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Tuesday, December 1, 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

We've got you covered for your holiday shopping with our annual holiday gift guide. Included are discounts to several retailers.

World Rugby Shop's Cyber Monday deal nabbing 25% off has been extended.

National Teams/PRO Rugby:

Mike Friday, writing for the World Sevens Series, talks about the importance of the breakdown.

Richelle Stephens could play a big role on the Women Eagles 7s this year. She was recently profiled by the USOC.

Jake Frechette previews the Women's Sevens World Series.

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Club/College:

It was domination for both the Northeast Academy and Team Quebec at the New York 7s.

We sat down with new ATAVUS coach Greg McWilliams to pick his brain on his coaching philosophy.

The Big Ten has named their All-Conference selections.

One player says that if they went to Mars they would take a rugby ball.

The Tacoma Nomads were recently featured on a Tacoma podcast.

Goff Rugby Report has their DI college awards with special mention to BC's Rob Conway and AIC's Jihad Khabir.

Canada:

The Canada Maple Leafs are set to play England 'A' in a high profile women's match.

World:

Mike Phillips has retired from international rugby with 99 caps.

Sam Warburton is out for six weeks with an ankle injury while Manu Tuilagi could be back before Christmas.

One columnist says that if a Northern Hemisphere team wants to win the World Cup they should scrap the Lions.

Planet Rugby has their latest edition of Loose Pass.

Nick Auterac and Nathan Catt have signed new contracts with Bath. In France, Brock James will leave Clermont for La Rochelle. 

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