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Thursday, May 19, 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:

Charlie Purdon is our PRO Rugby Player of the Week while we also check in with the standings, attendance, and scoring leaders.

Recent Junior All-American Ruairi Van Raalte is playing his rugby in New Zealand. We caught up with him for a Q&A.

Carlin Isles and GoPro makes a solid combination as this video shows.

Bob Latham will continue to serve on the World Rugby Executive Committee. He represents North America.

Jake Frechette introduces his new PRO Rugby rating system.

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Club/College:

The DI quarterfinals are set. We look back at the weekend that was an offer some projections for the weekend.

Our final PRP Power Rankings of the season are out with Glendale on top.

Tal Bayer has been named as the head coach of New England College.

The Twin Cities Amazons ended their season with a win over Glendale.

Steve Murra, a rugby legend in Iowa, was the subject of this fantastic profile.

Alex Solomon previews the women's DII playoffs.

World:

Sam Underhill says he won't be playing for England this summer (faint, delusion hopes for U.S. fans?).  Joe Marler also won't play for the team.

Michael Cheika has signed an extension that will take him through the next World Cup.

Sanzaar is coming up with a 10 year plan for what are their next steps.

It looks like Cory Jane could be headed for a stint in Japan.

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