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Friday, August 5, 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:

The latest Try and Tackle podcast is out where Patrick Johnston and ourselves give our Olympic preview.

The World Rugby Conference & Exhibition recently sat down for a Q&A with Mike Friday.

Nate Ebner was recently in Atlantic Quarterly. It's a fantastic piece and well worth a read.

U.S.A. Rugby has more on the Minnesota duo of Garrett Bender and Nate Augspurger.

Atavus coach Emilie Bydwell is in Rio helping the Women Eagles. She was also a part of an article by NPR focusing on the team.

San Diego's Phil Mackenzie share his personal recap of the PRO Rugby season.

Take the jump to read more.

Sacramento are looking for some feedback from fans on how their season went.

Staying with the Express, Cody Jerabek has been picked as our PRO Rugby Young Player of the season.

Martin Pengelly catches up with the Northeast Academy and looks ahead to the search for local talent.

Club/College:

U.S.A. Rugby has announced the dates for the 2016-17 college championships. The DI-AA will have a split season this year.

New Central Washington coach Todd Thornley has been busy but he carved out some time to talk about the upcoming year.

Some news to pass along out of the Mid-Atlantic as NOVA and the Griffins have merged.

A year after being diagnosed with cancer Ariel Johnson is back playing rugby and will be at the Club 7s Nationals.

West Point just completed a four day camp that in their words was successful.

Lindenwood-Belleville have announced their incoming recruiting class.

The Midwest Thunderbirds U-24 team came home successful from the Can-Am tournament.

Canada:

Kayla Moleschi talked with Patrick Johnston about the team's preparations for the start of the rugby tournament.

World:

Australia have named their squad for the Rugby Championship.

Pat Lambie is still dealing with the impact of a concussion he suffered two months ago.

The Wasps have signed Willie le Roux for the upcoming season. 

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