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Monday, March 7, 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:

Wanting to crack the top four the Eagles did just that as they finished in fourth place at the Vegas 7s. Overall, it was a good result as the team heads into Vancouver.

Day three started with a frustrating loss to Fiji in windy conditions. The Cup quarterfinals saw the team beat Kenya.

In pool play the U.S. beat Wales, drew with Canada, and then lost to South Africa.

For Vancouver, the team has been drawn into Pool D with New Zealand, England, and France.

It wasn't only Vegas that saw the Eagles play over the weekend. The 15s team was in Uruguay where they let a multi-try lead slip away in a loss to Uruguay.

If you missed that match you can get caught up with our match commentary or the highlights and/or full match replay.

The Falcons, like the Eagles, had a good weekend in Vegas. They came away with the Men's Elite championship with a win over the Froggies.

Take the jump to read more.

To reach the final the Falcons had to beat Fijian powerhouse Daveta. In the quarterfinals they beat the Northeast Academy and they were perfect through pool play.

The Women Falcons also enjoyed a solid weekend in Vegas. They finished day one and day two with perfect records but then lost to France in the Cup semi-finals.

Reports out of South Africa have former Springbok Pedrie Wannenberg joining the PRO Rugby team in Denver.

London Irish and Saracens square off this week in New York. The match is part of the Premiership's larger plans for America.

Club/College:

Utah have qualified for the CRC. They looked okay in pool play (recap of all of pool play here) but then played fundamental rugby to upset AIC in the semi-finals. They then beat Notre Dame College on a late, dramatic try to book a ticket to Philadelphia.

AIC, Utah, James Madison, and Notre Dame College made the final four after winning their quarterfinals.

In non-7s play. Cal beat St. Mary's in a match-up of top teams while BYU beat Central Washington.

LSU's Jeff Mauras is the DI-A Player of the Week.

Jackie Finlan has more on the Girl's U-18 LVI division here, here, and here, as well as the Mudhens win over ORSU.

Alex Goff has articles on wins by LSU, Oklahoma, and teams in the NCRC.

Canada:

Canada finished with a loss to Samoa in the Shield final.

Additional tickets have been opened up for the Vancouver 7s next week due to demand.

In the ARC, Canada had their way with Chile for a big win.

World:

The Vegas 7s provided a lot of thrilling play capped off with Fiji winning the final.

England have made some changes to their Six Nations squad.

Sonny Bill Williams missed out on Vegas and he's going to miss out on Vancouver with an injury.

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