The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy players have essentially come out of nowhere to form a team. Few have enjoyed much press, even in these pages, and that’s because they are young and learning.
The Durham school out of Britain defeated the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy NY team 54-20 Wednesday night.
After the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy U17s hammered the British Columbia U17s 58-17 Wednesday and look for a repeat performance at the campus UBC on Saturday.
Or maybe better than a repeat. Players and coaches quickly pointed to things they’d like to do better.
The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy U16s defeated the British Columbia U16s 40-17 Wednesday in Vancouver.
The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy U17s took it to the British Columbia U17s Wednesday in Vancouver, beating the host provincial team 58-17 on the campus of the University of British Columbia.
While the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy U16s are getting an early foray into high performance touring, the U17s are already old hands.
Head Coach Brendan Keane took a large chunk of the U17s to British Columbia last year, and they swept the BC U16s in two games. So they are relatively seasoned coming into this week.
The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy New York will face the touring Durdham HS team from England this coming Wednesday.
The games are late in the day, with the JVs playing at 8pm and the 1st teams playing afterward.
The EIRA NY Varsity lineup is as follows:
Front Row: Alex Pasa, Pelham HS
Peter Reyes, Xavier HS
Riley Burke, Pelham HS
Justin Djuve, Rye HS
Eagle Impact Rugby Academy U16 Coach Jon Banarhall has an important job, but it’s one he relishes.
With Banarhall being the development coach at West Point, he’s used to bring talented player along and peppering them for higher levels. This is why the EIRA U16 team, which is in Vancouver preparing to play the British Columbia U16s on Wednesday, exists.
The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy U17s have been named for their tour of British Columbia.
The U17s will face the British Columbia U17s on the campus of the University of British Columbia on Wednesday, July 13, and then against on Saturday, July 16.
The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy U16 team slated to tour British Columbia next week has been named.
The team includes players from 12 different states, as well as England. Among the players of note: Tyren Al-Jiboori is the third Al-Jiboori brother to play for a major touring select side. All three - Michael, Malon, and now Tyren - got their start at Union HS in Oklahoma.
One of the best questions to ask any coach of a select side is - what players from lesser-known teams are playing well?