It was a typically busy weekend for USA players in the RFU Championship,
England's 2nd tier professional rugby competition.
Shawn Pittman started at tighthead prop for London Welsh in their difficult
18-16 win over London Scottish. (Robbie Shaw did not play.)
And Mike MacDonald came off the bench to spark Leeds to a 20-15 win over
Esher. MacDonald played tighthead, rather than his... Read More
USA Rugby and the USOC are expected to announce next week some details
about how the national 7s teams will be supported in 2012.
It’s quite possible that both the men’s and women’s 7s teams will be able
to start residency programs as early as January.
Most likely this would mean players could move to the San Diego area,
living in private housing that they pay for. There are... Read More
Takudzwa Ngwenya scored a try with about 15 minutes left to ensure Biarritz
would win their Heineken Cup match against Saracens.
With the score still tight at 8-3, USA wing Ngwenya broke free for a
crucial score that put Biarritz 15-3 up against the English club, which
started USA players Chris Wyles at fullback and Hayden Smith at lock.
Saracens scored late to rescue a bonus... Read More
Matt Hawkins is so used to playing with pain, he feels almost weird playing
But that’s what the USA 7s team forward will be able to do next weekend at
the Australia 7s in Gold Coast, Queensland.
last half of last season I was really banged up and sore,” Hawkins told
RUGBYMag.com. “My main focus since then has been to get back from my
surgeries. I had two... Read More
Kevin Swiryn is in the starting lineup for Agen’s Amlin Challenge Cup match
against Brive on Sunday, which is good news for the USA wing.
Swiryn lost his USA starting job to James Paterson during the World Cup,
right at the time he felt he was returning to form.
at Agen in the South of France, Swiryn has had some work to do to break
back into the starting lineup. Last week... Read More
USA lock/flanker Scott LaValla ran on in the 55th minute for Stade Francais
as the Paris club defeated the Bucharest Wolves 49-3 in Amlin Challenge Cup
This is the second tier of European competition, below the Heineken Cup.
LaValla, tellingly, got his first significant time at No. 8, having played
mostly at lock for Stade.
Also on Friday Samu Manoa ran on as a... Read More
7s Head Coach Al Caravelli might have wanted to turn around with most, if
not all, of the Pan-Am squad for the beginning of the HSBC Sevens World
But it was not to be. With Roland Suniula, Blaine Scully and Mile Pulu
injured, and Maka Unufe and Rocco Mauer both running into issues that made
them unavailable, Caravelli was forced into some changes.
He also made... Read More
Either Men's National 7s coach Al Caravelli announced the team for
the first leg of the 7s World Series Nov. 25-26 in Gold Coast, Australia
Matt Hawkins, Miles Craigwell, Nick Edwards, Tai Enosa and Duncan Kelm are
the players selected who did not represent the Eagles in the Pan-Ams. The
players on the Pan-Am roster not named to the Australia squad are Maka
Unufe,... Read More
Selecting a completely untried flyhalf for an international team, even a 7s
team, is a risk.
No matter how well a player does in the club or all-star scene,
conventional wisdom says players need to be brought in carefully. That’s
what happened with Jone Naqica, and that’s what happened with Nese Malifa.
But Folau Niua didn’t... Read More
USA fullback Chris Wyles says his club, Saracens, wants to make a serious
run at the Heineken Cup.
reigning Aviva Premiership champs, who boast two Eagles, Wyles and Hayden
Smith, as regulars, won their opening Heineken Cup match Sunday 42-17 over
Benetton Treviso. Wyles scored a try in that match, and Smith started at
lock and played all 80 minutes.
“The bonus point win... Read More