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Thursday, September 1, 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:

NBC has announced their broadcast plans for the first few months of the Premiership season.

U.S.A. Rugby has partnered with CSM Sports & Entertainment, who are also taking a stake in RIM.

Matt Trenary has some great analysis of possession in 7s while Pat Clifton puts Rio in the rear view mirror.

Alex Goff has a chat with All-American 7s captain Kelsi Stockert.

Club/College:

Sad news to pass along from Kansas City where Blues player Patrick Mercer has passed away.

NYAC kicked off their season with a win over the Capital Rugby Union All-Stars.

SFGG head coach Neil Foote has a great, lengthy interview about the club going forward.

Hey, look! Our founder Curtis Reed has been named the new commissioner of the NCRC.

Davenport have named Harry King II as their new head coach.

Take the jump to read more.

Arizona's second side is going to be playing in the Rio Grande Rugby Union.

Jack Clark is set to receive the Glenn Seaborg award.

The West Point Women will open up their season against Quinnipiac in a championship rematch.

Kent State has found a new home while Ft. Hunt is sending players to college.

Iona picked up a couple of wins to start their season while Penn State have higher expectations this year.

Canada:

Tyler Hotson, one of Canada's most important players over the last few years, has retired from international duty.

World:

One columnist says that Australia should learn from the "demise" of Wales.

Argentina will play Japan in Japan this November.

According to an article down in New Zealand the All Blacks don't get special treatment.

Quade Cooper has signed a new deal with the ARU and the Reds.

Ruan Pineaar is leaving Ulster due to foreign player restrictions.

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