St. Mary’s won its second 7s tournament in
as many tries this fall, defeating San Diego State 38-17 Sunday in the
final of California 7s. The win earns the Gaels and automatic bid to the
inaugural USA Rugby national championship Dec. 16-17 in College Station,
St. Mary’s beat rival Cal 26-17 in its
first game of day two, having gone 2-1 in pool play. The Gaels led 19-0 at... Read More
The USA garnered the Bronze Medal at the 2011 Pan American Games Sunday in
Guadalajara, Mexico after edging Uruguay 21-17 in thrilling fashion.
The young USA team, the youngest at the tournament, continued to struggled
with small mistakes, and a tough-minded Uruguayan team kept the result in
doubt all the way.
The Eagles began the game pinning Uruguay deep in their end, and for a... Read More
Uruguay in the Bronze Medal Game will be a tough proposition warned USA
Head Coach Al Caravelli.
"We are improving every game," said Caravelli. "I told the guys we made a
big improvement from yesterday, and we need to continue to play in the
moment. We want to build from this last game. Uruguay is a really tough
opponent. They did a great job against Argentina. They will try to... Read More
Canada scored on the final play of the game to win the Pan-Am Games Rugby
7s semifinal in Guadalajara, Mexico, denying an improving USA from a shot
at the gold medal.
The USA played a very good game, but were plagued by poorly-times turnovers
that scuttled what could have been an impressive victory.
USA Head Coach Al Caravelli started Zack Test and Roland Suniula for the
first... Read More
Imperfect, the USA is into the semifinals of the Pan-Am Games where they
will play Canada.
Eagles defeated Guyana 24-12, but Guyana benefitted from a little bit of
luck to make it that close. Still the USA made some frustrating mistakes –
committing penalties when they didn’t need to, and not punishing some
The USA wanted to retain the kickoffs in this... Read More
The California Collegiate 7s proved to be all kinds of surprising, as both
favored teams faltered in pool play.
Cal lost to both Cal Poly and San Diego State, capturing only a 38-0 win
over Loyola Marymount to go 1-2.
Cal Poly and San Diego State played in a tight battle, which the Mustangs
won 19-17. That gave Cal Poly 1st in the standings in Pool
In Pool A, St. Mary’s... Read More
Canada defeated the USA 29-21 Saturday in Guadalajara to win Pool B of the
Pan-Am Games Rugby 7s competition, but the USA has plenty to feel positive
about coming out of a game where, considering the previous scores of the
day, they might have expected a bit of a drubbing.
In fact, the Eagles led 14-10 at halftime, and showed better defense... Read More
Brazil scored on the final play of the game in Pan-Am Games pool play and
hit the conversion to secure a 19-19 tie with the USA.
It was a game where Brazil showcased excellent athleticism, and did well to
neutralize the USA's defensive strategy.
Eagles wanted to tackle high, tie up the ball, and force a turnover. It
didn't work. The Brazilians worked very hard to push those... Read More
The USA men's 7s team won their opening match in the Pan-Am Games, and
while it was clear the Eagles were the better side than Chile, it was also
clear they have a little work to do to get into mid-season form.
Chile was very physical and repeatedly caused the USA problems in the
breakdown. They ran one-offs from the rucks and counter-rucked... Read More
The USA team is set to start their Pan-Am Games campaign on a sunny and
warm Guadalajara morning.
They will christen Estadio Tlaquepaque, the first purpose-built rugby
stadium in Mexico.
Pan-Am Rugby press liaison Gabriele Nanni said he is excited to see the
stadium in use.
"This will be a tremendous tournament, but also... Read More