview's Sale's upcoming match against Leicester.

You had questions, we had answers. Part one of our latest Q&A is up talking about a lot of things.

Tom Hamilton of ESPNScrum has an article on Psalm Wooching.


The Ohio College All-Stars have been selected. Many schools from the state are represented.

Photographer Connie Hatfield has some excellent photos of St. Mary's vs. San Diego State. St. Mary's has a recap of the win.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Q&A: Answers To Your Questions (Part One)

We had a lot of responses to our call for questions so thank you! We've split things up into two sets with this one talking Psalm Wooching, college rugby, the Eagles, and more.

Nick Henry: Any update on Psalm Wooching's Pau tryout?

TIAR: Nothing that we've heard. That said, Pau would be foolish not to take a flier on him. He's an athletic specimen with a rugby background. The question is whether it's the best pathway for Wooching. He may be better set playing for the 7s team and then maybe some select sides this summer. He would be a great candidate for the USA Islanders. 

WM: Any idea who is behind the Houston Strikers? 

TIAR: There are several names behind the team. Jeremy Turner has been the face of the team so far. I do know that if Justin Fitzpatrick thinks it's a good opportunity than it's a good opportunity. 

Paul Acutt: Any word on professional webcast or broadcasts plans for MLR?

TIAR: Nope but that shouldn't stop the speculation. Our guess is Flo Rugby at the beginning. 

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Photo Gallery: St. Mary's Over San Diego State

St. Mary's ran out to a big win over San Diego State to advance to the DI-A semi-finals. Photographer Connie Hatfield was there and took some excellent shots that we are happy to share. 

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Ohio College All-Stars Named

Photo: Austin Brewin

Representative rugby has taken another step in Ohio as the Ohio College All-Stars has named their team to take on the Michigan All-Stars on May 13th. The match could even be held at the new stadium in Obetz. Overall, the team has a mixture of representation from multiple teams. Notre Dame College, the DI-AA finalists, have several players named in the team while Ohio State also have multiple representatives. Wittenberg, Wheeling Jesuit, Ohio, Cincinnati, Miami, Xavier, and Baldwin Wallace all have players on the team.

Forwards: Khalid Williams (Notre Dame College), Spencer Krueger (Ohio State), Darren Rice (Wheeling Jesuit), Christian Smith (Wittenberg), Jack Bengel (OSU), Christian Ghering (WJU), Bret Dixon (OSU), Robert Overbeck (Ohio University), Gabe Shirkey (Cincinnati), Eric Lalley (UC), Jacob Kidwell (Miami), Augie Murphy (WJU), Joe Schroeder (Ohio), Kevin Fessenmeyer (OSU)

Backs: Aaron Thomas (OSU), Trenton Mackle (Ohio), Cory Graham (NDC), Mike Matthews (OSU), Andrew Baldado (OSU), Zach Forro (NDC), Dan Heisterkamp (Xavier), Jaime Barlow (OSU), Hayden George (Ohio), Marcus Tupuola (NDC), Roniel Reynolds (NDC), Brent Panik (Baldwin Wallace)

Seattle Saracens Advance In BC Playoffs

The Seattle Saracens are moving on to the next round of the BC Premier League playoffs after they beat the UBCOB Ravens 46-22 at Magnuson Park. Seattle led 22-13 at halftime. They were also able to see the return of several veterans, like Mike Palefau, to the roster. Next Seattle will face regular season top team Burnaby Lake in the semi-finals. Burnaby Lake were 8-0 during the regular season, including a 31-15 win over Seattle earlier in the year. The other semi-final will see the Castaway-Wanderers take on UBC. The Thunderbirds beat James Bay. The Seattle Division 1 side lost to UBC in their playoffs.

The Saracens women also had success over the weekend. They beat the Burnaby Lake women 50-5. It was the last regular season match for both teams. The women finish the year as the number two team in the standings behind Westshore. That will give them a home semi-final against Cowichan.