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Monday, March 13, 2017

Opening Kick


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National Teams/ODAs:

Martin Pengelly has a MUST-READ article about his reflections on American rugby.

The U.S. finished in fourth place in Vancouver with a loss to Fiji. We spoke with Mike Friday and Steve Tomasin after the tournament.

Once again they lost a tough match against South Africa in the semi-final. They also beat Argentina in the quarterfinals.

The Eagles steamrolled their opponents in pool play. They scored 52 against Japan, ran over France, and then nearly shut out Australia.

Perry Baker scored his 100th try over the weekend and made the Dream Team.

This is an excellent article on how rugby has provided an outlet for Queer women.

The Women Falcons finished in third place at the Vancouver Rugby Festival. Overall day two of the event went better for American teams.

Take the jump to read more.

Club/College:

St. Mary's gave BYU a stern test but the Cougars were able to pick up a couple of early tries that put them over the Gaels.

In the MRC both Glendale and Austin ran out to big wins. Here is a more in-depth article on Glendale's win.

Cal made it two for two on their trip to SoCal over the weekend.

The Berkeley All Blues are looking for a head coach for their fall season.

San Diego State won over the weekend and there were several 7s tournaments.

Jackie Finlan has more on the Mason-Dixon quarterfinal match-ups.

Life saw success at the Savannah St. Patrick's Day tournament. Also, the school paper examines Kansas State.

World:

Big news out of Europe this morning as Racing and Stade Francais have announced they are merging.

Planet Rugby looks at who's hot and who's not.

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