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Monday, April 11, 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 Eagles once again seemed to run out of gas in a Plate final, this time falling to England in Hong Kong.

The reach the Plate final on day two they were frustrated by South Africa and then run roughshod over Wales.

Pool play finished off on Friday with the U.S. beating Argentina and Australia to top the pool.

The Women Eagles scored some memorable wins at the Atlanta 7s, including a win over New Zealand in pool play, on their way to ultimately finishing with the Plate.

Both the men and women have learned their draw for this weekend while Alev Kelter made the Atlanta 7s Dream Team.

Coach JD Stephenson has named his squad for the upcoming Junior World Rugby Trophy.

Take the jump to read more.

Club/College:

Doug Coil has you covered with results from the U.S. and around the world once again.

The Glendale Raptors moved within one match of clinching a spot in the PRP Grand Final with a win over Santa Monica.

OMBAC stayed on track to play in the match as well while SFGG are nipping at their heels.

The first round of the Varsity Cup mostly featured blowouts. We have an overall recap.

In specific reports, Cal won big, Central Washington beat UCLA, and Army beat Oklahoma.

Results from the Southwest Conference 7s are in as well as the Armory 7s.

In other results, UC-Davis and Sacramento State won and Washington won the NCRC while on the women's side UC-Davis have made the DI final and there were upsets in the DII round of 16.

Rugby Wrap Up's Matt McCarthy weighs in on the state of American rugby.

World:

Fiji won the Hong Kong 7s but reportedly won't get any of the tradition bonus money.

Planet Rugby has their weekly look at who's hot and who's not.

Augustine Pulu will move to the Blues from the Chiefs next year.

Justin Tipuric is going to take a three month break while Marcell Coetzee will miss nine months.

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