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Tuesday, May 16, 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:


The Eagles will be missing some key names, like Blaine Scully, Samu Manoa, Thretton Palamo, and Greg Peterson this summer. Head coach John Mitchell has elected to go with consistency. 

Also in case you missed it the Eagles 7s finished in fifth place in Paris. They beat Fiji and Samoa after losing to England in the quarterfinals. On day one they beat Argentina and Wales before losing to New Zealand

The team has been pooled with South Africa, Wales, and Kenya in London


Former Sacramento Express head coach Luke Gross has joined the Glendale Raptors

The Women Eagles will get an additional RWC warm-up match as they take on the WPL All-Stars

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The U.S. Wheelchair team finished second to Japan at the Tri-Nations tournament. 

Jake Feury takes a look back at a Falcons team from a few years ago

Club/College:

The Varsity Cup is apparently considering changes to the competition fo rnext year.

Alex Goff previews the men's DII pools at the College 7s Nationals.  He also looks at how coaching changes are becoming common in college rugby.

The Montana State women are back in the playoffs and are getting some attention on the local news.

The Glendale Raptors had no trouble taking care of the NorCal Pelicans.

The Rexburg Yeti in Idaho are seeing tremendous growth.

Canada:

Canada weren't able to recreate the magic they had in Singapore with an 11th place finish in Paris.

World:

There won't be any changes to the Six Nations for the next two years

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