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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Q&A: The Call For Questions

It's been a little while since we held our last Q&A and following on the heels of the Eagles big win over Scotland and the impending Major League Rugby playoffs we thought it was time we took your questions. Feel free to ask about anything including the Eagles win, the summer series, MLR, club play, college play, summer 7s, or anything in between.

You can ask a question either here in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter. Questions should be turned in by Wednesday, June 20th, at midnight Pacific Time. 

Women's Development Academy Tournament Recap

Press Release

Six National Development Academy teams and the USA Rugby Women's Collegiate All-American Sevens (WCAAs) have completed their two-day round robin competition at the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista, CA last weekend (June 16-17). Designed without a playoff structure, the tournament allowed each team to highlight individual players; focusing predominantly on athletic growth rather than winning or losing.

"We really wanted to focus on building the skill set and competitive depth of all the athletes participating this weekend. Our goal was to provide a challenging and dynamic competition that would allow players to showcase their individual athleticism while also learning how to adapt within their unique age groups," said Emilie Bydwell, USA Rugby's General Manager for Women's High Performance. "Through the tournament we saw a lot of athletes break out of their comfort zones and bring a heightened energy to each game."

Following the first day of competition, CCIG, Stars and Northeast Olympic Development Academies sat at the top of the standings with 4-0, 3-1 and 2-1 records, respectively. Atavus Academy and the Women's Collegiate All-American Sevens both followed with 1-2 records, while Armed Forces and Santa Barbara Rugby hunted for their first victory as a group.

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Overseas Pros Key In Victory Over Scotland

There were a multitude of factors that played into the Eagles win over Scotland last Saturday. We could do a whole series of articles on those reasons but for now we are going to point out one: overseas professionals. It has been noted that the entire Eagles roster on Saturday was made up of professional players either those that are playing overseas or in MLR. Of the starting line-up eight players ply their trade overseas while seven play in MLR. Having every player in a professional environment is important.

So what is the difference between being an overseas professional and one that plays domestically? Sometimes it is not a lot. It can come down to whether or not a player has a European or Pacific Island passport in addition to American citizenship. Sometimes it comes down to teams having only so many international spots and it is sometimes easier to assume (sometimes falsely) that you are getting a better player if you bring in a Kiwi. There are a lot of reasons.

Still, putting all of the clerical reasons aside the impact of having players play overseas and MLR is different. For now, the quality of competition in Europe or in the Southern Hemisphere is simply stronger. Week in and week out players like Blaine Scully and AJ MacGinty are tested more by terrific opponents. Even in the RFU Championship or the Pro D2 players are going to be challenged by world-class players every week.

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Tropical 7s Added to NAHS7s Series

Press Release

The Tropical 7s has announced a partnership with the prestigious NAHS7s series to become a stop on its annual elite youth rugby championship beginning in 2019. North America’s top elite youth teams for both boys and girls are now set to enter and compete in the Tropical 7s U18 Elite Division as part of the series.

The Tropical 7s -- an annual international youth rugby tournament -- will structure its U18 elite boys and girls divisions with eight of NAHS7s teams mixed alongside eight international teams to form a truly unique competition. The 2019 Tropical 7s will take place on 19/20 April in Orlando, Florida, USA.

“We are excited to partner with the NAHS7s as a series stop for this amazing championship,” said Tropical 7s Executive Director John Siner. “There is a clearly a growing demand for elite competition at the youth level, and it will be fantastic to welcome the best boys and girls teams from across North America. This also represents a great opportunity for top international teams to come play against these teams and be assured of the highest competitive standard.”

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Monday, June 18, 2018

MLR Standings & Analysis: One Playoff Spot Remains

Three of the seven teams have finished their regular season schedule and now with one week left we know some things for certain. First and foremost Glendale will finish with the best record in the competition thanks to their win over Seattle last Saturday. The Raptors still have a game to play (against San Diego) while Seattle are done for the regular season. Glendale currently have 34 points while Seattle have 29 points. Seattle can't be caught in the standings so they'll be the second seed in the playoffs. That keeps Seattle and Glendale on a collision course in the finals.

Another team that will be in the playoffs is San Diego. They beat Austin over the weekend. Although they still have a match remaining but with 20 points they can't fall behind Austin who have 18 points and have played their full schedule. The question for San Diego is whether they will be the third seed or the fourth seed. Having to face Glendale will certainly be tough.

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USA-Scotland Past Match Press Conferences

A big thanks to the U.S.A. Rugby media team for providing the audio.