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Friday, January 8, 2016

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:

In big news the USOC has picked Play Rugby USA and the Northeast Academy as their first Community ODA.

There are some rumblings out of North Carolina that there is interest in a PRO Rugby team.

New Eagles coach John Mitchell says that politics and vendetta's are what drove him out of South Africa.

Pat Clifton has a fantastic look at John Mitchell's career so far and the personality of his teams.

Mike Friday and his staff were an easy choice for the TIAR Coach of the Year Award.

Also taking home a TIAR Award is Hanco Germishuys, who is our Youth Player of the Year.

Take the jump to read more.

Club/College:

A top battle is set for this weekend as SFGG and St. Mary's go head to head.

Wheeling Jesuit has added a women's varsity program.

In Arizona, Grand Canyon University and Arizona State will square off. Alex Solomon has more on the match.

The Austin Huns and Canterbury USA have announced a new partnership.

Life are looking for a new graduate assistant for their women's team.

Canada:

Jamie Cudmore is set to miss some matches with a neck injury.

British Columbia have announced some of their sides for the LVI.

World:

The Rebels will take on Samoa in a pre-season clash for the club.

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