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Friday, April 22, 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:

Nate Ebner was the subject of this profile from The Boston Globe.

David Tameilau and Orene Ai'i will start for San Francisco for the first time as they team names their starting line-up for Sunday.

Our inaugural PRO Rugby Power Rankings are out with Sacramento on top.

Kurt Morath is in San Diego and ready to help his team this weekend.

Rugby Warp Up's Jake Frechette was at the Denver-Ohio match and has interviews with several players.

Former Eagles head coach Mike Tolkin will be honored at the Play Rugby USA Gala.

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Club/College:

Glendale Raptors head coach Andre Snyman explains why the PRP and the Raptors still have a significant role to play in American rugby.

Davenport face an uphill battle against Life while Utah and Arizona will square off.

The DI season is coming to a close. We recap last weekend and check in on the playoff race.

Central Washington are prepared for their playoff matches this weekend.  Jackie Finlan has more on BYU, Lindenwood, and more.

U.S.A. Rugby has a deeper dive into the women's DII college playoffs.

Middle Tennessee State are hoping to make waves in the DI-AA playoffs.

The pools and schedule for the Ivy Women's 7s Championship are out.

The final of the SCRC 7s between Tennessee and South Carolina is now up on replay while Navy will play in the ACRC 7s.

Canada:

Patrick Johnston has more on Ray Barkwill and Nick Blevins in PRO Rugby.

World:

The New York Times recently did a piece on the long travel the Jaguares have to endure this season.

Huw Richards looks at New Zealand's rebel tour to South Africa in 1986 for ESPNScrum.

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