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Monday, March 6, 2017

Opening Kick


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National Teams/ODAs:

The Eagles 15s team have claimed their first tournament win since the 1924 Olympics as they won the Americas Rugby Championship in thrilling fashion over Argentina. The match ended in a draw but a late David Tameilau gave the U.S. a bonus point that put them in first.

If you missed the match you can check out our match commentary.

The 7s team had a very successful run at the Vegas 7s making the semi-finals once again. On day three the U.S. fell to South Africa in the semi-finals in a thrilling match and then to New Zealand in the 3rd/4th place match.

To reach that point the U.S. came from behind to beat Argentina in the quarterfinals. That came after England did the same thing to them in their pool decider. On day one the U.S. had an easy time with Samoa and Chile.

We spoke with U.S.A. Rugby CEO Dan Payne, assistant coach Chris Brown, and Andrew Durutalo after the match.

Take the jump to read more.

The women similarly had a fantastic tournament finishing in the same spot as the men. They lost their semi-final to New Zealand in a tight match and then to Canada in the 3rd/4th place match.

The U.S. beat Ireland in the quarterfinals. That came after they lost to Ireland in pool play but beat Spain and Fiji.

LVI:

The Serevi Selects represented the U.S. in the Men's Elite final but couldn't hold off Australian national feeder team Tribe who won the title.

Tribe beat an excellent Denver team in the semi-finals while Serevi beat Germany.

In the CRC qualifier Lindenwood blew through the entire competition, including Clemson in the final. Here is a recap of the semi-finals and the quarterfinals.

Photographer Connie Hatfield has shots from day one at the CRC. More photos to come later.

Look for more from the LVI later on today.

Club/College:

Cal lost the second leg of the World Cup to UBC in snowy conditions in Vancouver.

Life beat Davenport easily while Western Washington also won.

Asad Braswell and Holden Youngert, and Christian Bernard have earned DI-A honors.

World:

Is Germany on the verge of being the next big emerging country?

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