At Toyota Park just outside Chicago, the New Zealand Maori All Blacks comfortably defeated the USA Eagles, 54-7. The last time the two sides met, in 2013, the Maori won 29-19.
For the USA, too much of the first 40 minutes was spent inside its defensive half. Maori coach Colin Cooper said, “We made the States play inside their half. We’re blessed with the kickers that we have. That was probably... Read More
This morning, I went to the Ireland captain’s run at Soldier Field and then walked down to the Irish team hotel. It took me a while, in part because of the swelling crowds for the Cubs rally.
During the walk, for the entirety of the walk, there seemed to be someone in Cubs gear in sight.
The last time I was in Chicago, it was on match day for USA v New Zealand. Walking down Michigan Avenue toward... Read More
With the USA Eagles match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks nearly here, it is time to take a peak at what we might expect from the New Zealand Maori. With relatively few matches, and with a squad of smart players ready to adapt to what is in front of them, it is risky to assume too much about how the match will go. Still, here is some of what we do know.
To put it briefly, they don’t... Read More
Uruguay A handled the USA Selects easily and won Sunday’s Americas Pacific Challenge match 47-15. A central factor in the match was Uruguay’s scrum, which was dominant throughout.
The match started in a promising fashion for the Selects, as they moved the ball confidently in attack in their first opportunity. They then stole a Uruguayan lineout, and Mateo Sanguinetti was sin-binned for a tip... Read More
The USA Selects outplayed Canada A in the second half and came back to win 47-37. The first half was dominated by Canada A, and well into the second half it looked to be Canada’s day.
At the 49 minute mark, Canada A was up 30-13, and the Selects had a prop in the sin bin for scrummaging infractions. However, the last 30 minutes belonged to the Selects.
The comeback effort was steered, in large... Read More
A prop being yellow carded in Montevideo? A penalty try conceded from a scrum in Montevideo?
Hmmm. Yes, there is a familiar taste in the mouth after Saturday.
The USA Selects started the Americas Pacific Challenge poorly, losing to the Fiji Warriors by 50 points. The 62-12 final seems a fair enough reflection of the difference between the two sides on the day. Given that this tournament is... Read More
This Monday, I had my first conversation with relatively new USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne. This is mostly a record of that conversation, though I find it difficult not to toss in a little commentary. The impression Payne made on me was of a man who is realistic and passionate, who understands where rugby in America is right now and where it might go.
The first thing I was curious about was Payne’s... Read More
The creation of Rugby International Marketing became public at the tail end of 2014 – USA Rugby was forming a for-profit subsidiary for which it could sell equity to outside investors and pursue commercial opportunities more aggressively. Nearly two years later, it’s time to check in on the fledgling company.
In 2015, the first chunk of equity was sold to the Rugby Football Union, USA Rugby’s... Read More
We’ve just had six days of good rugby at the Olympics. Lots of people outside the rugby community have been drawn to sevens and commented on how much fun it is to watch. There seems no doubt that this Olympic tournament was a good thing for rugby and its fans.
Still, I am working hard to feel satisfied. And it is silly that I need to do any work at all to feel satisfied with something so clearly... Read More
In Pool A in Rio, USA plays Argentina first up on Tuesday, August 9. Later on Tuesday, they face Brazil. Fiji awaits on Day Two.
The last three stops of the 2015-2016 HSBC World Series were won by Kenya, Samoa, and Scotland respectively. That shows that the men's sevens world is such that in any given tournament, there are many teams who have the talent to win.
At the Olympics, with only 12... Read More