American lock Samu Manoa starts once more for the Northampton Saints as
they clash with Sale Friday.
Manoa got some praise from teammate Christian Day this week, as the fellow
second row forward told the BBC that the American import has been a
"He arrived to fill Courtney Lawes' shirt as an explosive, dynamic second
row and he's more than done that,” said Day. "He's... Read More
In 2008 American rugby coach Tim Lewis won his first New Zealand
premier club championship in the Bay of Plenty with Tauranga Sports,
and this year, as American fans swarm through New Zealand during the World
Cup, he has won another.
Lewis helped coach the Napier Pirates during their 125th anniversary year,
and was part of the staff that led them to the final of the Bay Premier... Read More
NELSON, NZ - Italy coach Nick Mallett was relieved to see his side sweep
past Russia 53-17 to leave them on course for a Pool C showdown with
Azzurri ran in nine tries, including two apiece for Tommaso Benvenuti and
Giulio Toniolatti, to secure a bonus point in a pool thrown wide open by
Australia’s defeat against the Irish.
"This was a nervous game for us... Read More
Australia isn’t taking the USA likely, especially now as they are right in
the middle of a physical World Cup, and have lost to Ireland.
Coaching coordinator David Nucifora said the video analysis of the Ireland
came wasn’t pleasant.
not pretty viewing,” Nucifora said. “It's not the most enjoyable part of
the job for the players or the coaches to review those sorts of... Read More
With less than a month to go before the Pan-Am Games being, reports are
that several new venues are not ready.
The Guadalajara Reporter reports that the new athletics stadium is only 85
percent complete, and venues for handball, karate, Basque pelota, rowing,
canoeing and rugby are all incomplete.
The deadline for the athletics stadium is very tight, as the opening
ceremonies... Read More
USA team drove in to New Plymouth last week, and on the bus ride in a group
of schoolchildren gathered by the roadside, waving USA flags.
“That blew a lot of guys away," said USA Coach Eddie O'Sullivan. "We didn’t
even get to stop at that school, but it really was extraordinary that this
school took the time to come out of class and wait for the bus to pass. For
me, that was... Read More
Several members of the USA Men's National Team stopped in at the Real NZ
Festival to plant some native New Zealand trees.
The event is part of a long-term effort by the New Plymouth Council to
remake the city into one that embraces its impressive and dynamic
The Eagles arrived at the Te Rewa Rewa reserve, which features several... Read More
So much expectation had been heaped on the Russian team, the pain of losing
was difficult to contain for some.
Being a good Russian, flyhalf Yury Kushnarev expressed his sorrow with a
“We are very, very disappointed,” he said, smiling a little. “It was not a
perfect game for us. USA play well on defense and we make a few... Read More
The USA v Russia match is set to kick off. It’s wet, windy and cold, but
the competition and the atmosphere are heating up.
Fans are dressed as Russian woodsmen, astronauts, and Uncle Sam; people in
Russian folk dress, stars and stripes bunny ears and Mohawks. This is one
of the best atmospheres this reporter has seen for a USA match.
The USA have had to turn around from one World Cup match to another in four
days, and Canada will have to do it now.
It’s something that all lower-tier teams have to deal with, but that
doesn’t mean they have to like it.
USA Captain Todd Clever certainly made it clear in his body language that
he didn’t like it. With his words, he was careful.
“It hasn’t been ideal,” Clever... Read More