Yesterday we talked about what happened in an immediate sense – who wasn’t
there, who was there, what the preparation was like.
This time, we talk about more ongoing issues endemic to the game.
Back to preparation time.
Getting a team together to play in the spring is hard on everyone. The
players are hopping between club and country. The clubs lose players, or
lose games. There... Read More
This result was described in these pages as one of the USA’s greatest results
and best performances, and that is a completely fair assessment. They did
play well. They did put away a solid team, on the road.
Since then the Eagles have gone 0-4, scoring three tries and giving up
nine, including six in their final match against Japan, a 38-20 loss.
What happened? Well a few things happened... Read More
"We are all feeling positive for the Japan game," said Wyles, who sets a
USA record with his 30th start at fullback Sunday. "Obviously we are aware
the tour so far hasn't gone as planned in terms of results but we are
massively motivated to put in a good performance. The atmosphere amongst
the group is still brilliant - everyone wants to work for each other."
The USA is 0-4
so... Read More
The critics point to the fact that Belmont Shore has won three of the last
four national club championships. Old Puget Sound Beach has also won a
title (2010), and been a major contender, as have the Denver Barbarians,
Chicago Lions (champions in 2007), Old Blue out of New York, and OMBAC.
If you judge
the best clubs by the last ten years, and measure only top four finishes,
the... Read More
Those leagues will also be taking some new names – look for the Texas
league to adopt a name like the Red River Conference. That conference will
include nine teams, as New Orleans is joining the seven DI Texas teams from
last season and the Griffins move up from DII.
Southern California, Mid-Atlantic, and the West are expected to be at least
six teams, possibly seven as the... Read More
“It’s really frustrating, especially in a game like that, it’s disappointing
because we knew we are a lot better than we played,” L’Estrange told
RUGBYMag.com. “It wasn’t so much the losing as it was the way we lost.”
L’Estrange is painfully aware that this is three games now with no tries
for the Eagles.
“Of course we’re frustrated that we’re not scoring tries... Read More
Forbes Magazine's Larry Olmsted finds out how great 7s is, and
talks about the USA 7s (last weekend in January 2014) and how much fun the
sport is, and how much fun the fans are.
Great article, and one all rugby fans should show to their non-rugby
The first two test matches of the year have produced no tries for the Eagles
(and one try for the opposition) and two close losses. Head Coach Mike Tolkin
said this week has been about making sure the USA scored tries.
“The thing about the Ireland game is, we didn’t really have anything to
build off,” said Tolkin. “... Read More
He picked Maka Unufe and Mike Palefau in place of Luke Hume and Blaine
Scully. Hume is with the USA 15s team, and was seen limping off against
Ireland anyway, while Scully is injured. So neither was dropped – more they
have issues keeping them away from the squad, and, fortunately for Magleby,
there are players available.
Palefau is an experienced player who can slot
in at almost any position. He... Read More