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Thursday, September 15, 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/ODAs:

The logo and qualification process for the 2018 RWC Sevens in the Bay Area is out.

The U.S. Wheelchair Rugby team won their first match at the Paralympics.

Taku Ngwenya is headed back to France and the Top 14 after signing with Brive.

Grand Prix Rugby has taken another positive step by acquiring American Rugby 7s.

Jackie Finlan updates the status of players on the Super Series team.

Pat Clifton checks in on the status of RIM and the relationship with U.S.A. Rugby.

Bui Baravilala and Jessica Javelet each spoke about the future of the women's 7s team.

Take the jump to read more.

AJ MacGinty and Niamh Briggs both participated in an Atavus coaching seminar.

Club/College:

NYAC opened up their American Rugby Premiership season with a win over Boston.

Doug Coil notes some changes to the Carolina Rugby Union as well as more on Mystic River's win over a visiting team.

Cal has announced their new players for their upcoming season.

Colorado State took home the top prize from the Jackalope 7s in Laramie.

Alex Goff has more on Bowling Green's win over Ohio State. Also, Arizona's development team beat UTEP.

The school paper has a great article on the Winona State women's team.

Canada:

Ticket sales to next year's Canada 7s are reportedly very strong.

Long-time Canada star Sean Duke has retired. He is going to medical school.

World:

Apparently New Zealand are not on board with the changes to the global rugby calendar.

New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, and Argentina have named their teams for the weekend.

One columnist says that New Zealand and Saracens have set the standard.

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