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Monday, August 21, 2017

Strong Squad As Denver Go For Third RugbyTown 7s Title

The Denver Selects have named a very strong side for next weekend's RugbyTown 7s. They are the back to back champions. A strong majority of the team comes from the Denver Barbarians who just finished as runners-up at the Club 7s Nationals. Over the last several years Denver have been a powerhouse in elite 7s play. Led by the likes of Max De Achaval, Kevon Williams, and Michael Al-Jiboori they have a team that could take the entire tournament. They've added Mikey Bateman, capped Eagle Walt Elder, and Aki Raymond to their squad.

Denver are in Pool A where they will face Rugby Utah again along with Tiger Rugby, the Rogues, and the Royal Air Force Spitfires. The tournament starts on Friday.

Squad: Michael Al-Jiboori, Mikey Bateman, Max De Achaval, Walt Elder, Paul Eteaki, Siale Maka, Jeremy Misailegalu, Landon Peterson, Aki Raymond, Eric Skykes, Kevon Williams, Devrin Young

Rugby Championship Round 1 Highlights

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Dino Waldren Joins London Scottish

A few years ago there was a lot of handwringing in the United States over the lack of front-row players playing professionally in Europe. Now Dino Waldren joins a growing list of front-row players testing themselves in Europe. Mike MacDonald was the standard bearer for a long time (arguably one of the best American pro careers of all time) but there weren't a lot more but now you have Joe Taufete'e (Worcester), Chris Baumann (Leicester), Titi Lamositele (Saracens), Eric Fry (Vannes), and James Hilterbrand (Manly/Sydney) all getting time in good training atmospheres.

For a young player like Waldren if they want a chance to break into the Eagles they need to get a chance at as high of a level as possible. Waldren has a good track record for success. He's been an All-American and a standout at St. Mary's. He also spent the last year playing in Ireland. With London Scottish in the RFU Championship Waldren should get plenty of chances to get time.

Tony Lamborn Sidelined With Injury; De Haas Debuts

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Tony Lamborn is going to miss a good chunk of the Mitre 10 season for Hawke's Bay after suffering a shoulder injury. The flanker came off in the 24th minute and could miss six weeks according to reports out of New Zealand. Hawke's Bay would go on to win the match 24-16. With the Mitre 10 Cup only ten weeks long Lamborn could miss nearly the whole season if the projections hold. The good news for Eagles fans is the Lamborn should be back and ready to go when the Eagles head to Europe in November.

Over in South Africa, Ruben de Haas made his debut for the Cheetahs U-19 team. They played the Eastern Province. De Haas joined the Cheetahs Academy this year to gain more experience in a high-level environment. The former All-American is viewed as a long-term prospect for the Eagles.

Opening Kick

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National Teams/MLR/ODAs:

Women Eagles captain Tiffany Faaee shares why Jonah Lomu is his inspiration. She also looks ahead to the team's semi-final.

Marcel Brache is staying with the Perth Spirit despite their turmoil.

Rugby Wrap Up has their latest studio show talking about the Women Eagles.

Alex Goff was recently at the Houston Strikers combine. He also talked with UT coach Zac Mizell.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Marcel Brache Stays With Perth, Ryan & Bazadze Move

His future with the Western Force may be firmly up in the air but it appears that Marcel Brache will be getting in some rugby this fall. He's been named to the Perth Spirit squad for the upcoming National Rugby Championship season. The Force have had their Super Rugby license revoked by the Australian Rugby Union meaning that Brache would be out of a job next Super Rugby season. However, there has been some discussion about keeping the Force going with private funds or even having them merge with the Sunwolves. There has even been talk of not letting the Spirit play in the NRC but that seems unlikely.

In other Eagles overseas news Paddy Ryan won't be with Newcastle for the upcoming season. His contract ran out at the end of last year and having only played sparingly for the club in his two seasons it always seemed unlikely he was going to be back at the team. No word yet on where he lands. Newcastle will still have American Nick Civetta on their roster.

Lastly, former All-American Gagi Bazadze has moved from Montpellier to promoted Agen where he joined Dave Ryan. 

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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It's pre-season time for Americans in Europe. Already Chris Wyles and Saracens have gotten things underway with a big match in Bermuda. They continue their things this week. The other Americans in Premiership, of which there are now six on five clubs, will be in pre-season play over the weekend. The same goes for those in the Pro14, RFU Championship, and the Top 14. Two leagues  start this weekend--the Mitre 10 Cup and the Pro D2. In the Mitre 10 Cup most of the action will center around Tony Lamborn and Hawke's Bay. In the Pro D2, David Tameilau will start for Narbonne while Siaosi Mahoni waits his turn. Eric Fry will start for Vannes. Over the next week weeks all the leagues in Europe will get underway with Americans at the center of the action.

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