Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Williams In, McCaw Missing As All Blacks Name Starters

The All Blacks will have a mix of veteran stars and relative newcomers in their team that will take on the Eagles on Saturday. The most notable name on the roster is Sonny Bill Williams who will play for the team for the first time since returning from Rugby League. Joining him is Kieran Read who will be playing in his 70th test. Other veterans include Cory Jane and Israel Dagg while Aaron Cruden will man the fly-half position.

The biggest name missing from the team is Richie McCaw who will not dress. Dan Carter is on the bench as he also makes his return. Overall the bench is stocked with talent. Keven Mealau has 120 tests to his name and every player beyond debutant Augustine Pulu has 29 camps or more. Other names on the bench include Julian Savea, Liam Messam, Ben Franks, and Brodie Retallick.

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Wallaby's Hill Offers Kicking Clinic

Press Release

On Sunday, November 2nd The Rugby Academy is offering a Kicking Clinic for coaches and players of all Levels taught by Damien Hill.

The Clinic will be held at Magruder Park at 40th Avenue and Hamilton St. in Hyaatsville, Maryland from 9:30 - 11:30am (registration @ 9:00am). Cost is $30.00 with checks payable to Potomac Rugby Foundation.

Spaces will be limited so to reserve your spot email Kurt Mockenhaupt at  Please provide name, club, position (coach or player) and e-mail address, USA Rugby 2014-2015 Member ID #  when reserving your spot.   ** 5 USA Rugby PDC’s have been approved for this clinic**

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ARP Power Rankings: Life Finishes Fall On Top

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The American Rugby Premiership returned from it's two week break to play it's final matches of the fall season last weekend. Life finished the fall with a perfect 4-0 record thanks to a win over Old Blue while the Boston Irish Wolfhounds picked up their first points of the year with a draw against Boston. As you would expect, both matches factored into the rankings. Also, this will be the last power rankings until next spring.

1. Life (Last Week: 1, beat Old Blue 61-6)--Old Blue were missing a few of their key players but even without Adam Siddall and Andrew Suniula it was expected that Life would have to struggle more to beat them. Instead AJ MacGinty was at his best once again as Life dominated. The Running Eagles have made a strong statement this fall and if they can beat NYAC in their first match in the spring they should be in good shape to win the title. Up next: Winter Break

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Why A Premiership Match In The U.S. May Finally Happen

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After the announcement that U.S.A. Rugby and the Aviva Premiership had struck a deal regarding player release for the All Blacks match many of you probably also saw articles on the two groups working together on several items of the future. The idea of a developmental league in the United States has been tossed around but easy the most realistic idea is Premiership teams playing matches in the United States.

The folks over in England are already pumping up the latter idea. It's certainly not a new idea. Saracens tried to play a Heineken Cup game in New York but were rebuffed. The idea of London Irish playing in the Boston area has been rampant for a long time (even the ill-fated Independence Cup had them as opponents). None of them have worked for various reasons, with the foremost reason being they wouldn't draw enough interest to make money. However, there are reasons to believe that this time is different and something between the two groups.

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Bay Area PRP All-Stars Ready For NSW Country

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It won't just be the Eagles that will be getting a taste of international rugby this weekend. A combined PRP All-Star team from Northern California is set to get in on the action as well as they take on a NSW Country side on Saturday at Treasure Island. The match, which combines Olympic Club and SFGG, is the first on a tour for NSW Country as they will take on a PRP All-Star team from SoCal (Santa Monica and Belmont Shore), OMBAC, and an Arizona All-Star team.  In order to get more information on the match we spoke with SFGG Club Director Bruce Thomas.

TIAR: Who will be coaching the team?

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All Blacks-Eagles Ticket Nickname Contest Results

First off, thanks to Heathrow Express for partnering with us to provide tickets to this weekend's All Blacks-Eagles match. Second, this was one of the most fun contests we've every run. There were a lot of creative nicknames that were sent in and it was hard to pick three winners. However, since we had to only pick three here are the winners:

Todd "Head & Shoulders" Clever--submitted by Matt Manley
Blaine "the Flame" Scully--submited by Jon Allbin
Scott "the Bald Eagle" LaValla--submitted by Lee Lubarsky

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Opening Kick

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National Teams:

The Eagles are going to have options this weekend in terms of personnel. We take a look at who might get the start.

The team was on the ground training yesterday. Janet Young has photos while Universal Sports has video.

Janet also has audio from the Conrad Smith and Charles Piutau press conference.

Lineout coach Gaven Hickie talks with head coach Mike Tolkin. Coach Tolkin also sat down with the International Business Times.

Richie McCaw was at the Chicago Blackhawks game last night and took a puck shooting challenge. He didn't do too badly.

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