England Saxons team may be a young one, but they will still be a challenge
to the USA in Saturday’s opening match in the Churchill Cup.
And of all the challenges, the biggest one is the scrum. The USA has a new
scrum coach in Fiore Screnci and everyone working in the front row knows
that pack-down time will be important.
“Anytime you get a new scrum coach you get some new... Read More
USA U20s showed they can score from pretty much anywhere during their
five-try loss against Russia Saturday.
But their problem was, they had to score from anywhere. Russia played most
of the game in the USA end, and that, in the end, was the difference. Both
teams scored five tries and converted four. Russia got two more penalty
kicks that the Eagles because of that pressure... Read More
The USA 7s team ended their HSBC Sevens World Series campaign with a
discouraging eight-game losing streak, finishing the streak off Sunday in
Edinburgh with two close losses.
The Eagles were taken down 17-15 by Kenya in the Bowl Quarterfinals, in a
game where they finally, at least, took an early lead.... Read More
The USA finished Day One at the Edinburgh 7s 0-3, after losing 45-7 to
They will take on Kenya Sunday in the Bowl Quarterfinals.
Zack Test did not play at all Saturday as he deals with an injury. Nese
Malifa accounted for all of the USA's points with a try at the end of the
This has been a tough final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series for the
USA, as... Read More
For the second time Saturday, the Americans
pushed a favored Pacific Island side to the brink, but fell short in the
upset bid, losing 21-14 to Fiji. Livai Ikanikoda opened the scoring for
Fiji in the first minute with a converted try. Justin Boyd leveled things
with his own a couple minutes later, and Nese Malifa converted.
Fiji was able to take a lead into intermission with a... Read More
The USA played a very competitive first half in
their Edinburgh 7s opener, doing a good job of turning Samoa over on their
first possession, but they promptly kicked it back to the defending World
Series champs, who scored immediately, punishing the puzzling decision to
give them more possession.
The Eagles reined in the ensuing kickoff, and Paul Emerick slices through
the first... Read More
USA U20 Head Coach Scott Lawrence has made three changes to his team's
starting lineup to play Russia Saturday in the Junior World Rugby Trophy in
Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia (webcast at www.irb.com/jwrt/ at 8am
All of the changes are in the forwards, where Lawrence brings in
prop OJ Auimatagi and hooker Drew Ohmann for Chuck Koehler and
Patrick Latu. And in the back row... Read More
best scenario for the USA to remain in the Top 12 of the Sevens World
Series is for them to control their own destiny. If the Eagles were to make
the semifinals in Edinburgh, they would mathematically confirm a place in
the top 12.
Realistically, they can’t be expected to do that, as they are in a very
tough pool, and haven’t threatened to make the semis since Dubai. However... Read More
get the feeling that the USA 7s team players might feel at home in the
dreary, wet weather in Edinburgh.
After getting a long talk about taking care of the ball, not forcing
passes, and being content with taking five minutes to score a try, the
Eagles finished off their London 7s by … throwing the ball away. They
staggered out of London 1-4, and angry at themselves for losing... Read More
Casting aside the distractions of the past couple of days due to the
political demonstrations in Georgia, and the helicopters and jets flying
over their hotel, the USA U20 team is turning its attention to Russia on
Tuesday’s 48-11 loss to Samoa was frustrating and humbling for the
Americans. The Junior All Americans did have chances to score... Read More