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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wareing To Head Northeast Academy Side At Elite City 7s

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New York, NY; Aug 28, 2015 – Another exciting weekend of Rugby 7’s kicks off this Saturday in Philadelphia, PA. The Northeast Academy is bringing two men’s teams to participate in Elite City 7’s to close out its four-tournament month of August. Northeast is coming off a very exciting weekend in Limerick where they went 2-1 in a difficult pool, but unfortunately fell short to a very strong Connacht squad in the quarterfinals before recovering to win 7th place overall. This weekend has still more in store for rugby maniacs across the country though, as the Academy will be showcasing its stalwart Strength and Conditioning Coach, Dominic Wareing in his first official head coaching start. Stephen Lewis, Director of Coaching at the Northeast Academy and Director of Rugby at Old Blue Rugby Football Club (OBNY) had this to say on Wareing’s moment, “Dom is a highly qualified teacher and coach and will have zero problem stepping up to this level. In my mind he will be one of the top coaches in the country in short order. He has the educational background, interpersonal skills and rugby nous to make all the right decisions.”

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Wisconsin Women's Rugby Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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Hard to believe, but the Wisconsin Women's Rugby team will be celebrating 40 years as a club this weekend during an alumni celebration. One of the nation's oldest teams, the Wisconsin Women were founded in 1975 in Madison, Wis., with local women from the city and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In those four decades, the team has seen much success both on and off the pitch. Wisconsin was one of the Midwest's top teams throughout the 1970s and 1980s, before growing into a team regularly seen at nationals in the 1990s and early 2000s. Wisconsin has also been well represented by alumni in the Midwest and National all-star pools, including placing three teammates - Shari Dahlberg, Cynthia Gehrke, and Phaidra Knight - on the 2002 USA Women's World Cup team. More recently, Wisconsin counts two teammates in the national player pools as Grace Hovde and Melissa Polheber are regularly invited to elite camps.

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Harlequins Named To Face Eagles

The Harlequins have named 26 players in their matchday squad to face the Eagles tomorrow. Led by captain Nick Evans and veterans Marland Yarde, Adam Jones, Mark Lambert, and others, the team will have plenty of experience. At the same time they are also integrating youth into their team with several academy graduates making their line-up. Two players, Owen Evans and Archie White, could make their debut for the team. Another player to watch is Jack Clifford.

Expect the Eagles to announce their squad today, possibly also with an extended line-up. The match is Sunday at 3:00 p.m. et/12:00 p.m. pt and will air on ESPN3.

Forwards: Mark Lambert, Rob Buchanan, Kyle Sinckler, George Merrick, Sam Twomey, Jack Clifford, Luke Wallace, Mat Luamanu

Backs: Karl Dickson, Nick Evans, Charlie Walker, Winston Stanley, Harry Sloan, Marland Yarde, Ollie Lindsay-Hague

Bench: Joe Gray, Owen Evans, Adam Jones, Stan South, Archie White, Tito Tebaldi, Ben Botica, Ross Chisholm, Tim Swiel, Dave Ward, George Lowe

Friday, August 28, 2015

Elite City 7s Preview

The Elite City 7s, one of the premier opportunities for domestic players to be seen by national team coaches, takes place this weekend in Philadelphia in conjunction with the Eagles-Harlequins match. The tournament started last year featuring 12 men's teams and produced a lot of surprises, including one of the first good looks at Kevon Williams. After a hard fought weekend in Houston, Seattle emerged as the champion but not without great challenges from other teams.

This year the tournament is scaled back a bit to only feature eight men's teams but it will also feature a women's bracket for the first time. Seattle isn't returning, neither is runner up San Diego or third place Denver. However, the Northeast Academy will be sending two teams split between New York and Boston, while the surprise team from last year Philadelphia, is coming back. Add in Tiger Academy, the Armed Forces, Atlanta and Salt Lake and the men's bracket should be tough.

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Q&A: Answers To Your Questions

Thanks to all those that gave questions to our Q&A. As always there were lots of good questions.

Brandon Lewis: Is Clever officially done with the Eagles? Haven't seen or heard anything from the Eagles or Clever.

TIAR: It's pretty safe to say he's done with the 15s team. The news that he will be playing for Los Angeles at the Elite City 7s is pretty interesting. It's a tough situation for all involved and I think the silence from both camps after the World Cup was to not make it a big deal and show respect to Clever's career.

Warriorsrugby: Do USAR/RIM have any plans to approach SANZAR about a Super Rugby bid if Japan are removed from consideration?

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Who Will Start For The Eagles On Sunday?

It's crunch time for the Eagles. Only two matches remain ahead of the World Cup and that means not only is there not much time left to figure who is going to make the team but to get the presumed starters on the same page. With that in mind we don't expect the Eagles to make too many changes this weekend but it wouldn't surprise us if they did. Additionally, it also wouldn't surprise us to see the rules bent in this non-cap match to have more than the regular 23 players available. Based on that, here's who we think might get the start (remember, we're usually wrong!).

Fullback: Chris Wyles

We thought that we would start with fullback this time. It's pretty simple. Chris Wyles starts here once again and captains the team.

Wing: Blaine Scully, Zack Test

Blaine Scully should be expected to start once again but the question is whether Zack Test, Brett Thompson, or Taku Ngwenya start with him. If Ngwenya is healthy it's probably time for him to get another start but if he can't go then it's a toss-up between Test and Thompson. We think that Test gets the nod.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Things are quickly getting heated in the Souther Hemisphere as the ITM Cup and the National Rugby Championship are drawing the attention of Americans. Mike Lawrenson had the weekend off for Counties Manukau but U.S.-eligible Toni Pulu did play 80 minutes for the club. In the NRC Tom Coolican and the Sydney Stars won two straight matches for the first time in their history. Over in Europe, the Top 14 and the Pro D2 are back in action but the American participation will be limited. Scott LaValla, Samu Manoa, and Taku Ngwenya are all with the Eagles and won't be with their clubs this weekend.       

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