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Thursday, April 21, 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

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National Teams/PRO Rugby:

Bad news for Lorenzo Thomas as he has apparently torn his ACL at the JWRT.

Will Magie is our PRO Rugby Player of the Week. We also have an update on the standings and leading scorers.

New York is reportedly being considered to host a Bledisloe Cup match.

Sacramento has been very busy reaching out to their local news and were the subject of another profile.

Vice Sports has an article on rugby's return to the Olympics and the state of the sport.

The U.S. Wheelchair rugby team has qualified for the Paralympics this summer.

Take the jump to read more.

Club/College:

Cal is getting ready for their Varsity Cup semi-final against Central Washington.

Our latest PRP Power Rankings are out with Glendale still on top.

The DI-A and DI-AA final eight are set (well, almost) after a busy weekend.

The match between Cal Poly and Air Force has been rescheduled for this Saturday. The winner will play St. Mary's on Sunday.

Indiana has been forced to withdraw form the Women's DI Elite Playoffs but the men's team is aiming for a big win.

This Is Ohio Rugby notes the upcoming Findlay 10s while This Is Texas Rugby notes a partnership between Old Maroon and Ruck Science.

The ARPTC has opened up applications for their college prep program while Western Oregon is looking for a new coaching staff.

Alex Goff has more on AIC, Fordham, and the finalists for the Sorenson Award.

World:

Silvere Tian has received a very lengthy ban of 14 months for his actions towards referee Romain Poite.

Mike Blair has announced his retirement.

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