Three Americans could play in overseas
playoff matches over the next few days, while another will be rooting from
Hayden Smith and Chris Wyles both played in Saracens’ 16-13 win over the
Harlequins -- the club’s 11th straight victory -- in the last week of the
Aviva Premiership regular season.
Wyles will almost certainly be in the starting 15 when Saracens boots up... Read More
Hawkins stepped into camp for the USA 7s team ready to get the team moving
again, and in the mood to joke around.
Asked about how the team would start training when half the squad had just
been run through the wringer by Eddie O’Sullivan and the 15s team camp,
Hawkins deadpanned: “I don’t think it was so tough; some guys have some
bruises to prove they were in some contact,... Read More
USA team for the Churchill Cup will be named next week, and USA Head Coach
Eddie O’Sullivan is expected to give shots to some players who performed
well at the recent domestic camp.
O’Sullivan told RUGBYMag.com that he was extremely pleased with the energy
level of what was by all accounts a physically grueling assembly.
“It never ceases to amaze me – it’s an extraordinary... Read More
players who were in the USA 15s domestic camp turned immediately around to
train for 7s for the Eagles.
It’s a tough switch, and many of the players got some rest time Sunday and
Monday as they recovered from seven grueling sessions under 15s Head Coach
“We had a very physical 15s camp, and Coach Caravelli knows what the
situation is,” said Paul Emerick,... Read More
USA Domestic Camp is over after a very rigorous week.
The Camp lasted May 4-8, with May 4 being arrival day and May 8 being a
half day, but the players went almost non-stop from the 5th
through the 7th.
Saturday ended with a live scrimmage, where the players were split up into
a mix of new invitees and veterans. The scrimmage was full-contact and very
intense – a word used by... Read More
USA 15s National Team Camp at Chula Vista has been hard work.
Players had an intense fitness test early and continue to work on various
skill sets and unit tests.
“It has been demanding and fast paced but the guys have definitely stepped
up and put in the work,” said hooker Phil Thiel.
Center/wing Tui Osborne, like Thiel a player with Life University in the
Super League,... Read More
a long and oft-interrupted comeback from injury, previous USA scrumhalf
Robbie Shaw is back to full fitness and will start for Bristol in the
British & Irish Cup Final Saturday at 5:15 PM local time.
Four weeks ago he started and played the full game in Bristol’s win against
Nottingham in the championship playoff, a key event for the
scrumhalf. Bristol wanted to bring... Read More
The USA U20 team preparing to travel to Georgia for the Junior World Trophy
is an intriguing mixture of players.
They come from all walks of rugby life.
There are senior club players like Oliva Auimatagi, who was at San Diego
State but had to drop out for a year. SD State Head Coach Craig Hartley,
who is an OMBAC man, hooked Auimatagi up with the local club. What he’s
lost in... Read More
business lies ahead for the USA U20s as they prepare for the Junior World
Trophy in Georgia beginning May 24.
The Junior All Americans, face Samoa, Russia and Uruguay in the hopes of
eventually qualifying for the Junior World Championship in 2012, which
features the top 12 U20 teams in the world.
The usual challenges face the Americans, beginning with the fact that it’s... Read More
a lot of victories for USA players overseas this weekend.
In Italy, two USA No. 8s went at it (see picture) as Lou Stanfill’s
Mogliano defeated Nic Johnson’s L’Aquila 30-16. Mogliano is 7th
and L’Aquila 9th in the 10-team league. L’Aquila is not in
danger of dropping to 10th, while Mogliano kepts pace with Roma
and inched closer to Parma in the hopes of getting to the top five... Read More