(Photos Allan Hamilton)
Arriving in Adelaide the USA 7s team has to be frustrated. At present they
are in a sort of limbo, generally beating the teams you’d expect them to
beat, and not beating the teams you’d hope they’d beat.
What that has meant is a record over the past three tournaments of 9 wins
and 8 losses, but no IRB points, not upsets of teams like England or Samoa,
and,... Read More
USA 7s Head Coach Al Caravelli has left his day job at Hewlett-Packard.
Caravelli has done so in order to preserve his ability to coach the USA
team, and his choice follows that of many USA players, who have left or
passed up jobs that conflict with rugby.
“It’s not a sacrifice,” Caravelli said of his situation. “It’s a choice we
make. Several players have given up six-... Read More
The CRC poll is still open, but at the time this article was written, right
around 329,000 votes had been cast by fans, coaches and players for the
teams they want to see play in front of the NBC cameras in June. There were
no restrictions on how many votes could be cast by a single person, so
there are undoubtedly hundreds, if not thousands, of ballot stuffers.
Nonetheless, 329... Read More
PPL Park just outside Philadelphia will host the USA 7s Collegiate
Rugby Championships (CRC) June 4-5. With Central Washington winning the CRC
Qualifier in Las Vegas, we know know 12 of the teams set to
attend: CWU, Utah, Cal, Arizona, LSU, Penn State, Army, Navy, Notre
Dame, North Carolina, Temple, and Boston College.
But there are four places left. Who gets them? Alex Goff and... Read More
Central Washington University’s victory in the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby
Championship qualifier Friday in Las Vegas caught the eye of longtime 7s
commentator Nigel Starmer-Smith.
The legendary broadcaster watched the game as he and the broadcasting
staffs at the USA 7s used the CRC semis and final as rehearsals for the
weekend’s HSBC Sevens World Series tournament.
“I thought... Read More
Central Washington came to Las Vegas with a chip on its shoulder, and
though the more physical Kutztown tried to knock that chip back to CWU’s
campus in Ellensburg, Wash. during Friday’s CRC Qualifier final, it remains
and is now validated, as the Wildcats have earned their 15 minutes by going
7-0 over two days in the desert and downing KU 14-0 in the final.
Kutztown put... Read More
Philadelphia, Pa. – The second-ever USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship,
a Rugby Sevens World Cup-style tournament featuring 16 top-tier collegiate
rugby teams, will be held at PPL Park in Chester, PA, on both Saturday, June
4 and Sunday, June 5, 2011.
The tournament will be broadcast nationally on NBC live on both days.
Organizers and hosts officially launched the tournament Tuesday at a press... Read More
USA Men’s 7s
Head Coach Al Caravelli has some decisions to make when he convenes his next
Caravelli told the RuggaMatrix America
podcast that he used the first two tournaments of the IRB World Series to
find his starting seven players. He’s done that, and it is clear he will make
a few changes to the squad going forward.
Among the new players he might consider putting on the squad is a... Read More
Dragged somewhat down to earth the USA 7s team flies home today to
regroup for Wellington and Las Vegas in February.
Head Coach Al Caravelli wants to take his team to Durban, Australia as
preparation for those next tournaments. It seems unlikely that USA Rugby will
suddenly get a financial windfall to pay for it, and it's not in the budget
right now, so the idea remains just that, an idea.... Read More
It was an up-and-down day for the USA at the George 7s. They played
well enough to beat the defending IRB World Series champs, and then stepped
on their own feet with a series of uncharacteristic errors and missed tackles
to end up 1-2.
“We started very well against Samoa, but then hit a little lull,” USA Head
Coach Al Caravelli told RUGBYMag.com. “Then we started really well against
Fiji, made... Read More