Thursday, April 17, 2014

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 bRugby Marketplace, your independent rugby store! 

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National Teams:

Eric Fry will be the latest American in the Premiership after signing with Newcastle.

Mike Tolkin sat down with the U.S.A. Rugby website to talk about the Uruguay series.

Needless to say that the Women Eagles weren't pleased with their effort against Canada earlier in the week but they know they can get better.

Who doesn't like a big Samu Manoa tackle? Check his tackle against Saracens.

College/Club:

The latest PRP Power Rankings are out. Glendale and SFGG still hold the top places but the middle of the pack was shuffled.

Take the jump to read more.

16 teams will play for the DI-AA title, including defending champions Central Florida. The schedule and teams were announced yesterday.

Congrats to Glendale's Preston Bryant, who was chosen as the Rugby Marketplace Player of the Week.

The Observer has an interview with the Central Washington's Clint Lemkus.

Check out the extended highlights from Dartmouth's win over Clemson. BYU have their sights set on Dartmouth this Saturday.

The Sacramento Lions have added Epeli Naituivau as an assistant coach.

The USRFF has announced a scholarship to honor OMBAC and Eagles legend Graham Downes.

Rugby is making its return to Oregon's south coast.

Awesome to see Americans taking the game overseas. Boston's Mareika McLaughlin is taking the game to Cape Verde.

World:

Wales could be down a man when they head to South Africa this year. Justin Tipuric is in doubt with a shoulder injury.

Also injured is Mils Muliaina, who will be out the rest of the Super Rugby season.

No surprise that Gloucester's Tavis Knoyle and Sila Paufisi were hit with bans.

The Bleacher Report has an interesting look at the top 20 teams ever to play in the World Cup.

In player movement, Jason Shoemark is headed to Hawke's Bay from Exeter, Stephen Brett will join Lyon, and Connacht have signed Tom McCartney from the Auckland Blues.

Tidbits:

"Rugby Stories...and other misadventures" was our latest book club selection. Check out the review.

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