After the final whistle went in the USA’s hard-bitten 13-6 win over Russia
last Thursday, Eagle players threw their arms in the air, some jumped on
each other. Lock John van der Giessen, who had put in as much physical
effort as anyone, dropped to the ground, and stayed there, staring at the
The whistle... Read More
In 2008 American rugby coach Tim Lewis won his first New Zealand
premier club championship in the Bay of Plenty with Tauranga Sports,
and this year, as American fans swarm through New Zealand during the World
Cup, he has won another.
Lewis helped coach the Napier Pirates during their 125th anniversary year,
and was part of the staff that led them to the final of the Bay Premier... Read More
NELSON, NZ - Italy coach Nick Mallett was relieved to see his side sweep
past Russia 53-17 to leave them on course for a Pool C showdown with
Azzurri ran in nine tries, including two apiece for Tommaso Benvenuti and
Giulio Toniolatti, to secure a bonus point in a pool thrown wide open by
Australia’s defeat against the Irish.
"This was a nervous game for us... Read More
Australia isn’t taking the USA likely, especially now as they are right in
the middle of a physical World Cup, and have lost to Ireland.
Coaching coordinator David Nucifora said the video analysis of the Ireland
came wasn’t pleasant.
not pretty viewing,” Nucifora said. “It's not the most enjoyable part of
the job for the players or the coaches to review those sorts of... Read More
Was it really 11 years ago?
It sometimes seems like Mike MacDonald only just got started playing
international rugby. As it is, the former Cal All American prop is in his
third World Cup, and looking at garnering his 65th cap Friday in
Wellington against Australia.
The selections are by no means assured, but certainly we expect to see Big
Mac again... Read More
USA team drove in to New Plymouth last week, and on the bus ride in a group
of schoolchildren gathered by the roadside, waving USA flags.
“That blew a lot of guys away," said USA Coach Eddie O'Sullivan. "We didn’t
even get to stop at that school, but it really was extraordinary that this
school took the time to come out of class and wait for the bus to pass. For
me, that was... Read More
Several members of the USA Men's National Team stopped in at the Real NZ
Festival to plant some native New Zealand trees.
The event is part of a long-term effort by the New Plymouth Council to
remake the city into one that embraces its impressive and dynamic
The Eagles arrived at the Te Rewa Rewa reserve, which features several... Read More
It’s a mistake to think that because Ireland beat Australia 15-6 on
Saturday, and the USA lost to Ireland 20-10, that the Eagles should be
within a point of the Wallabies on September 23.
Certainly no one would assume that’s going to happen.
… two things do come out of that game that the Eagles could possibly learn
1. Ireland defense is pretty darned great. So the... Read More
at the right time can make all the difference.
“It feels amazing to win,” said USA No. 8 Nic Johnson, who was one of an
entire pack that put in some great effort this past week. Some of those
players played 160 minutes. Johnson did not, giving way to Scott LaValla
late. “They pulled the plug but that’s fine; I gave it everything I had. We
were definitely psyched up for it... Read More
So much expectation had been heaped on the Russian team, the pain of losing
was difficult to contain for some.
Being a good Russian, flyhalf Yury Kushnarev expressed his sorrow with a
“We are very, very disappointed,” he said, smiling a little. “It was not a
perfect game for us. USA play well on defense and we make a few... Read More