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Thursday, April 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:

A presumed injury to Carlin Isles has him out of this weekend's Hong Kong 7s. He's being replaced by Nate Ebner.

Speaking of Ebner, he had a solid day at the Hong Kong 10s, as did Shalom Suniula. We'll have an update on day two shortly.

Danny Barrett makes the list of Mike Friday's top five players he's coached.

We continue our comparing and contrasting players on the five PRO Rugby teams. This time we look at lock and the back-row.

Take the jump to read more.

Nick Wallace has joined Denver adding to their core group of props.

The Rugby Channel has officially launched and is now offering select Pro12 matches.

U.S.A. Rugby and NSCRO have expressed concern of a new discrimination law passed in North Carolina saying they will question putting future events in the state. It should be noted that as of now it doesn't look like they are moving next month's College 7s.

The Northeast Academy women have named their side for the Atlanta Rugby Festival.

Club/College:

Highlights from week nine of the Pacific Rugby Premiership are up!

UC-Davis senior Caroline Sequeria asks if men's and women's rugby is really equal.


Four Lindenwood players, including two capped Eagles, will play with the Junior All-Americans in the JWRT.

Correspondent Brendan Triplett checks in with the Keystone Conference 7s series.

The Central Washington women will host Lethbridge this weekend.

The UC-Davis women's team is ready for a trip to nationals while Augusta are looking for club glory.

AIC continues their spring 7s season by hosting the Armory 7s.

World:

David Pocock has apologized to Michael Leitch twice for his recent tackle.

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