Is the Italian team looking past the USA?
Comments from their outstanding captain and No. 8 Sergio Parisse,
perhaps prompted by questions by the press, indicate they might be.
Parisse spent much of today’s press briefing talking not about Tuesday’s
clash with the Eagles (live on Universal Tuesday, Sept 25 2:15am Eastern,
and on Monday, Sept 26 11:15pm Pacific – please note... Read More
The Australian national team got a more physical clash with the USA than
they bargained for.
A nasty-looking clash of Anthony Faingaa’s head on Chris Wyles’s knee saw
the Australian center down and out at the end of the game. Faingaa did not
look good and he will be out at least two weeks.
Meanwhile, center Pat... Read More
It is highly likely that most of the starters from Friday’s match against
Australia won’t start for the Eagles against Italy on September 27.
But even so, recovery over the next four days is vitally important.
Recovery was vital for the first two games of the tournament and will be
also for the last game, said Lou Stanfill, who has appeared in all three
World Cup matches so far... Read More
American lock Samu Manoa starts once more for the Northampton Saints as
they clash with Sale Friday.
Manoa got some praise from teammate Christian Day this week, as the fellow
second row forward told the BBC that the American import has been a
"He arrived to fill Courtney Lawes' shirt as an explosive, dynamic second
row and he's more than done that,” said Day. "He's... Read More
JJ Gagiano sneaking past Elsom for
center Junior Sifa being bottled
Colin Hawley left in Quade Cooper's
As Queensland star Quade Cooper kicked off to open the match, no one gave
the Eagles much of a chance to compete, but they did... Read More
The USA has no chance against Australia, right?
Forget about the talk that it's a second team Aussie lineup - that's silly,
considering this group is no worse than the 16th through 30th best players
in Australia. Consider also that whenever a supposed 2nd Tier I team plays
the USA, the players in that group end up being World Cup final starters a
year or two later.
In 1999,... Read More
Usasz has a nickname on the USA squad, 50-50; it's based on how reliable
his stories are.
He's also called "The Russian" because of, officially, his presence. Or the
fact he can be a little aggressive maybe?
Either way, the Australian-born, quasi-Nebraskan Usasz is now the USA
captain against Australia. Nebraska? That's right. Part of the Usasz family
emigrated from... Read More
USA Head Coach Eddie O'Sullivan said Wednesday that the short turnaround
between Friday's match with Australia and the Eagles' September 27 match
with Italy did not influence his selections for the upcoming clash with the
“The short answer for that is no,” O’Sullivan said. “The way our games are
stacked, we had Ireland and Russia four days apart and it’s similar to... Read More
Rugby Magazine will be putting together its annual awards later this year,
and all of those are under lock and key, but it seems hard to imagine a
better candidate for Try of the Year than last Thursday’s effort against
try was of course the only one in the game, and it was the difference in a
13-6 decision. It came from a penalty against the Russians inside the USA... Read More
After the final whistle went in the USA’s hard-bitten 13-6 win over Russia
last Thursday, Eagle players threw their arms in the air, some jumped on
each other. Lock John van der Giessen, who had put in as much physical
effort as anyone, dropped to the ground, and stayed there, staring at the
The whistle... Read More