NEW YORK, NY – Today’s article can be described as quick and clean. The final round of Super Rugby and the Elgon Cup was pretty much it on a relatively quiet weekend, but we have the latest transfer news/rumors and USA Rugby updates. Let’s get to the Weekend Rugby Recap:
RWC 2015 Qualification: The first round of repechage to qualify for The Rugby World Cup 2015 in England has been scheduled. The winner take all match between Zimbabwe and Russia will take place in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on August 2nd. It will will be refereed by Nigel Owens of Wales with fellow countrymen Sean Brickell and Wayne Davies appointed as assistant referees.
Elgon Cup: The Elgon Cup is held annually and contested between the rugby teams of Kenya and Uganda. The competition and the cups are named after Mount Elgon, a mountain on the border of the two countries. The men’s and women’s teams of these countries compete for their respective Cups on a Home-and-Away basis. This year, the U-19 boys teams of each country has been added into the mix. With the first leg played in Uganda, only the Kenyan Ladies, the Lionesses, walked away with a victory. The Uganda boys outlasted the Kenya boys, and Kenya’s A side came up short against Uganda.
Transactions: According to Blues coach and RWU friend Sir John Kirwan, AIG All Blacks center Ma’a Nonu has an out-clause in his contract with the franchise. With Mark Hammett no longer the head coach at the Hurricanes, it could see him return to his hometown club and franchise of Wellington…. Mr. Wall will be pleased.
USA Rugby News and Updates: According to a USA Rugby Press Release, the first Men’s Eagles High Performance Sevens camp of the 2014-15 season has been announced, with an athletic group set to join the contracted Eagles squad at the Olympic Training Center Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20. The 29 players selected HERE will join the list of contracted Eagles HERE. Questions still have to be asked of National Development Director, Alex Magleby, though. For instance, are they looking for crossover athletes with barely a year’s experience in the game over the likes of established Miles Craigwell and precocious young talent Kyle Granby? Are we looking for lightening in a bottle, in the likes of say, another Carlin Isles? Also, we do not see Nate Augsperger‘s name on either list, unless there was some information not released. What’s his status?
USA Rugby is now accepting applications for the Liaison Officer role for the upcoming USA Eagles match against the New Zealand All Blacks in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 1… For information regarding the Liaison Officer’s duties, application and other application prerequisites, CLICK HERE.
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