Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Opening Kick

Opening Kick is a segment devoted to bringing you all Eagles and U.S.A. Rugby news in one location.

Eagles/7's:


Alex Goff examines who is in the running for the 7's Eagles forward pack. (Membership required)

One of the new teams the U.S. will have to contend with at every IRB Sevens Series event this year is Portugal, who's status as a core team has already advanced their programme.

Other Sevens teams from around the world are strengthening their squads. Scotland and England have both signed players.

The U.S. are set to play in the revamped Pacific Nations Cup next year and Tonga, a team they will face, has hired a new coach.

Club:

One of the teams affected by the demise of the Super League was Boston. However, the team now says they have something to play for.

Metropolis and the Chicago Griffins won over the weekend. The Pittsburgh Harlequins were another victorious team, defeating Washington Rugby Club.

College:

The Empire Conference began play this last weekend. Pat Clifton wraps up all the action.

World:

Argentina have played better than many expected in their first year in the Rugby Championship. ESPNScrum's Patricio Connolly says the team can lose the underdog label. One pundit says they can win the competition by 2014.

South Africa have named their side for their clash with New Zealand this weekend. Additionally, Wallaby stalwart Will Genia had successful surgery on his knee.

The RFU have stated their desire to use the Olympic Stadium as part of the 2015 RWC.

Tidbits:

Poway Youth Rugby coach Phil Calio talked to the San Diego Reader about how the game is becoming more safe and more sane.

Rugbymag has their weekly reprint of the Rugby Coach Weekly. This week it's about changing position under pressure. (Membership required)

7's legend Waisale Serevi says that it isn't about size in rugby. He also says he looks forward to working with Ben Gollings and Santiago Gomez Cora more in the future. (Membership required)

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