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
are very few things that are more personal than college sports (just check
out the comments on RUGBYMag.com!). Now players who were rivals become
The players might be forgiven for hanging with their teammates from their
college team and not reaching out to those from other schools. Good coaches
make sure that doesn’t happen, and for All American co-captain Ryan... Read More
The squad will be a big one. O’Sullivan is expected to name around 36
players as he tries to whittle down his options and looks to evaluate the
form of pro players who were not available for the Churchill Cup.
Mike MacDonald, Hayden Smith, Chris Wyles, Takudzwa Ngwenya, and Samu Manoa
will all available for selection this time around. In addition, we could
see some more names at... Read More
There always are. Don't forget that players such as James Gillenwater, Paul
Emerick, Matt Huckaby, and Hayden Smith all emerged out of relatively
obscurity to become national team players, in large part thanks to their
performances with the All Americans.
Conversely, some highly-regarded college players have struggled at this
level. (There's also the well-known case of Kevin Swiryn... Read More
Former Mid-Atlantic RFU president Elaine Recchiuti is reportedly about to
be released from federal prison, as the remaining two-thirds of her
19-month sentence for embezzlement has been suspended.
Recchiuti and former MARFU treasurer Pat Costello both pled guilty to
misusing MARFU funds during 2005. Costello avoided jail time, having his
sentence suspended for two years. Recchiuti... Read More
The USA backline has the potential to enter the World Cup confident,
effective, and worrying to other teams.
to do that, Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan has to straighten out some
questions (specifically, how the deep three gets put together, and whether
Chris Wyles moves into the centers). He also has to see a reduction in
errors. Inside center Andrew Suniula said the errors... Read More
USA Rugby is still hot on the trail of trying to host the eight-team Junior
World Rugby Trophy, which was held this past spring in Tbilisi, Georgia.
USA Rugby wants to host the tournament because a) they want to show they
can host an international tournament; and b) so they can control the
schedule more and hold it when colleges are out-of-season.
It can be done, of course, and... Read More
teams competing in the Rugby World Cup 2011 competition will be welcomed to
New Zealand with a series of marae-based and civic events in early
Tournament organizer Rugby New Zealand 2011 today confirmed arrangements
for the Official Team Welcomes for each of the 20 participating teams at
Welcomes take place between September 1 and 8 and involve 12... Read More
Since Northern California's main 7s series is more like a group of friendly
tournaments, where cups and plates and bowls are more characteristic of the
post-tourney social, this SFGG event promises to be more competitive, and
therefore more telling.
As for this past week, most of the top teams in our initial Top 20 won
tournaments this past weekend. One was victorious in two... Read More
USA center Andrew Suniula might be playing 7s this summer, but this fall he
will leave Chicago for the quieter, slower pace of Cornwall, England.
Suniula signed with the Cornish Pirates of the RFU Championship in England
this spring and will join them this fall, most likely after the World Cup.
Suniula was scouted by the Pirates during the USA's Fall tour.
"I was able... Read More