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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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/MLR/ODAs:

Our player grades are in for the Eagles from the Singapore 7s. Once again the grades are strong.

Titi Lamositele, Greg Peterson, AJ MacGinty, and Joe Taufete'e all started for their clubs last weekend.

Bristol has a nice piece on Thretton Palamo. “I remember one guy stole the ball from us, it was a fast break and I was coming from the other side of the court. He jumped and then I jumped to try and block his dunk and he just went higher and higher and I remember thinking: ‘this is when I retire from basketball."

Lily Durbin has replaced Ryan Carlyle for the Kitakyushu Sevens.

The San Diego Union-Tribune has a look into the dispute between PRO Rugby and U.S.A. Rugby.

The U.S. Wheelchair Rugby team has made changes to their roster.

Take the jump to read more.

Tiger Rugby has strengthened their connections to South Africa with a partnership with Stellenbosch University.

U.S.A. Rugby looks at how the academy system is benefiting the national teams.

Pat Clifton says the global calendar change should work out for the Eagles.

Jackie Finlan looks back on the All-Americans at the Tropical 7s.

Club/College:

Navy beat Central Washington as an upset in the Varsity Cup. Here is more on the quarterfinals.

San Diego State and Arizona both advanced in the DI-A playoffs.

SFGG are the top team in NorCal after beating Life West.

Alex Goff has more on Cody Melphy as well as the College 7s.

World:

The Singapore 7s may have one of the best facilities on the Sevens Series but it's not attracting a lot of people.

Harlequins star Nick Evans is retiring at the end of the season

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