Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Opening Kick

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National Teams/PRO Rugby:

PRO Rugby training is underway and with more pictures filtering out from camps we know where more players will be playing.

Two weeks of busy activities off the pitch and intense rugby on caught up with the Eagles as they finished runners-up in the Plate in Vancouver. We have a recap and words from Madison Hughes and Perry Baker.

First up on day two the Eagles lost in an extra-time thriller to Fiji and then crushed Wales.

On day one the Eagles beat France and England before losing to New Zealand.

Martin Pengelly has a report on the Saracens-London Irish match in New York as well as a look at PRO Rugby.

Doug Coil was also out at the match in New York and has video from the post-match press conference. He's also got you covered for all of last week's results.

In other PRO Rugby news Rob Hoadley has been picked as an assistant in San Diego while Orene Ai'i has joined the San Francisco outfit.

Take the jump to read more.

The Rugby Channel has their first promo out while the new World Rugby Chairman could impact the Eagles.

The Women Falcons were playing up at the Vancouver Rugby Festival and they gained experience but not many wins.

Jackie Finlan spoke with Girl's High School All-Americans coach Emilie Bydwell about success of that team at the tournament.


In a result few saw coming BYU beat a very tired St. Mary's team by a huge scoreline.

In other big college matches Life beat Arkansas State and Lindenwood beat Davenport.

Doug Coil has more on the 40th anniversary of Xavier High School rugby.

Correspondent Brendan Triplett shares news of a ban for Rutgers, changes to the Keystone 7s, and has a great article on tackling in rugby.

Cal heads up to UBC this weekend for the World Cup finale.

The local news in Colorado is taking notice of the match between Colorado State and Air Force this weekend.

Photos are up from Lindenwood's win over Davenport and UCLA's win over Utah.

Atlantis once again sent a girl's team to the LVI and they have a report on how they did.

Jackie Finlan has articles on Lindenwood over Twin Cities, UCSD, Tucson, and the match between Arizona and Arizona State.

Former Lindenwood coach Seru Rabeni has passed away.

The Rugby Republic has a nice article on Azusa Pacific and their push for nationals.

In club play the EPA Razorbacks and Santa Rosa played to a draw.

Army's Luke Heun is the DI-A Player of the Week and in other college news SDSU beat Cal Poly in interesting circumstances, St. Bonaventure won a 7s tournamentIndiana won again, and the NCRC semi-finals are set.

The local paper has a good recap of Ruggerfest in Ft. Lauderdale.


If you missed anything from the Vancouver 7s make sure to read Patrick Johnston's piece from the tournament.


In player movement Connacht have signed Marnitz Boshoff


  1. Patriots' Nate Ebner taking leave to chase Olympic rugby dream

  2. That's the wrong link on the CSU-USAFA bit.