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Thursday, November 3, 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:

Absent most of their European players the Eagles have picked their strongest squad possible for Friday's match. Will Holder will get the nod at flyhalf.

Shalom Suniula, Todd Clever, and Danny Barrett participated in a live Facebook chat.

Ireland will be back in the United States next year to play the Eagles.

Did you know that Jerome Kaino is a U.S. citizen? Had things turned out differently he could have been playing for the Eagles this weekend instead of the All Blacks.

Tony Lamborn is going to have plenty of friends on the Maori All Blacks. Their squad can be found here.

Alex Goff chatted with Nate Augspurger on playing scrumhalf for the Eagles.

PRO Rugby announced yesterday that they will not be expanding to Canada. Rugby Canada has responded to the news with a statement.

Take the jump to read more.

Bryan Ray has a nice article on the whole situation.

Club/College:

NYAC beat Old Blue while Mystic River beat Life and the Wolfhounds trounced Boston. More in our ARP/Atlantic Cup recap.

The Seattle Saracens continue to pick up wins in the Mainland Cup.

Former BYU player Paul Lasike, now with the Chicago Bears, is ready for this weekend's chance to watch the All Blacks.

The Canterbury Red River interviews continue with Arkansas.

Monique Compito from the Atlanta Harlequins has been named the WPL Player of the Week.

Confused about the women's college playoffs? Jackie Finlan clarifies things.

Army's Jon Kim has won the same award in the DI-A.

Matoko Noudehou checks in with the Big Ten.

The student newspaper profiles the new players at Mary Washington.

World:

Bristol have suspended head coach Andy Robinson after a slow start to the season.

Japan and Argentina have named contrasting squads ahead of their match.

Wales has also named their team as have Australia and the Barbarians.

Allan Bunting has been picked as the new head 7s coach of New Zealand.

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