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Friday, October 9, 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:

We share who we think will start for the Eagles against Japan in their final World Cup match along with an aside on the rationale for squad rotation.

Will the photo of Lou Stanfill during the national anthem on Wednesday be the iconic photo in American rugby? We think so.

To put the final touches on the Eagles-Sprinboks match will have stats from the match as well as our player grades for the Eagles.

Pat Clifton gives his take on the Eagles big loss to South Africa.

The Guardian has a piece on Hayden Smith and his journey from basketball, to rugby, to football, to rugby again.

Take the jump to read more.

The Eagles have arrived at their next training base at Hartpury College outside Gloucester.

Chad Wise writes that new coach Jules McCoy has the Eagles 7s focused on their goals.

Club/College:

Writing for DI-A Cody Smith says that Indiana might be in line for a special season. He also looks at schools in California.

West Point is ready to travel and take on West Virginia this weekend. The West Point women will take on AIC.

Texas A&M have claimed the first stop in the Red River 7s series.

The Lindenwood women's team is seeing much of the same success as the men.

The Glendale Raptors and ORSU will go head to head in a big WPL match this weekend.

Alex Goff has articles on Canisius, Roger Williams, Endicott, and Life vs. Clemson.

Canada:

Patrick Johnston looks at the inflexibility World Rugby provides to players returning home and that some have to pay their own way.

World:

Universal Sports have announced their package for the knockout rounds.

Ireland, Italy, UruguayArgentina, and France have named their teams for this weekend.

Alesana Tuilagi has appealed his five week suspension (good on him).

World Rugby has a solid article on Japan's translator who is also a rock star. (Just a note. He translated in Sacramento in July and he looks like an accountant, not a rock star.) 

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