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Monday, December 7, 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/PRO Rugby:

After beating New Zealand in shocking fashion on day one in Dubai the U.S. did even better on day two, routing the All Blacks on their way to 3rd place. Day two began with a win over South Africa and then a narrow loss to England on a controversial call.

Martin Pengelly from The Guardian also weighs in on the continued growth of rugby throughout the country. Great article.

If you missed any of the matches from the weekend the full replays are available.

The U.S. next heads to Cape Town where they will play Australia, Wales, and Portugal. Perry Baker also made the Dubai Dream Team.

The Women Eagles 7s did not have a good weekend in Dubai finishing in 11th place.

Samu Manoa is listed as one of the reasons why Toulon are excelling this year.

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You don't often see a drop kick in American football. That's why it took ex-rugby player Nate Ebner to do it.

Americas Rugby News looks at who is pro and who is amateur in the halfbacksthe centers, and the deep three in the Americas.

Club/College:

Minnesota-Duluth beat UW-Whitewater for the men's DII championship.

On the women's side Connecticut are the fall DI champions while Davenport are the DII winners. The Bloomsburg women took third in DII.

Doug Coil has you covered with a list of results from last weekend.

This Is Texas Rugby also has results from the Red River region and info on a camp in Oklahoma.

This Is Ohio Rugby has more on Ohio Wesleyan University.

Life is gearing up for another tough season in the Mid-South.

Canterbury has partnered with the Tennessee Rugby Association.

World:

Leicester have re-signed Manu Tuilagi and a whole host of other players.

David Beckham likes watching rugby more than soccer. That's pretty cool, yeah?

Americas Rugby News has their latest Up and Under while Planet Rugby has their last Who's Hot and Who's Not.

Scotland have confirmed two tests against Japan next summer.

The WRU have withdrawn Scott Williams dual contract as the Ospreys and Scarlets fight. 

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