national team manager Nikolay Nerush said some strange things today in a
release to the press.
Going against standard operating procedure for most test teams, Nerush went
public about injuries on the squad. He said the Russian team’s buildup for
the World Cup has been hampered by a series of injuries.
Nerush did not name the players injured, but did say they were not in... Read More
Eddie O’Sullivan has head coached two World Cup teams in his career:
Ireland in 2003 and 2007. His third RWC squad, the Eagles, takes the pitch
in New Zealand in just over three months.
O’Sullivan has whittled his potential squad down to 50 players, 20 of whom
will not make the final roster. I have taken a look back at the positional
makeup of O’Sullivan’s first two teams to get an... Read More
All Americans coach Alex Magleby has a tough job this summer, because as
well as selecting his All Americans and getting them ready for New Zealand
Universities, he has to scout, select and train a 7s team.
While All-Collegiate 7s teams have taken the field before (Emil Signes put
a team in the 7s NASC in the late 1990s), this... Read More
Looking at the list of names who played well for the USA in the recent
Churchill Cup, or who had good moments, one of the names conspicuously
absent was that of Kevin Swiryn.
former USA 7s and St. Mary’s team captain, and professional for Agen, had
probably his worst series for the Eagles, and the wing/center told
RUGBYMag.com that he knows it.
“No need to sugarcoat it, I... Read More
We spent some time tracking the work rate of the USA team in their 32-25
win over Russia Saturday. We looked at who made and missed tackles, and who
made a solid contribution at the breakdown. From that we came up with a
number that measured a player’s work rate. It wasn’t enough to show up at a
ruck, you had to have made an... Read More
Since the announcement that there would be a
Collegiate 7s All-American squad competing in the Club 7s National All Star
Championships in Chula Vista, Calif. in August, we haven’t heard much else,
We now know the 7s AAs will assemble in Chula Vista for a camp Saturday,
August 20, six days prior to the kickoff of the 7s NASCs. The budget for
this assembly is still... Read More
of the choices for the USA lineup that raised an eyebrow or two was that of
Mike Petri at scrumhalf.
It’s not that Petri isn’t worthy; more it’s that Head Coach Eddie
O’Sullivan has been picking Tim Usasz, for the most part, in test matches.
“I wanted to give Mike a shot, to be fair,” O’Sullivan told RUGBYMag.com.
“If you look at the last few games Mike had started, they... Read More
like winning a rugby game. USA Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan saw his squad
win their first match in five games, as the Eagles defeated Russia 32-25 in
the Churchill Cup.
In a game that was in doubt all the way, with the lead hopping between
being tied or in possession of one or other team on a constant basis.
Russia led 3-0, 11-8, and 18-11. The game was tied 0-0, 3-3, 8-8... Read More
Photos Ian Muir
The USA scored four tries to win a back-and-forth match 32-25 over Russia
and claim the Bowl at the Churchill Cup Saturday in Worcester, England.
The story of the USA v Russia game was started a year ago, when the
Russians bloodied the American noses early and were only beaten late by
some good open-... Read More