The Eagles looked like they could have pulled away a couple times in their
Adelaide Bowl Quarterfinal against Japan, but instead they needed a heroic
try from Paul Emerick just to pull out the victory.
USA jumped out to a 10-0 lead with two Zach Test tries within the first
five minutes. Both conversions were missed. Japan sneaked in a try just
before halftime (6:58) to pull... Read More
The USA faces Japan for the 5th time in three tournaments Sunday in
Adelaide, after not playing the Japanese more than two times in the last
couple of years.
They do so after showing something of an improvement in their last two
games. They had Australia near the ropes at least before letting the game
slip away, and were fairly comfortable winners over Tonga 24-12.
The... Read More
The Eagles got off to a shaky start against Tonga, and Marco Barnard had a
particularly suspect opening few minutes, as he bounced a poor pass to Matt
Hawkins in attack that led to a turnover and committed a silly penalty
shortly thereafter. However, Tonga had an even worse start, committing
numerous penalties at the breakdown and handling errors.
Tonga had possession deep in... Read More
prepares for a rematch with Bristol - a team they beat 54-9 last weekend -
as they shoot to make the RFU Championship final in the UK.
USA prop forward Shawn Pittman scored a try in that match and continues to
develop on a club that has benefitted from the young front-rower being in
the lineup every week.
"It's going really well," Pittman told RUGBYMag.com. "I'm... Read More
- USA and Montpellier outside center Seta Tuilevuka, who joined the French
club from Las Vegas this fall, has re-signed with the club for another
season, with a mutual option for a third.
Tuilevuka told RUGBYMag.com that he is enjoying his time in the South of
France city, where he is helping Montpellier to their best Top 14 season
"Things are definitely... Read More
(Photos Allan Hamilton)
Arriving in Adelaide the USA 7s team has to be frustrated. At present they
are in a sort of limbo, generally beating the teams you’d expect them to
beat, and not beating the teams you’d hope they’d beat.
What that has meant is a record over the past three tournaments of 9 wins
and 8 losses, but no IRB points, not upsets of teams like England or Samoa,
and,... Read More
Here’s the second part of my two-part speculation on who could be on the
2011 World Cup squad. Once again we’ve got two major disclaimers: all of
this is barring injury, and there will always be someone who could show up
almost out of nowhere to push for a place. We expect that.
In the first part, we looked at the forwards, and found that there are
still some holes to fill. While... Read More
It’s less than six months to the World Cup, and for top players in the USA
this is the great event of their rugby lives.
Players will do almost anything to achieve the dream of making the
third-biggest sporting event in the world. They will quit jobs, pass up
promotions, sell their homes, pretend that nagging injury isn’t going to
become much, much worse later, and put up with a load... Read More
USA 7s Head Coach Al Caravelli has left his day job at Hewlett-Packard.
Caravelli has done so in order to preserve his ability to coach the USA
team, and his choice follows that of many USA players, who have left or
passed up jobs that conflict with rugby.
“It’s not a sacrifice,” Caravelli said of his situation. “It’s a choice we
make. Several players have given up six-... Read More
The USA 7s was
as big and beautiful an event as organizers could have hoped for. The games
were thrilling as usual, the weather cooperated, being warm but not
stifling, and no rain.
And the fans.
The fans were loud, smiling, and numerous.
Paid attendance for Sunday was 25,032. Add to Saturday’s gate of 24,877
makes a total of 49,909, just 91 short of 50,000.
The... Read More