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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Afternoon Notes: Brakeley Rejoins Eagles, Lapasset Stepping Down


Eagles Call In Reinforcements

Coming off their less than stellar showing against Brazil Eagles head coach John Mitchell is calling up reinforcements into his team as they get ready to take on Uruguay on Saturday. Nate Brakeley was scheduled to play for the Northeast Academy in the LVI this weekend but he's now been replaced by John Corpuz-Jackson. Brakeley will help fill in on the back-row and in the locks where the U.S. showed some wear and tear against Brazil. James King looked to have some knocks at the end of the match and David Tameilau and Brodie Orth have played a lot of matches.

Another name coming into the team is Lorenzo Thomas. He scored a try on debut against Chile, a week after starring for the Junior All-Americans. He's back and will help add some bite in the centers. Andrew Suniula was called-up to add depth last week.

In addition to Brakeley and Thomas there could be a few other names brought in as well.

Take the jump to read more.

Lapasset Stepping Down

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset is stepping down from his post. He is also co-chairman of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games bid committee and he cited a need to spend more time on that role as his reason for leaving Super Rugby.

Lapasset noted his resignation saying: "After careful consideration I have taken the decision not to seek a further term of office as Chairman of World Rugby. I feel that this is the right time for‎ me to complete my current term and pass on the ball to one of my superb colleagues.

"Rugby has never been healthier and I am so proud of what we have achieved in growing the game around the globe, securing rugby sevens on the Olympic programme, staging wonderful tournaments, including Rugby World Cup 2015, taking the women's game to new levels and properly addressing key issues such as governance and player welfare.

"I am proud of my time at the helm of World Rugby and excited by what lies ahead for our sport, including the debut of Sevens at Rio 2016.

According to World Rugby's rules member unions can submit nominations for the post. The deadline is March 12th and after that a vote will be held at the Annual Meeting of Council in Dublin in May. To win the person only needs a simple majority of the members present. 

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