Alex Goff looks at Samoa's surprising win
over Australia July 17 and wonders whether other Tier II nations can
learn from it.
I wonder if we might perhaps look back on
July 17, 2011 as a watershed day in the sport of rugby.
No doubt I could be overreacting (who,
me?) but it’s possible.
On that day, Samoa defeated... Read More
year ago we were very concerned about the state of club 7s, because, it
seemed, we were stretching to get 16 teams who really wanted to be at the
national tournament. Now? I count as many as 40 teams who seem to have the
desire and the ability to perform well at the national championships.
That’s a remarkable improvement.
The reasons for this improvement are myriad, but... Read More
Nese Malifa is 100% the first-choice, as he has been for the last 14
months. His backup is … still not confirmed. However Troy Hall, Tai Enosa
and Roland Suniula are all in the Eagle squad to take on Canada.
Enosa has emerged as more of a catch-all talent – someone who can slot in
at wing, fullback, outside center, flyhalf or even scrumhalf. His try
against Russia showed he can... Read More
the former USA U19 captain and whose mother is American, has spent the last
several years moving his way up the pro ranks in New Zealand, and the last
two seasons has been a starting wing and fullback for the Otago
Highlanders. However he was unable to finish the Super 15 season because of
a torn pectoral muscle.
The 24-year-old has been working hard to stay fit and... Read More
that was interesting. Old Puget Sound got the #1 rating all summer because
they were the defending champs, looked better than last year, and kept
But maybe we overestimated the strength of the (often Canadian) teams OPSB
was crushing. And maybe we underestimated how tough the somewhat informal
tournaments in Northern California and Utah have been... Read More
The USA All Americans program is expected to name its 7s team to compete in
the 2011 National All-Star Championships in the next few days.
Head Coach Alex Magleby, who was captain of the USA 7s team before he
retired to coach, and who also coached Dartmouth to the CRC championship,
has worked closely with USA 7s team coach Al Caravelli to identify players
with 7s potential... Read More
Marymount player Zach Fenoglio was something of a revelation, playing some
impressive defense, working hard in the rucks, and being fairly steadfast
in the set piece.
Being one of the very few DI players who made the All American touring
squad, Fenoglio had some work to do to get up to speed, but he embraced the
“Being on the junior national team I had... Read More
the Northwest, Old Puget Sound won the 4th of July 7s at Fort
Lewis, and then the Can-Ams 7s against some top Canadian competition. Hard
to argue that they should drop out of #1.
SFGG won their own tournament, and also looked good this past weekend in
the Palo Alto 7s Series. Several other clubs in Northern have emerged as
possible Pacific Coast title contenders: Sacramento... Read More
That often translates into the same problems on the field: mistakes that
lead to opposition scores, and failure to translate pressure into points.
For the USA Collegiate All Americans on Saturday, everything was switched
around. It was the New Zealand Universities team that made the mistakes,
and the Americans the team to punish them for it. And when the All
Americans had scoring... Read More