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Friday, November 13, 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

National Teams:

Mike Friday has named his training camp squad ahead of the Dubai 7s. The core group returns with several ODA players.

Staying with the Dubai 7s. The draw has been made for the men's and women's tournament.

The players in residency for the men's and women's Eagles have been confirmed. The men stay the same but the women add a number of players.

The qualifying format for the 2019 World Cup has been unveiled. The path for the U.S. still goes through Canada, and if that doesn't work, Uruguay.

It looks like Ireland will be playing the All Blacks in Chicago next year.

Additionally, the London Irish-Saracens match could be an annual thing if next year goes well.

Ted Hardy looks at some of the domestic players that could benefit from PRO Rugby.

Take the jump to read more.

Rugby Wrap Up has a Q&A with Nigel Melville talking all things Eagles.

Cody Schmelter offers his take on PRO Rugby and says it looks promising.

Alex Goff says that the Junior All-Americans head coaching position seems cursed.

Club/College:

This Is Texas Rugby's Grant Cole examines the Austin Blacks ahead of the Gold Cup while Pat Clifton talks with the Blacks' captain.

The Glendale Raptors preview this weekend's WPL playoffs by chatting with the team's captains.

The latest USA Club rankings are out with Life coming out on top.

Dartmouth beat Columbia last weekend to move to 6-0 in the conference.

It's Army vs. Navy as the two women's teams go head to head.

Cody Smith has more on Utah and their DI-A West championship.

Jackie Finlan previews the playoffs in the Northeast.

World:

Apparently there aren't many people that want to take the England job.

One of the few that seems interested is Jake White.

In player movement Jesse Kriel is off to Japan along with Heinrich Bruissow and Eben Etzebeth, Jonathan Davies is back at Scarlents, and Lizo Gqoboka has joined the Bulls. 

1 comment:

  1. That interview with Melville had a whole lot of words, but exactly zero real answers. What, precisely, did we learn from that interview?

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