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who have been in pro en­vi­ron­ments. Their stan­dards are dif­fer­ent to the guys who come from (am­a­teur teams) who play rugby be­cause they en­joy it.

“You can’t com­pletely take away the fun side or ‘crush­ing beers’ mid­week.

It’s about ed­u­cat­ing a young guy about what it’s like to be a pro and tak­ing steps to get there. You can’t skip C to get to D.”

Turner’s team-mates nod sagely, par­tic­u­larly Kil­ifi, a Seat­tle na­tive. He’s seen rugby flour­ish in the North­west and is de­lighted to con­vey that his brother, a young am­a­teur who never took the game too se­ri­ously, now talks ex­cit­edly with friends about what it would be like to make the Sea­wolves ros­ter one day.

Chris Wyles says of re­cent and fu­ture Ea­gles suc­cess: “I would pin a huge ASKED ABOUT the big steps for the union long-term, Gary Gold makes clear: “They need to have a strat­egy in terms of what is go­ing to hap­pen at the bot­tom. We won’t get to see the seeds of that for another gen­er­a­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to Steve Lewis, the high-school game and col­lege game are “boom­ing”. So as any­one in a Tier One na­tion would ask, why are the col­leges not pump­ing out global su­per­stars?

“That ques­tion comes from a rugby per­son think­ing, ‘Hey, we need to cre­ate more pro­fes­sional rugby play­ers, more Ea­gles’,” says Paul Keeler, head coach of Santa Clara’s D1A men’s rugby team. He goes on: “If I was (men’s sevens coach) Jon Miller, Pres­i­dent of Pro­gram­ming at NBC Sports

“We’re bullish on the sport of rugby. We’ve grown our rugby port­fo­lio with the ad­di­tions of the Rugby World Cup, Six Na­tions and Cham­pi­ons Cup in re­cent years. Our cov­er­age of the

Rugby World Cup Sevens in

San Fran­cisco de­liv­ered the most-watched live rugby tele­cast on record on NBC (nearly 9m view­ers across the week­end).

“We’re thrilled by the ex­cite­ment sur­round­ing the sport and look for­ward to show­cas­ing un­prece­dented live cov­er­age of the Rugby World Cup in 2019.”

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