Team USA’s boys finished the Youth Olympic Games 1-4, in second-to-last place, and winless in the pool rounds. Their only win came against Japan after all hope of medaling, in other words finishing in the top half of a six-team event, were gone.
The girls went 1-2-1 in the pool rounds, scooping up their only win against in-over-its-head-Tunisia. The Americans ended up with a better point... Read More
Team USA took on Canada in their second match of the Youth Olympic Games and lost by a score of 19-14. The Americans were put on their heels from the opening kickoff, absorbing a vicious Canadian attack.
Canadian flyhalf H. Darling, who has been playing phenomenal throughout the tournament, started the scoring off for Canada two minutes into the game. Canada converted to take a 7-0 lead. The... Read More
The Americans started strong in their opening match at the Youth Olympic Games against Kenya, but ultimately fell 22-12. Just a minute into the game USA prop Hanco Germishuys bullied over several opposing players. Germishuys' run sucked in several Kenyan defenders, which prompted USA to swing the ball wide to Jojo Tikoisuva, who ran 20 meters down the sideline for the try. Cian Barry converted... Read More
Team USA opened their Youth Olympic Games campaign with a 12-12 tie against Spain. The Americans initiated the attack in the opening minutes, stealing a scrum located on the right side of the field. The backline swiftly swung the ball through the hands out to Michel Navarro, who scampered in for the first try of the match. Richelle Stephens converted, giving Team USA a 7-0 lead.
Shortly after,... Read More
While many in the American rugby community and those watching from outside the borders continue to be intrigued by male crossover athletes taking up 7s, like Carlin Isles and the prospects of an Ahman Green (he’ll never suit up for the Eagles, by the way), women's head coach Ric Suggitt is stockpiling real-deal crossovers on the women’s team.
Perhaps the most famous name to flirt with rugby was... Read More
Men's Health magazine recently ranked the '50 Fittest Male Athletes in the World', and Carlin Isles came in at No. 15. He was the only rugby player on the list. He came in ahead of the likes of Adrian Peterson, JJ Watt and Colin Kaepernick of the NFL, Tim Howard of World Cup fame, Jamaican sprinter Carlin Isles, Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Olympic wonder Michael Phelps. Cristiano Ronaldo came in... Read More
The boy’s team heading to Nanjing to represent the United States in the Youth Olympics later this month is gathering at Stanford University for the next several days before making the flight to China. For head coach Ben Gollings, it will be his first opportunity to meet his charges in person.
He and assistant coach Salty Thompson, who recently returned from Argentina as head coach of the High... Read More
The New Zealand Rugby Union is setting aside $2 million to bring in 15s stars for the 2016 Olympic run, according to a report from the New Zealand Herald. Sonny Bill Williams, Cory Jane and Liam Messam are some of the names being bandied about, and if the NZRU is going to ask these players to miss out on their Super Rugby contracts for the 2016 season, they’re going to have to pay them.
This is... Read More
All-time IRB 7s World Series points leader Ben Gollings has been tabbed the head coach of the boys team to compete at the Youth Olympics Aug. 17-20 in Nanjig, China. He'll be assisted by Salty Thompson, currently the head man of the High School All American program and formerly of the Junior All Americans (U20s).
USA Rugby announced it would enter a boys team and a girls team in the Games in... Read More
The qualification process for the 2016
Olympic Games has been confirmed.
The host nation, Brazil, receives automatic bids in both the men’s and
women’s competitions, while core members of the men's and women's IRB 7s
World Series will essentially have three chances to qualify – finish in the
top four of the 2014/2015 World Series, win a regional qualifier, or win
the... Read More