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Friday, October 16, 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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Congrats to Dan Hernandez on winning a knockout round streaming package from Universal Sports!

National Teams:

What do Phil Thiel, Cam Dolan, and AJ MacGinty all have in common? They all played at the World Cup and they all came through the Life program.

Nigel Melville spoke with The Guardian about the need for the Eagles to be professionals.

Qualifying for the 2019 World Cup is going to be a lot more tricky than it was for the 2015 version.

More rumors about a pro league are circulating, including one that has a cap of five foreign players on each team.

Alex Goff has his take on the Eagles at the World Cup, Pat Clifton does the same, and a new Ruggamatrix podcast is out.

Ted Hardy from Americas Rugby News also shares his thoughts on the Eagles and Junior Blaber at Rugby Wrap Up looks at what's next.

Take the jump to read more.

The U.S. Wheelchair Rugby Team picked up an important win yesterday.

Club/College:

Players from St. Joe's recently worked with Australian kicking coach Damien Hill.

The NCRC 7s are just around the corner. Here's a preview of Pools A and B. Also in the Northwest, the student paper has a nice piece on Seattle University who are getting help form ATAVUS.

In DI-A Arizona have named their captains while Wyoming are getting ready to mourn a former player.

BYU's Jonny Linehan gets another profile in the student paper while a Cal player is also making the switch to football.

West Point are ready to take on Iona this weekend.

USA Youth Rugby are on the look out for stories from the community.

Atlanta's Angela Sun has been named the WPL Player of the Week.

Lindenwood women gain another spotlight as Chad Wise looks at the team.

Justin Rutledge has more on the Chicago Griffin's win over Palmer.

Alex Goff has articles on Duluth and VMI while Jackie Finlan has more on two Stanford players gaining WPL experience.

World:

Ireland, Scotland, and Argentina have named their teams for Sunday.

With the quarterfinals this weekend articles are rolling in on how predictable the World Cup has become.

The French players have revolted against their coach ahead of their match with New Zealand.

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