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Friday, February 5, 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:

Head coach John Mitchell has picked his team to play Argentina. It's a blend of veterans and youth.

The Eagles are going to play the Maori All Blacks next November in Chicago, a day before the All Blacks play Ireland. Smart move all around.

The Junior All-Americans have named their final camp roster ahead of their JWRT qualifying match against Canada next week.

The Eagles were recently featured on the local news in Houston profiling their visit to Texas Children's Hospital.

Luke Gross has been picked as the head coach of the Sacramento PRO Rugby side.

Argentina has named their starting line-up to play the Eagles.

Take the jump to read more.

The Rugby Republic has a solid interview with Kelly Griffin about potentially playing in the Olympics.

Kristen Guernier notes that Jules McCoy still is with an assistant coach.

Club/College:

Jack Clark has extended his contract at Cal while Tom Billups has been promoted to Associate Head Coach.

Our College Top Ten rankings are out with BYU still on top but with a big showdown against St. Mary's looming things could change.

Around the country in DI play it looks like the top sides are already pulling away.

The Seattle Saracens are looking to reverse last week's defeat as they play Vancouver Rowing Club on Saturday.

UCLA beat UCSB in a friendly, Utah is set to play Arizona State, while Arizona head to Texas to play Lindenwood.

The Premiership has teamed up with Tiger Rugby to send coaches on tour of the States.

Western Washington earned a big win over Oregon last weekend while Central Washington heads to Seattle for two matches this weekend.

Jackie Finlan has an update from the DII Pacific South and a look at Rugby Oregon.

World:

Scotland, France, Italy, Ireland, and England have named their teams for the Six Nations openers.

The Rebels have signed Japan's Kotaro Matsushima while Hiroshi Yamashita is with the Chiefs.

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