Danny Barrett earned his first start in just his second-ever appearance in the USA’s 37-29 loss to Japan Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. To match Japan’s fast-paced attack, USA coach Mike Tolkin fielded a nimbler, more athletic side, with five back row players in the starting scrum. That move put Barrett on the field at openside flanker, though he finished at No. 8.
Barrett was first... Read More
Blaine Scully had about as good a game as you can have in a loss Saturday, running in three tries in his native California in a 37-29 deafeat to Japan. With ball in hand, he proved difficult for any one Brave Blossom to bring down, and he worked hard off the ball to put himself in position to capitalize on the breaks of his teammates.
The former Cal Bear and current Leicester Tiger got his... Read More
The Eagles are 0-3 in the newly minted Pacific Nations Cup, having lost to Canada, Tonga and Japan last spring. With only two PNC games this year, the Eagles’ opportunities to get in the win column are limited.
“We’re definitely cognizant of the fact that as a team we need to step up and improve, specifically in this tournament. The first time around in this competition was not our best... Read More
Is he big enough? Can he play with the same physicality on the international level? These are the questions people asked about Seamus Kelly from the time he was a high school standout at Xavier on through his illustrious career at Cal.
With another workmanlike performance against Scotland Saturday, Kelly continues to answer with a resounding yes. Dislodging balls, decleating opponents and... Read More
Think back to June 2010. Eddie O’Sullivan was the head coach, and the Eagles were playing in the Churchill Cup. With the World Cup looming about 15 months away, and less than a couple of handfuls of tests for him to evaluate his personnel ahead of the big event, O’Sullivan mixed and matched lineups throughout the month.
That’s not what current coach Mike Tolkin is going to do in the same spot... Read More
USA head coach Mike Tolkin has pared a 50-man camp down to a 28-man traveling squad for Saturday's test against Scotland at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. There are few surprises in the selections.
Three players with recent caps were left off the traveling squad - hooker Zach Fenoglio and locks Graham Harriman and Brian Doyle. Fenoglio had been battling Coolican for the second-place spot on the... Read More