Central Washington University’s victory in the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby
Championship qualifier Friday in Las Vegas caught the eye of longtime 7s
commentator Nigel Starmer-Smith.
The legendary broadcaster watched the game as he and the broadcasting
staffs at the USA 7s used the CRC semis and final as rehearsals for the
weekend’s HSBC Sevens World Series tournament.
“I thought... Read More
Central Washington came to Las Vegas with a chip on its shoulder, and
though the more physical Kutztown tried to knock that chip back to CWU’s
campus in Ellensburg, Wash. during Friday’s CRC Qualifier final, it remains
and is now validated, as the Wildcats have earned their 15 minutes by going
7-0 over two days in the desert and downing KU 14-0 in the final.
Kutztown put... Read More
Philadelphia, Pa. – The second-ever USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship,
a Rugby Sevens World Cup-style tournament featuring 16 top-tier collegiate
rugby teams, will be held at PPL Park in Chester, PA, on both Saturday, June
4 and Sunday, June 5, 2011.
The tournament will be broadcast nationally on NBC live on both days.
Organizers and hosts officially launched the tournament Tuesday at a press... Read More
USA Men’s 7s
Head Coach Al Caravelli has some decisions to make when he convenes his next
Caravelli told the RuggaMatrix America
podcast that he used the first two tournaments of the IRB World Series to
find his starting seven players. He’s done that, and it is clear he will make
a few changes to the squad going forward.
Among the new players he might consider putting on the squad is a... Read More
Dragged somewhat down to earth the USA 7s team flies home today to
regroup for Wellington and Las Vegas in February.
Head Coach Al Caravelli wants to take his team to Durban, Australia as
preparation for those next tournaments. It seems unlikely that USA Rugby will
suddenly get a financial windfall to pay for it, and it's not in the budget
right now, so the idea remains just that, an idea.... Read More
It was an up-and-down day for the USA at the George 7s. They played
well enough to beat the defending IRB World Series champs, and then stepped
on their own feet with a series of uncharacteristic errors and missed tackles
to end up 1-2.
“We started very well against Samoa, but then hit a little lull,” USA Head
Coach Al Caravelli told RUGBYMag.com. “Then we started really well against
Fiji, made... Read More
The Eagles notched their first win over Zimbabwe last weekend in Dubai, but
could not make it two in a row over the African nation in Saturday’s Shield
semifinal. As consequence, the Eagles finish 1-4 and pointless in George.
The difference in the match was one conversion.1st half
3:15 Manasah Sita
5:03 Marco Barnard
6:48 ... Read More
The Eagles started their third and final pool game in South Africa like
they were still hungover from the 43-5 shellacking Fiji delivered earlier
in the day, and allowed Namibia to take the early 7-0 lead.
The Americans responded quickly when Miles Craigwell found playmaker Shalom
Suniula, who then deferred to a switching Colin Hawley for the rebuttal
try. The conversion... Read More
One of the USA 7s team's mantras is that they don't want to look on making
the Cup Quarterfinals as an end, but as a beginning.
They want to go from hoping to make the Top Eight to expecting to.
Such expectations are a luxury. Five teams made every Quarterfinals last
season, leaving three spots every tournament for others. Of those 24 spots
(three in each of eight... Read More
USA women’s 7s coach Ric Suggitt has a lot of work ahead of him. With a
program that has played in only one tournament so far this year, and with
massive turnover still being managed post 2009 World Cup, he is in the
unenviable position of finding players and re-starting the program.
This past summer was a fairly enthusiastic one for women’s 7s, as more
teams embraced the... Read More