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Tuesday, October 6, 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:

In case you missed it, the Eagles have made a number of changes as they get ready to face South Africa.

The Springboks haven't made nearly as many changes and they will field a strong side.

Mike Tolkin discusses why the short turnaround between matches meant putting out a largely reserve side against South Africa.

The Wall Street Journal explains "why the U.S. should care about rugby." Meanwhile, this article off the AP shows the change in attitude among the Eagles.

Take the jump to read more.

Club/College:

New TIAR correspondent AJ Johnson recaps Navy's win over Air Force while fellow correspondent Matt Tunney looks at the Big Ten.

ATAVUS has opened up full-time academies in Minneapolis and San Diego.

Highlights of the Kansas City Blues against the Milwaukee Barbarians are now up!

Week three of the WPL is in the books with wins by the All Blues, ORSU, Amazons, and Harlequins.

The Dallas Harlequins have named Jan Boot as their new head coach.

Doug Coil has more on the Stars Rugby 7s squad headed to the Central Coast 7s.

DI-A Rugby has a recap of what happened in the West over the weekend.

Thanks to his work over the weekend David Huff has been named the AAA Athlete of the Week.

Towson picked up a win over a local rival when they beat Georgetown last weekend. Also, Pitt beat Lock Haven.

Alex Goff has more on Harvard, Vermont, and Northern Iowa while Jackie Finlan has pieces on the MARC, the Rocky Mountain, and the Ivy League.

Canada:

Patrick Johnston is over in England and checks in with Canada.

World:

England, Namibia, and Georgia have named their team's for their upcoming matches.

Michael Hooper has been given a one week ban and will miss Australia's match against Wales. The Wallabies are also sweating on injuries to Israel Folau and Rob Horne.

World Rugby says that this is the biggest and best yet World Cup.

Romania's coach, Lynn Howells, has signed a two year contract extension.

Martin Castrogiovanni has a tumor in his back and has been forced to withdraw from the Italy side.

Planet Rugby has their latest edition of Loose Pass.  

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