Wednesday, August 21, 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:

Eagles head coach Mike Tolkin says his team is "going after it" this Saturday. We caught up with him yesterday for an informative interview.

Check out these highlights of Carlin Isles at the World Club 7's.

The Women's National All-Star Sevens championship is set for this weekend in Chula Vista.

In our latest poll we ask you if you'd scrap the 15's team in favor of 7's?

Nick Jordan, writing for UR7's, has a look at the impact of last weekend Serevi RugbyTown Sevens on the future of the Eagles Olympic hopes.

Take the jump to read more.

Club/College:

Seth Davis Brown previews the Ivy Conference and asks who can catch Dartmouth?

AIC has announced their 2013 men's recruiting class while Texas State has announced their 2013-14 schedule.

It looks like Jonny Linehan will be the next BYU rugby player to give football a go.

U.S.A. Rugby's Dave McFadden shares the example of Central Florida doing big things on a small budget.

Cal is mourning the loss of one of their biggest supporters after Brock Settlemier passed away recently.

You don't often think of rugby when you think of Kansas, but that didn't stop Parker Staats from excelling at Kansas State.

World:

It's a very lucrative time to be an All Black. The 15's team could be in for a big bonus if they win in 2015 while the 7's team just got a pay raise.

Could Christian Leali'ifano make the switch to the Rebels? It's something he's thinking about.

Julian Savea will take his time in deciding whether to join the Crusaders.

Joe Launchbury admits he hasn't been very consistent but is looking to change that this year.

In player movement, Liam Messam, Sam Cane, and Tawera have all recommitted to the All Blacks and the Chiefs. Over in England, London Irish have signed John Yapp on year-long loan.

New Zealand rugby league is looking to see if Sonny Bill Williams will play in the league World Cup this fall, but a return to union may stop that. One player possibly going the other way is Rocky Elsom, although it's being denied.

Tidbits:

As part of the festivities in Charleston, U.S.A. Rugby held a development camp for referees.

Gavin Hickie shares more on the new scrum laws and how they came to be. (Membership required)

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