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Friday, September 11, 2015

NYAC vs. Boston To Open ARP With Remembrance Cup

The American Rugby Premiership opens up tomorrow with New York Athletic Club hosting Boston at Travers Island. The match will also double as the Remembrance Cup in honor of 9/11. With a long season ahead of them both teams will be looking to start their seasons with a win.

NYAC head into the match as the number two team from last year only unable to overcome a very, very good Life side. They are well coached, have a solid group of players, and are easily a top five team in the country. However, they do go into the match missing a few key players, specifically Al McFarland and Mike Petri who are away with the Eagles. Both of those players will be difficult to replace but the club still has the likes of Kyle Granby, Toby L'Estrange, Justin Hundley, and Nate Brakeley on the roster.

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Boston were disappointed with last year's fourth place finish. They had a solid start to the season but then weren't able to put it together with only a win and a draw against their rivals the Wolfhounds. However, the team has the tradition and talent to go far and make waves. Prop Tony Purpura has been capped and Richie Lobb is an excellent fly-half. Having wing Duran Vota on the team can make a difference as well. The team will be missing Lucas Baistrocchi to injury.

On the team's website captain Sean Treacy said "It's no secret that we lost a few of our big players over the Summer but it's been great to see how comfortable the new recruits have looked throughout preseason. I have no doubt they'll step up to the challenge in New York this weekend."

The match begins at 4:00 p.m. et.

Boston Line-up

Forwards: Barrett Stowell, Patrick Rockwell, Tony Purpura, Dave Prell, Marcos Flegmann, James Wheeler, Ed Guitton, Adam Normann

Backs: Sean Treacy (c), Richie Lobb, Duran Vota, Shane Morales, Kyle Palm, Gideon Balloch, Ceri Llewelyn

Bench: Corey Newton, David Kohler, Rob Grant, Scott Martin, Paul McCann

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