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Hunter Leland is one of the new guys at WE Rugby. He didn’t play there last
year, and he, in fact, is playing for his third team in as many summers on
the West... Read More
The USA backline suffered from player turnover; certainly unity suffered, and
so did confidence. Let’s look:
Scrumhalf Mike Petri/Robbie Shaw. Both of these men are good
players, but were in a bad situation for June. Shaw had suffered a pretty
nasty concussion earlier in the season, and Petri had been out almost all... Read More
To do that, they will have to improve dramatically in a number of key
areas. Some personnel changes will help for sure, but so will better
performances by the personnel who have been playing so far this year.
Here’s a look at the forwards:
Shawn Pittman. His strength is his work rate... Read More
Chad Keck has joined the USA Rugby Board, replacing Bill Middleton, and
this former captain of West Point and the Harvard Business School rugby
teams has a job to do – get the 2018 7s World Cup in the USA.
For years, whenever we talk about a major international event coming to the
USA (in addition to the USA 7s, already here), the 7s World Cup seems to
make the most sense... Read More
Danny Barrett seems to always be in the middle of it all. The hard-charging
Cal loose forward is sometimes a loose cannon, and certainly hard to pin
down, but lately he has begun to control his game, and perhaps focus
Certainly he was a little unfortunate not to be CRC MVP (RUGBY Magazine
picked Seamus... Read More
This will incorporate elements of Parts 1 and 2 as necessary, but generally
we’re looking at actual in-game issues, rather than the big picture.USA v Canada The Eagles defended well, despite having a less
than top-flight lineup. They gave up one try, on a mistake on a lineout,
rather than any defensive deficiencies. However, they also squandered two or
three really good try-scoring opportunities... Read More
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
I first met Tal Bayer in 2010 in Las Vegas. It was the weekend of the IRB
7s World Series, and Bayer and I were participating in a roundtable, along
with other coaches and administrators from around the country at different
levels, to discuss the state of rugby in America.
I hadn’t been in rugby but for a few years, I hadn’t coached before, and I
didn’t have a lot to offer to... 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
The announcement that United World Sports and NBC will partner to bring the
Varsity Cup to network television was big news this week.
With the Varsity Cup Final now slated to be on live network television
right after the Kentucky Derby on May 3, it seems that the big-time is,
finally, here. (Note: United World
Sports runs the USA 7s tournament, the Collegiate Rugby Championship,... Read More