Friday, June 14, 2013

Opening Kick

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

National Teams:

The Junior All-Americans closed out pool play at the Junior World Championship yesterday with a record lopsided loss to England. The team will next play Scotland in the relegation playoffs.

The loss to England wasn't surprising, as Alex Goff notes, but the team also had several things going against them.

It's game day for the Eagles as they take on Tonga tonight. The U.S. Women are also in action against France at the StubHub Center. Here is the official preview from U.S.A. Rugby.

The U.S.-Ireland match is done and dusted, but check out this interesting look at the match from a historical perspective.

One person that won't be an U.S. jersey any time soon is Tommy Seymour, who was finally included in a Scotland line-up. As in keeping with our policy we will no longer include him in our list of American abroad.

Larry Olmstead of Forbes calls Rugby Sevens "A Great Spectator Sport Few People Actually See." It's a great piece, check it out if you haven't already.

Take the jump to read more.

Alex Magleby took the time to share how camp went in Seattle, while Goff says the Eagles match against Tonga is all about the offense. (both membership required)

U.S.A. Rugby has hired Matt Eason as Referee Coach Manager.

Club:

The Seattle Times has a great look at Waisale Serevi and his time in Seattle.

Our own Ted Hardy profiles the Denver Barbarians 7's program and why they consider themselves one of the best.

College:

Matt Trenary at Grow Rugby suggests that waiting for college rugby to become a money maker is not likely to happen.

Lindenwood have made a big coaching hire after adding Seru Rabeni to their coaching staff.

Brockport and Syracuse Universities are coming together to help raise money for cancer. It's great to see to program get together to do such great work for the community.

World:

Good news for French fans, Frederic Michalak is back and ready to play this weekend. Similar news for Argentina fans as Felipe Contempomi is fit.

Check out ESPNScrum's fairly in-depth preview of the Lions encounter with the Waratahs.

The IRB is touting that they have put a record investment into the sport. They have also announced that Nick Mallett has joined the IRB Rugby Committee.

In two high profile moves, Martin Castrogiovanni has finally joined Toulon while Gavin Henson has found a new home at Bath.

In sad news, former Northampton chairman Leon Barwell as passed away.

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