USA prop Shawn Pittman helped vault London Welsh into first place in the
RFU Championship – England’s second-tier professional league – as the club
won 25-24 over previous co-#1s Bedford Saturday.
It all may be very fleeting as Bristol, tied with Bedford for first before
this weekend, plays Mike MacDonald, Robbie Shaw, and Leeds on Sunday.
Still a win over one of the leading... Read More
The new HSBC Sevens World Series points system is already paying off.
Teams in previously meaningless games (Shield final) now are not only
playing for pride, but points. Teams that had bad first days can salvage
something with a victory on the second day.
In previous years, once you were put into the Bowl Round (the bottom eight)
the only way to get any points was to win all... Read More
The USA gets an astoundingly tough draw for the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s in
Port Elizabeth next weekend.
With Samoa having an uncharacteristically poor tournament (they were
dropped into the Bowl Round on points difference), they get seeded lower
and join Argentina, who they tied this weekend in Dubai, the USA, and Dubai
This Pool A is clearly the Pool of Death... Read More
Former gridiron players are getting a shot at rugby at the Dubai 7s in the
Men's Veterans bracket.
Playing for the Kuwait Scorpions, Michael Brimley and Markas Morton,
who both had NFL looks with the Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins,
respectively, are now in the US Army and decided to give rugby a try.
"I've still got a lot of love for contact sport and rugby is a little... Read More
This weekend sees London Welsh in third in the RFU Championship standings,
one point behind Bedford and Bristol.
And, wouldn’t you know it, London Welsh and Bedford play each
other Saturday at Old Deer Park.
USA prop forward Shawn Pittman is expected to start for London Welsh. The
former Chuckanut U19 product now has a World Cup under his belt and is
eager to build on his debut... Read More
Former Cal captain Derek Asbun scored a try
for Oxford University as they went down 32-20 to Championship club
This was the final warmup for Oxford before
they take on Cambridge Thursday, December 8 in the Varsity Match at
Asbun was again a solid performer for Oxford,
starting at blindside flanker.
Jason Law, another former Cal player in
graduate school at Oxford, was on... Read More
won only their second game of the season in France's Pro D2, defeating Dax
Starting at lock forward was USA flanker Inaki Basauri, who has cemented a
regular place on the club in the back five of the scrum.
"Things are going good," Basauri told RUGBYMag.com. "I have have started
the last five games and played the full 80."
This weekend's start was his sixth... Read More
Friday some Americans saw action in pro leagues around Europe.
Mike MacDonald and Robbie Shaw started at loosehead prop and scrumhalf,
respectively, for Leeds in a very important RFU Championship match again
Yorkshire rivals Rotherham.
Both players played a major role in Leeds winning 25-19.
The victory put Leeds at 8-4, just three points behind Rotherham (7-4-1)
for 5th and... Read More
It was a typically busy weekend for USA players in the RFU Championship,
England's 2nd tier professional rugby competition.
Shawn Pittman started at tighthead prop for London Welsh in their difficult
18-16 win over London Scottish. (Robbie Shaw did not play.)
And Mike MacDonald came off the bench to spark Leeds to a 20-15 win over
Esher. MacDonald played tighthead, rather than his... Read More
Takudzwa Ngwenya scored a try with about 15 minutes left to ensure Biarritz
would win their Heineken Cup match against Saracens.
With the score still tight at 8-3, USA wing Ngwenya broke free for a
crucial score that put Biarritz 15-3 up against the English club, which
started USA players Chris Wyles at fullback and Hayden Smith at lock.
Saracens scored late to rescue a bonus... Read More