In recent World Cups, USA players have been able to secure overseas
contracts right after their World Cup games are over.
That doesn’t seem to be the case this year. Clubs in Europe have planned
ahead of time for World Cup absences, and therefore don’t seem to be as
desperate this time around.
Perhaps as players come back and come back injured, that might change.
“The pro... Read More
Several USA players get back in action, or make debuts this weekend as
Aviva Premiership. The top league in England featuring 12
clubs. USA players: Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith (Saracens), Samu
Manoa (Northampton).RFU Championship. Second-tier professional league in
England.... Read More
It was a quiet weekend for USA players overseas as many were rested barely
a week after returning from the Rugby World Cup.
Samu Manoa, who did not play in the World Cup, started at lock for
Northampton and helped lead them to a 33-3 pastinf of Exeter. Manoa has
been a revelation for the Saints.
On the sidelines included Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith for Saracens, Seta
Tuilevuka... Read More
Reader tedmunds leads the Rugby World Cup
Knockout Prediction Contest after a quarterfinal round that surprised many
of those entered.
The vast majority picked England and
Ireland to win their games - they didn't. So those who were brave enough to
choose Wales end up near the top. tedmunds was the only entrant in any of
the matches to get a margin of victory exactly right - Wales... Read More
Leeds Carnegie Head Coach Diccon Edwards has named his team for the
Championship clash against London Scottish this Saturday 8 October,
Michael Stephenson will return to the starting line up, having been out of
action for Leeds Carnegie through injury since his Man of the Match winning
performance against Bristol. USA all-time-leading cap-earner Mike
MacDonald, who... Read More
Paul Emerick hinted in an interview with RUGBYMag.com Wednesday that his
Eagle days could be coming to a close soon.
Emerick was a major bright spot for the USA, and has been all season, with
his major improvement is avoiding getting in trouble with the refs.
“I have had a pretty disciplined year,” he said. “You want to be aggressive
but I also... Read More
It’s been a long time since February, when Mark Bokhoven injured his knee
during the USA 7s in Las Vegas, but every day he had a reminder of how much
work he had to do, and on what timeline, to get back.
The loss of the big, rangy 7s forward, along with that of Nu’u Punimata,
put the Eagles in a difficult position in that tournament, and thereafter
as... Read More
Behind an amazing, gritty performance, Tonga defeated France 19-14 Saturday
in Wellington at the Rugby World Cup.
The victory was a huge upset, made more amazing by the fact that Tonga
missed twice as many tackles as the French, but somehow hung on.
Flyhalf Kurt Morath scored 14 points with his kicking. The victory put
Tonga at 2-2 and past 1-2-1 Canada for third in Pool A. As a... Read More
Comparison of USA National Team Coaches
Duncan Hall 2000-2001
Tom Billups 2001-2005
Peter Thorburn 2006-2007
Scott Johnson 2008 (for purposes of this comparison, we have combined
Thorburn and Johnson)
Eddie O’Sullivan 2009-2011
W... Read More
Southern Hemisphere rugby nations have shocked the rugby world by saying
they may not want to be involved in the Rugby World Cup in future years
because it costs them money.
Simply put, nation teams do not tour New Zealand (the key union vocal about
this issue), Australia or South Africa during June and July in World Cup
years. Those tours bring crucial income to the host nations... Read More