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Friday, May 27, 2016

Opening Kick

Opening Kick is a segment devoted to bringing you all Eagles and U.S.A. Rugby news in one location. It is brought to you everyday by Rugby Marketplace, your independent rugby store

National Teams/PRO Rugby:

The latest episode of the Try & Tackle podcast is out talking 7s and PRO Rugby.

Staying with 7s, the dates for next year's Sevens Series has been announced.

Alev Kelter is the subject of another great profile.

Denver are still on top of our PRO Rugby Power Rankings but other teams have swapped places.

We checked in on the PRO Rugby standings, attendance, scoring leaders, and named our Player of the Week.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

PRO Rugby Power Rankings: More Teams Swap Places


There is another change in our power rankings this weekend and it comes at the bottom. San Francisco move up after showing something against Denver while Sacramento slide down. Denver remain at the top and after a big debate San Diego and Ohio stay put.

1. Denver (5-0-0; LW: 1; beat San Francisco 41-37): Obviously no reason to drop Denver after yet another win. They are definitely looking like the team to beat although San Francisco did show that it is going to be difficult for Denver to be unbeaten on the year. They will be happy scoring 41 points but will probably be upset giving up nearly that much.  Up next: Bye

2. San Diego (3-1-0; LW: 2; Bye): They had last weekend off to rest up and get ready for Sacramento this weekend. They did slip one spot in the standings but can make that up this weekend.    Up next: Sacramento

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PRO Rugby POTW, Standings, & Scoring Leaders


Player of the Week: Chad London

Denver have had a lot of strong performances for a lot of different players this year. Depending on the game it seems like a new one has stepped up to keep their record perfect. For us that player last weekend was Chad London. He's really grown as a player the last few years and he has a lot of value for Denver. He did score two tries against San Francisco but it was his overall play that really impressed us, enough to be named our Player of the Week.

Standings

There is only a slight change in the standings after last weekend. Ohio move up into second place over San Diego thanks to their win over Sacramento. San Diego have a game in hand. Denver still lead the competition and are 5-0. They have this weekend off but if they win next weekend they will have gone halfway through the season without a loss.

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2016-17 Sevens Series Dates Set


In case you missed it the dates for 2016-17 World Sevens Series have been announced. Unlike last year when Vancouver was added to the Series, the Australian leg moved to Sydney, Tokyo moved to Singapore, and the South Africa leg moved to Cape Town, there are no changes next year. In fact, the dates remain pretty close to what they were this year.

The season begins in the first weekend of December in Dubai and then concludes in London in late May. For American fans the action centers in Vegas from March 3rd through the 5th. It and Hong Kong are the only two three day tournaments this year. The Vancouver 7s are a week after.

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Trio Of Coaches Added to USCD Camp


Press Release

Professional collegiate rugby coaches Matt Sherman (Army West Point), Blake Burdette (Penn State) and JD Stephenson (Lindenwood) will join the 3rd annual US Collegiate Development Boys Showcase Camp from June 21-24, 2016, at Dartmouth College.

This year’s camp also will also return past US Collegiate Development coaches from the sold-out 2014 & 2015 camps. Gavin Hickie and James Willocks (Dartmouth), Chad Newcomb (U.S. Naval Academy), Scott Stewart (UCLA), Greg McWilliams (Yale), and Josh Macy (American International College) round out the returning collegiate coaches. Finally, UK-based coaches Tom Burwell and Oliver Clough (Ultimate Rugby 7s) will cross the Atlantic in June for the ever-popular UR7s Academy Clinic.

New additions Sherman and Burdette are the current men’s rugby head coaches at Army West Point and Penn State, respectively, while Stephenson serves as Lindenwood University’s Director of Rugby. All three have experience coaching All-American representative sides, while Sherman and Burdette have previously represented the United States in international competition.

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Opening Kick

Opening Kick is a segment devoted to bringing you all Eagles and U.S.A. Rugby news in one location. It is brought to you everyday by Rugby Marketplace, your independent rugby store

National Teams/PRO Rugby:

Eagles head coach John Mitchell has named his squad for the Summer Series. Most of the core group is there with some new faces. Samu Manoa and Eric Fry are the most notable absences.

One of the new faces on the team is Tony Lamborn of the Hurricanes. He explains why he joined up with the Eagles.

Stuart Lancaster has been giving some advice to PRO Rugby while folks in Canada are taking notice of the league.

Perry Baker has a new sponsor after joining up with Budweiser.

Mils Muliaina is in San Francisco and is expected to play for the club this weekend.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Perry Baker Joining Up With Budweiser

Press Release

You probably know Perry Baker as one of the top players on the US Men’s Rugby Sevens team, but what you may not know is that he’s also one of the newest members of Team Budweiser. The brand has joined forces with six elite athletes -- including Perry -- to support their journey to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Perry, along with the other members of Team Budweiser, was specifically chosen based on his commitment to hard work and dedication – values that Budweiser also prides itself on as a brand. From starting his career playing college football to scoring during the NACRA 7s tournament, Perry is a great example of what commitment and passion can achieve.

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