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Friday, October 23, 2015

Tiger, Stars Ready For Central Coast 7s


Two well traveled all-star select sides from the U.S.--Tiger Rugby and the Stars--are set to play in one of the strongest 7s tournaments outside of the World Sevens Series when they play in the Central Coast 7s this weekend. It's not an easy task for either team as they are going up against strong sides from around the world, including 'B' teams from countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, but it's opportunity for players in the Eagles playing pool to get good minutes.

Tiger Rugby

Tiger Rugby are bringing a slew of strong players, including OTC players Taylor Howden, Ben Leatigaga, Pat Blair, Nic Edwards, Mike Teo, Perry Baker, and Steve Tomasin. Joining them on the team is Pila Huihui, a player with an Eagle future, Mattie Taigo, Aaron Davis, Zach Pangelinan, and former New Zealand player Rocky Khan. It's a team that can make a lot of noise.

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It's also a team that will need to play their best to get out of a tough group. The first match is arguably the most difficult as they play defending champions Daveta. The team is a Fijian powerhouse and regularly has players that head out to the Fijian national team. After that the team will play the Ozboks, a team of South Africans based in Australia. Lastly, they play the Hong Kong national team that is looking to make the Olympics. Tiger Rugby have a great chance of finishing second but they'll have to work for it.

Daveta: 7:00 p.m. et/4:00 p.m. pt
Ozboks: 9:40 p.m. et/6:40 p.m. pt
Hong Kong: 1:40 a.m. et/10:40 p.m. pt

Squad: Aaron "Spike" Davis, Taylor Howden, Ben Leatigaga, Pat Blair, Matt Taigo, Nick Edwards, Rocky Kahn, Zach Pangelinan, Mike Teo, Perry Baker, Steve Tomasin, Pila Huihui

Stars

The Stars have an international flavor to them with players from Canada, the U.S., Australia, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. They were set to have Georgia Page on the roster before she was injured. Tiara Littleton is one of the American players to watch and is tabbed as a player that can make an impact on the Eagles.

Up first for the side is Fijiana, the Fijian national team. They will be a strong outfit that had upsets on the Series last year. Next up will be the Central Coast Academy before playing Sunnybank, a powerhouse out of Brisbane. Like Tiger Rugby, they can get out of the pool but they will have to earn it.

Fijiana: 9:20 p.m. et/6:20 p.m. pt
Central Coast Academy: 1:20 a.m. et/10:20 p.m. pt
Sunnybank: 3:40 a.m. et/12:40 a.m. pt

Squad: Emily Belchos, Emily Chancellor, Anthea Clarke, Jannicke Ijdens, Kirrily Laws, Tiara Littleton, Ema Masi, Michelle Montague, Breanne Nicholas, Phoebe Thomas, Lauren Turner, Nikki Weyers

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