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Friday, February 19, 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:

Colin Hawley, Matt Hughston, and others have been offered contracts from PRO Rugby.

The league also announced that Eamonn Hogan will be an assistant coach in Ohio.

The Red, White, and Black Eye podcast has a great chat with budding star Hanco Germishuys.

Fellow Junior All-American star Ben Cima is drawing attention down in Argentina (Spanish).

Jackie Finlan looks at the busy month ahead for the Women Eagles 7s.

Jake Frechette breaks down the short and long-term prospects for the ARC while Alex Goff and Pat Clifton has quick chats with John Mitchell.

Take the jump to read more.

Club/College:

The huge college match-up this weekend is St. Mary's vs. BYU, arguably the two best teams in the country.

Highlights from week three of the Pacific Rugby Premierships are now up. There is also some movement in our PRP Power Rankings.

With PRO Rugby taking up the Spring it looks like the ARP is moving to Fall only.

The Austin Blacks picked up a big win over the Dallas Reds. We have more on that in our weekly DI recap.

The top pools at the Las Vegas Invitational are set with some excellent match-ups.

Three DI-A teams are looking for wins in the PAC Conference.

Middle Tennessee State is set to host one of the first 7s tournaments of the year.

Canada:

Canada have named their side to take on Brazil this weekend.

World:

Guest writer Edward Wade weighs in on how teams from the British Isles are doing in the Six Nations.

Jared Payne has signed a new deal with Ulster and Uini Atonio has done the same with La Rochelle. Grenoble have re-signed Steven Stephano and Sona Taumalolo.

The Melbourne Rebels put up a big win over Samoa in their final pre-season match.

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