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Wednesday, December 9, 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:

For this week's poll we ask you if the Eagles will medal in Rio?

Madison Hughes says the Eagles are playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulder.

The U.S. Rugby Foundation has opened up nominations of the Hall of Fame.

The latest Red, White, and Black Eye podcast is out talking the Eagles and more.

Alex Goff profiles Kevin Swiryn and his comeback as well as a note on commentating matches.

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Jake Frechette shares some advice for becoming a rugby fan in the United States.

Club/College:

In a match featuring some of the best players in the country the NorCal Pelicans beat the SoCal Griffins last Saturday.

The NorCal women were able to achieve the same result as the men while the SoCal Griffins U-23 played Santa Monica.

Several American teams, including the Northeast Academy, showed well at the Tobago 7s.

Several schools in the Seattle area are forming new rugby clubs as part of a new competition.

World:

The Barbarians will play South Africa next year at Wembley.

Toby Faletau is head to Bath and the Dragons are pretty torn up about it.

The Eastern Province Kings are still trying to work out how Super Rugby is going to work in the region.

Dimitri Szarzewski has retired from international rugby with 83 caps. 

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