World Cup certainly starts now. USA Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan has picked
basically his best available team to face Russia Saturday.
And Russia, of course, is in the USA’s pool in the World Cup. For the USA
to play poorly in this match would only embolden an enemy they face again
on a bigger stage in September. The Eagles aren’t completely full strength;
key pros such as Taku... Read More
common a word as “scrum” in assessing the prospects for the USA team in any
international, is the word “goalkicking.”
True, some would say that’s two words, but here in America we like to make
one word out of things like kickoffs, lineouts, and goalkickers.
For the Eagles, their goalkicker Nese Malifa knows there’s a lot of
pressure on him, especially as Russia flyhalf Yury... Read More
captain Todd Clever said the disappointment felt throughout the squad after
a poor showing against Tonga has to be put aside in order for the team to
work toward getting better.
“I think things are finally coming together,” he said, after having some
time to put the game in perspective. “We came to a conclusion between the
players and the staff on how we are going to get... Read More
Rugby is expected to announce its All Americans as early as this afternoon,
and possibly tomorrow.
The All Americans list will be, as usual, a recognition of the top (men’s)
college players in the country. Then after that All American Head Coach
Alex Magleby, along with Age Grade Director Matt Sherman, are expected to
announce a playing squad that will host New Zealand... Read More
a lot on Nese Malifa’s shoulders these days. The flyhalf is just about the
only choice right now for the USA rugby team’s #10 jersey, and will have a
lot of work to do to bring the backline together and ensure the Eagles get
some more points on the scoreboard.
Coming off the Eagles’ 44-13 loss to Tonga, Malifa said the backs are
“It was a tough... Read More
USA Women's 7s Head Coach Ric Suggitt talks with RUGBYMag.com Editor Alex
Goff about the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championships, athlete development,
and the team's plans for the rest of 2011.Click here to listen or right-click to
Photos Ian Muir
It’s been a rare afternoon that the USA has lost quite so badly to a team
next to it in the rankings. And while the 44-13 Tonga win over the Eagles
was inflated by two soft tries at the end, part of the job is, of course,
not to give up soft tries.
The job is also to play together on defense, be aware of your... Read More
Photos Ian Muir
Unable to get the ball, keep the ball, or prevent outside backs from
penetrating on a regular basis, the USA put in an overall poor performance
in losing 44-13 to Tonga Wednesday afternoon at the Esher RFC in Surrey,
The loss means the Eagles are 0-2 in their Churchill Cup pool, and they
didn... Read More
Tonga lead the USA 13-10 at halftime of their 2011 Churchill Cup match. For
much of the half the USA played quite poorly, and were unable to get or
retain much possession.
Flyhalf Kurt Morath kicked an early penalty for Tonga but missed two
others. Nese Malifa also missed a penalty kick for the USA.
The USA gave up a ton of silly penalties and were burned for one, was wing
Viliami... Read More
ever start a board game, make a lousy dice throw on the first roll and say:
“that was just for practice” ?
Would that we could do that a lot in life. Perhaps, though, it would be a
good idea for the USA Men’s National Team to call for a do-over. They got
hammered by the England Saxons on Saturday. It was not really even close.
Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan was trying out... Read More