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Friday, May 26, 2017

Match Times Set For Club Championships

The match times for the Club Championships in Glendale, Colorado have been announced. Day one, June 3rd, is DI day with both the women's and men's DI finals scheduled. The Life West Gladiatrix will play the Raleigh Venom at 5:00 p.m. following by the Austin Huns vs. NYAC at 7:00 p.m. All starting times are in the Mountain time zone.

Day two sees the DII championships for the men and women and the DIII championship for the men. The St. Louis Royals and the Bremer County Bucks will play at 11:00 a.m. Next is SFGG and the Milwaukee Scylla at 1:00 p.m. Last on the day is the St. Louis Bombers and Life University at 3:00 p.m.

All matches will be held at Infinity Park. Tickets are $10 for adult general admission and $5 for children.

Langford 7s Preview: Eagles Look To Move Up The Standings

With two tournaments left the Eagles will look to make a move up the table where they currently sit in sixth place. There are only six stops on the Women's Series so points in each tournament matter. As things stand the Eagles sit eight points behind fourth place Fiji and four points in back of fifth place Russia. With a big tournament in Langford the Eagles could set themselves up for a strong season finish in France.

One of the biggest advantages for the Eagles this weekend is the fact that they are playing so close to home. The team only had to fly to Seattle and then take a ferry over to Victoria. They are playing the same time zone they train in. Further, they are going to have a good American contingent cheering them on.

All that said, the pressure is on. The team has had two great tournaments, including a finals appearance in Sydney, but they have also had a couple of less than stellar tournaments as well. There were always going to be some inconsistencies after an Olympic year but the Eagles will still have liked to be more consistent this year.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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With one notable injured exception the season is over for Americans in Europe. With Saracens crashing out last week and the season wrapping up in the Pro D2 and RFU Championship only Samu Manoa's Toulon remains alive. Manoa is not going to play for the club in their semi-final nor in the final if they make it. He's injured and will be out until the season starts again late in the summer. With Europe mostly quiet that means that the action for Americans shifts to the Southern Hemisphere. Marcel Brache is one of those players and he returned to the Western Force line-up with a bang after scoring a try as the team beat the Reds. Also in Super Rugby, Toni Pulu was not in the line-up for the Chiefs as they drew with the Blues. He's unlikely to ever play for the Eagles because it would require using the 7s loophole. Lastly, James Hilterbrand and Zach Pangelinan are playing in Australia.

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Weekend Television Listings

The Women Eagles 7s will be back in action this weekend at the Langford 7s. That tournament is at a very friendly viewing time for fans.  It will be shown on The Rugby Channel. Also on TRC is the Pro12 final. The Premiership final is on NBCSN and the Top 14 semi-finals are on ESPN3/WatchESPN. Also on the ESPN online platforms is Super Rugby.

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

  • La Rochelle vs. Toulon, 1:00 p.m. et/10:00 a.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN) 
  • Sunwolves vs. Cheetahs, 1:15 a.m. et (Sunday)/10:15 p.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN)
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Opening Kick

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National Teams/MLR/ODAs:

John Mitchell will leave the Eagles after World Cup qualifying this summer. He leaves the Eagles without a coach just two years before the World Cup.

New Orleans has confirmed their Major League Rugby plans. The team will be known as NOLA Gold.

Alev Kelter says that the U.S. are going to be a contender at the Langford 7s.

The South Panthers have picked their team for their big match against Mexico.

The Glendale Raptors recently found time to go rafting.

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