Both Life University and Boston have lost national team members in their
midfield going into the Super League semifinals. Both have very capable
replacements ready to come back.
Life’s Paul Emerick and Boston’s Roland Suniula are now with the USA 7s
team and won’t be available for this weekend’s semifinal or, most likely,
next weekend’s final.
Life welcomed Paul Emerick to... Read More
The flyhalf question continues to be a question. Nese Malifa
is technically healthy but has to be taken care of since he is just back
from a series of injuries. That means that Coach Eddie O’Sullivan is likely
to use backups at points in the Churchill Cup and the summer. Tai
Enosa seems to have done well enough, and Volney Rouse certainly
improved his play at this position.... Read More
... those shouts of "about freakin' time" you're hearing would be about
The International Rugby Board
has inducted former Ireland and British & Irish Lions great Mike Gibson MBE
into the IRB Hall of Fame.
Former IRB Chairman and
current Rugby World Cup Limited Director Dr Syd Millar CBE presented the
commemorative cap and gold pin to Gibson at a special... Read More
Tuilevuka left this past Saturday’s game between Montpellier and Toulon
with a groin injury – an injury that still requires treatment – but told
RUGBYMag.com that the next morning he was surprised to be feeling intense
pain in his arm.
“It was so bad I couldn’t push myself out of bed,” the USA center
Tuilevuka was X-rayed and was found to have broken a bone in his wrist... Read More
For the seasoned veteran this was an interesting experience.
“The message was that this is the selection process,” Emerick told
RUGBYMag.com. “There’s no 100% free ticket on this. Everything’s geared
toward finding the right players for the World Cup, and so everyone goes
The first couple of days of camp the coaching staff gave a clear message –
be strong in the contact... Read More
Head Coach Al Caravelli is expected to name the players below, but since
several played this weekend or were in the 15s camp, it is possible one or
two might be held out due to injury. Caravelli is, of course, hoping that
He has already had some bad news, as Zach Pangelinan broke his ankle on
Tuesday and will not attend.
The rest of the group of players invited to... Read More
“We expect a certain level of competency,” Lawrence told RUGBYMag.com.
“When a player comes into camp we expect him to be able to clear out a
ruck. We’re not now going to be telling them how to tackle. We expect them
to be able to execute that, because we’ve covered it before.”
The players will get some refreshers in the pattern and some calls, but the
rest will be fine-tuning... Read More
The 7 am Yo-Yo test Thursday morning certainly let players know this was
serious business, and the vibe is a competitive one as players try to
put forth the best impression with the coaching staff.
“This is certainly a tryout, no grey area about it,” said Colin Hawley. “We
are all competing for spots.”
“I definitely felt like it’s a tryout,” said Tui Osborne, back trying to
get... Read More
Look at the Chicago Griffins Super League record and you see a 2-4 team -
not so hot.
But Head Coach Wez Parkes says the team really wasn't so bad, and in fact
the numbers kind of bear that out.
The opened their season with a 22-21 loss to defending champs NYAC. A week
later they lost 21-3 to the Chicago Lions - their one poor performance of
the year, helped along by the fact that... Read More
An alternative definition is, “extravagantly wasteful,” and one could argue
that also applies to Palefau, who has always had the door open to play for
the Eagles, but not always chosen to make himself available.
Rewind back to the spring of 2007. Mike Palefau, a 25-year-old newlywed and
first-time father, has been on the international rugby scene for two years,
made numerous 7s... Read More