This could be a good things for the Eagles, as they have struggled to avoid
penalties when it comes to the hit of the old scrum. The new variations call
for props to bind onto their opposite before the engagement - a variation
that harkens back to the older days of rugby, and one that makes for a more
stable start to the scrum.
In addition, the push doesn't happen until the ball is put in. This... Read More
Twenty-two players are in the assembly, while four more are expected on
Friday, and the remaining overseas props arrive Saturday or Sunday.
That will expand the group to 31, and therefore
Head Coach Mike Tolkin will need to whittle the group down to 26 by
The players have been going through a series of basic sessions, showing all
the national team approach to attack and defense. A few... Read More
Hawkins was in discussions with USA Rugby CEO
Nigel Melville during the late spring regarding the job, and initially
intended to give up playing in order to be coach.
But over the last couple of months, discussions have included the prospect of
him continuing to play.
"As I've said previously, I will do whatever the program needs," said
Hawkins, who is 30 and sits behind only Shalom Suniula as... Read More
As always happens, a few players are dealing with injuries, while we should
also see some of the players who were out with injury or suspension (Roland
Suniula, Mate Moeakiola) come back.
Tolkin has been looking at some of the USA 7s team players, and
one of the guys he's mentioned previously is Folau Niua. The Californian
flyhalf could provide cover at #10, whihc remains a position where the USA... Read More
Belmont Shore, Old Mission beach Athletic Club, San Francisco Golden Gate,
Olympic Club and Santa Monica are discussing, and apparently close to,
creating a West Coast 15s championship independent of USA Rugby’s DI or
The plan is to begin play January 2014, play a home-and-away schedule
culminating in a playoff or championship game at the end of April or
beginning of... Read More
According to reliable reports, Matt Hawkins has the job, and is
working with the team now, and Dave Williams had moved into a manager
Hawkins, 30, was the team captain this past season. It's unclear whether he
will continue to play.
But Canada won the series. Why? Because that
one good half for Canada was a really, really bad one for the USA,
resulting in a 24-0 halftime lead for the boys in red that the Eagles could
not overcome. That game featured weird turnovers becoming tries, a red card
for Paul Emerick (that he probably would like to forget) and even a botched
presentation of the National Anthem (for which... Read More
USA Rugby’s head of their national 7s refereeing program, Pat McNally, has
been tapped for a singular honor worldwide.
McNally is one of two
men to be hired by the International Rugby Board as a Sevens Referee
Selector. He joins New Zealander Vinny Munro in that position. Both men
will work closely with IRB Sevens Referee Manager Paddy O’Brien in
evaluating referees on the... Read More
And that's just what they are, rumors. We have no confirmation on most of
the short list, but we have enough multiple sources that we feel confident
putting the list out for our subscribers:
These are, as far as we know, the individuals who interviewed for the job
with USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville:
Waisale Serevi. The head of Serevi Rugby and the all-time greatest 7s
player is... Read More
USA fullback Blaine Scully is on his way to the UK to join the Leicester
Tigers in a trial.
taking part in an extended trial with the storied English club, and as a
result will, with permission from the Eagles, arrive in USA camp a couple
of days late.
Scully, 25, has started at fullback for the USA seven times, and has four
other caps as a sub. He has also played... Read More