US Eagles RWC places at stake

Motivated by the possibility of representing the United States at the Rugby World Cup in September, the country’s top players will look to impress on Saturday in the second week of the USA Rugby Super League competition.

As the 18 Super League teams vie for the post-season and a shot at the country’s top rugby prize – the Super League championship – National Team coaches will be on the watch for break-out performances.

Thirty-five Super League players were selected recently to the two North America 4 squads which will do battle with two Canadian squads in July, from which national coaches are likely to choose the bulk of the World Cup squad. They’ll also be keeping an eye on Super League matches this weekend for talent that was previously overlooked.

Super League coaches, meanwhile, will be worried about gaining points toward the play-offs in May.

Last year’s finalists, Southern California powerhouses Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (San Diego) and Belmont Shore (Long Beach) both come off convincing victories last weekend but are likely to be truly tested on Saturday.

OMBAC face San Francisco Golden Gate, who got two tries from former Cal football star Shaun Paga last weekend but were edged-out by the Denver Barbarians in the final seconds.

Belmont, meanwhile, travel to Colorado to take on the battle-proven Barbarians and their new head coach, former National Team captain Dave Hodges.

With ice storms causing four East Coast matches to be postponed last weekend, Saturday will be the first outing for eight teams. One of those squads, Philadelphia-Whitemarsh, travel to Chicago to take on a Lions team that put 40 points on the board in a win over the Dallas Harlequins last week.

The Harlequins travel to the nation’s capital, where Washington RFC host for the first time at their new stadium venue within Rosecroft Raceway.

Another intriguing East Coast match-up will see 2005 Super League champions New York Athletic Club taking on league newcomers Boston Irish Wolfhounds – two-time Division I champions before their promotion to the Super League.

USA Rugby Super League Fixtures for Saturday March 24
All times are local

Boston v Old Blue New York – Scituate High School, 19:00
Boston Irish Wolfhounds v NY Athletic Club – Venue and kick-off tbc
Charlotte v Potomac Athletic Club – Skillbeck Athletic Ground, 14:30
Chicago Lions v Philadelphia-Whitemarsh – Glendale Heights Civic Centre, 13:00
Denver Barbarians v Belmont Shore – Shea Stadium, 15:00
Old Mission Beach Athletic Club v San Francisco Golden Gate – Little Q Rugby Field, 15:00
Old Puget Sound Beach v Santa Monica – Marymoor Park, 13:00
St. Louis Bombers v Chicago Griffins – Sportport Soccer Complex, 15:00
Washington v Dallas Harlequins – Rosecroft Raceway, 12:30


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