The High School All Americans have selected their lineup to face the
Argentina U18s in the final match of the American team's four-match tour of
the Land of the Pumas.
Captain Calvin Whiting sits out with a
hamstring strain, which allows Jimmy Wolfer to slot in at flyhalf for the
first time. Head Coach Salty Thompson has made eight changes from the squad
that lost 57-9 to... Read More
Sobered somewhat by their 57-9 loss to the Argentina U18s, Salty Thompson's
High School All Americans prepare to retool for a second go-around on
"I think the guys just realized what the challenges are," said Thompson,
whose team went 1-1 against the Cordoba Academy before taking on los
Pumitas. "I think if you look at the principles of play, I think
possession-wise we... Read More
U18 team defeated the High School All Americans 57-9 Wednesday in Cordoba.
The teams will meet up again on Saturday.
HSAA flyhalf Ben Cima kicked three penalties for the tourists. The
Americans worked to impose their physical dominance, and at times they did.
But Argentina did well to play strong defense and turn the ball over.
Flyhalf Matias Ferro scored... Read More
USA Eagle Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints) and San Francisco Golden
Gate spent the whole of last week working with children ranging in age
from eight to 16 at their annual summer camp.
SFGG Club Director Bruce Thomas estimated that 45 percent of campers were
new to rugby, so that meant much of the... Read More
The High School All Americans seem to have picked up a few pointers since
their 2012 tour of South America.
The biggest improvement? The maul. The young Eagle hopefuls beat Cordoba
Academy in part because they maul superbly well, an aspect of play that
favored Uruguay and Argentina in 2012. One such maul led directly to a try,... Read More
The High School All Americans left the field against Cordoba Academy
frustrated, because they felt they could, perhaps should, have won.
“We had a lot of possession and territory in the first half, and we were
stopped just short several times,” said Head Coach Salty Thompson. “And
we’re disappointed. We gave up ten... Read More
The U17 Academy of Cordoba defeated the High School All Americans 25-18
Thursday at the Cordoba Jockey Club in the first match of the HSAA team's
four-match tour of Argentina.
Despite the intense cold, a large crowd came out to see the tourists, and
the Americans did not disappoint. They did very well at the breakdown and
spent a large portion of the game in the Cordoba half. That... Read More
The High School All Americans play their first game of their Argentina tour
on Thursday against the Cordoba Academy.
For the players this will be the first big
shot at their peers from a Tier I country.
That is the attraction for United HS star Zach Webber.
“Playing in a Tier I country will be a challenge,” Webber told
RUGBYMag.com. “When we played Chile and Uruguay we made a... Read More
Canada's U20 women rode a strong second half to beat the USA U20s 25-15 in
the first round of the Women's U20 Nations Cup in England Thursday.
The teams were tied 10-10 at halftime. The USA got a try from prop Hope
Rogers, converted by Anne Peterson, and Bizer added a penalty.
Canada... Read More
Thompson set forth a demanding fitness
regimen and put it on the players to report their results.
Regularly and frequently Thompson was in contact with players about how
they were doing, and a little honor system goes a long way, it seems.
Players were very honest, said Thompson, and if they tried to fudge the
results or make it seem as if they had done... Read More