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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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 by Rugby Marketplace, your independent rugby store

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National Teams:

It was a tough match to grade but we went ahead and did it anyway. Check out our player grades from the Eagles loos to Scotland.

The stats only tell a part of the story but there are a few key stats that help explain the reason why the U.S. lost.

Despite starting out with two losses the Eagles are looking for a positive end to the World Cup.

Alex Goff weighs in on the Eagles after two matches.

Club/College:

Scott Lawrence is taking a bigger role at Life and will oversee the entire program.

Take the jump to read more.

Cal have added 14 new players in what is a very impressive group.

Women's rugby continues to gain popularity as this article from Utah State points out.

The ECRC website recaps week three from the conference.

Alex Goff takes a look at Navy while Jackie Finlan highlights BYU and New Mexico.

The Bethel College Pilots beat IUPUI for their second win in a row.

Mount St. Mary's picked up an upset win over Salisbury last weekend.

World:

Fiji have named their team to play Wales on Thursday. They will be missing Niko Matawalu. Wales, France, and Canada have also named their sides.

Injuries are mounting up. Australia have lost Wycliff Palu and Will Skelton who will be replaced by Sam Carter and James Hanson. England have called in Nick Easter in place of Billy Vunipola, Blair Cowan has replaced Grant Gilchrist for Scotland, and Romania have swapped Ovidiu Tonita for Vlad Nistor.

One analyst looks at the scrums in the England-Wales match and finds things that went wrong.

China are aiming to win a gold medal at the Olympics

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