Saturday , December 16 2017

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Champions Cup – Round 4 Preview

The Champions Cup is the pinnacle of club rugby in Europe and never fails to present compelling matchups. This week is no exception with a number of teams in do-or-die situations as they vie for one of the biggest prizes in the sport. The good news for the Americas is ...

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Challenge Cup – Round 4 Preview

Round four of the European Challenge Cup is typically one that starts to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Unfortunately it also tends to be round that clubs already down the pecking order roll out weakened lineups which can end up with some lopsided results. Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Connacht ...

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British & Irish Cup – Round 4 Preview

The fourth round of the British & Irish Cup coincides with the bigger European competitions with the Greene King IPA Championship sides facing either Guinness Pro 14 reserve teams or shuffled versions of their regular Championship rivals. It’s a quiet week as far as the Americas are concerned with only ...

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Pro D2 – Week 16 Preview

The French Pro D2 stepped into the second half of the season on Thursday with an incredible 15 games of the regular season already on the books. Montauban remain slightly ahead but there are now three clubs within two points after Perpignan’s win at Bayonne on Thursday evening. It wasn’t ...

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Major League Rugby posts jersey tease

On Thursday a series of posts on Major League Rugby’s social media channels teased the imminent reveal of the team kits for the inaugural 2018 season. Closeup shots of the Seattle Seawolves, Austin Elite, and San Diego Legion jerseys were posted followed by a group promotional shot that shows a ...

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Jackson Kaka confirmed for Utah Warriors

Jackson Kaka is now officially a member of the Utah Warriors. The Major League Rugby franchise confirmed on Wednesday that the 25-year-old loose forward would be joining the team for the 2018 season. It’s a move that will not invite much surprise given Kaka’s association both with BYU and Rugby ...

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Team of the Week

One of the more enjoyable teams to choose this year came after a fine week for Americas players in Europe. Nearly all of them made positive contributions and a few came away with Man of the Match or Dream Team selections. Players from the European competitions, the Pro D2, Spain’s ...

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Brazil Rugby wins national sports award

The Brazilian Rugby Confederation (CBRu) has won the prestigious Sou do Esporte Award for a third consecutive year. More than 30 national Olympic sporting bodies are considered for the award, which is given by the independent Sou de Sports group to the management team that displays excellent in transparency, equity, ...

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Capó Ortega set to re-sign with Castres

Rodrigo Capó Ortega is set to continue his professional career for at least one more season. Castres Olympique manager Christophe Urios is determined to retain his club captain with multiple French sources expecting Capó Ortega, who celebrated his 37th birthday last week, to extend his deal in the coming days. ...

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Bjarke Ingels Group reveals Stadium plans for Austin

Architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has revealed plans for an impressive new sports and entertainment complex in Austin, Texas. According to BIG, the ‘East Austin District’ will incorporate 1.3 million square feet of green space, retail stores, and entertainment venues under an enormous solar array with the intention of ...

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Referees confirmed for Americas 2 Qualifiers

World Rugby has confirmed the referees for the Americas 2 Rugby World Cup Qualifying series between Canada and Uruguay. Ireland’s Andrew Brace will take charge of the first match, to take place on January 27 at Vancouver’s BC Place. The second, at the Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo on February 3, ...

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Best of the Rest

It’s another edition of some of our choice picks from elsewhere in the cyber-world. Most of the articles touch on topics related to the Americas but not all. In this installment there are pieces on Major League Rugby, contract negotiations, player development, mental illness, life as a professional, Argentina’s woes, ...

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Canada draws USA for Sydney Sevens

Canada performed well enough at the Cape Town Sevens to enter Sydney as the top seeds in their pool but it’s fair to say the draw has not been kind. Joining them in arguably the toughest bracket of the tournament, Pool D, are North American rivals USA, 6th-ranked Australia, and ...

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MacGinty kicks Sale Sharks past Cardiff Blues

AJ MacGinty kicked 14 points as Sale Sharks shut out Cardiff Blues 24-0 at AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday. The USA flyhalf was in fine form with the boot, landing four penalty goals and one conversion despite the adverse weather conditions. His final conversion attempt drifted just wide of the ...

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Utah Warriors sign football standout Pio Vatuvei

The Utah Warriors have signed former Louisville Cardinals defensive lineman Pio Vatuvei for the 2018 Major League Rugby season. A native of Hayward, California, the 23-year-old played football for the Washington Huskies before transferring to Louisville, where he also played rugby in 2016. Vatuvei was given a tryout with the ...

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