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Monday, November 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

National Teams/PRO Rugby:

Sacramento has been announced as the first PRO Rugby team. More are expected to be announced soon.

It looks like Red Bull Arena wouldn't be an option for a PRO Rugby team in New York (from what we understand they were looking elsewhere anyways).

AJ MacGinty started for Connacht for the first time over the weekend in freezing conditions. He spoke with the club about it afterwards.

The South Panthers faced Life yesterday in preparation for their next NACRA run. Life came away with the win, however.

Patrick Johnston has a solid look at the loss of two stops on the Women's Sevens Series.

Take the jump to read more.

Club/College:

The Glendale Raptors took home the WPL title for the second year in a row. We recap the final day as well as day one.

The Gold Cup was played over the weekend exhibiting some great rugby. Here is a look at day one. Stay tuned for a recap of day two.

St. Mary's has unveiled their schedule and it is arguably the toughest in the country.

Dartmouth won their ninth consecutive Ivy Rugby title thanks to a win over Harvard yesterday.

The NRFL recently held a combine in Shreveport, Louisiana. The local news was there to cover it.

Indiana's Jake Hidalgo is the DI-A Player of the Week.

Brett Anker has reports on Navy over Notre Dame College and Clemson over Virginia Tech.

Alex Goff notes Indiana's win in the Big Ten and has weekend reports here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

In the women's playoffs Army beat Harvard while AIC beat Brown.

The school paper has a solid look at Ohio University.

Canada:

The Canadian women have named their roster for Dubai.

World:

Matt Toomua will join Leicester after next year's Super Rugby season.

Doug Coil recaps Olympic qualification for Australia and Kenya.

Americas Rugby News has their latest edition of Up and Under while Planet Rugby looks at who's hot and who's not.

The grumbles out of Bath are that there isn't room to make up their fixture against Toulon.

This article looks at how the All Blacks are successful on and off the pitch

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