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Wednesday, March 16, 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:

The American rugby community was talking about a couple of big news items yesterday.

The first was the announcement of the initial squads for the PRO Rugby teams. Some of the big names included are Taku Ngwenya, Robbie Shaw, and a number of Eagles.

The other big piece of news is that Nate Ebner is taking a break from American football to try and make the Olympic team.

Luke Gross was on the local news in Sacramento talking about youth rugby and the PRO Rugby side.

Scotty Stevenson has his take on PRO Rugby from New Zealand while Pat Clifton has a cautionary look.

Martin Iosefo had a week worth of Dream Team selection in Vancouver while the Eagles learned their draw for Hong Kong.

Take the jump to read more.

Wrapping up our Vancouver 7s coverage we offer our player grades for the Eagles as well as a photo gallery.

Unfortunately for the South Panthers they fell short in their preparations for further Caribbean play with a loss in the final at the St. Paddy's Tournament.

Club/College:

It was a crucial weekend in the PRP with top clubs going head to head. The biggest was arguably SFGG vs. OMBAC where OMBAC pulled out the win.

In the other matches Glendale crushed Belmont Shore to stay perfect while Denver beat Santa Monica.

Life have taken over the top spot in the Canterbury Top 20 Rankings.

The Deseret News in Utah looks at the Utah connections at the Vegas 7s as well as the Utah Rugby Academy.

Jackie Finlan has excellent articles on South Bay and the Mermaids.

It seems that Oregon, not Boise State, will be in the NCRC playoffs.

The local paper in Santa Rosa has the story of one player who found rugby and is excelling.

Canada:

Mark Anscombe is rumored to be the next head coach of Canada.

Jamie Cudmore is headed back to France and will play for Oyonnax.

World:

Good news for Australian fans as David Pocock has re-upped with the ARU through 2019.

Nehe Milner-Skudder is out for the Super Rugby season with a shoulder injury. 

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