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
Italy wanted a victory and a bonus point for four tries against the USA in
their drive for a spot in the 2011 Rugby World Cup; they got it, but only
The Eagles were outmatched in the scrum by a wide margin, gave up orders of
magnitude more penalties than the Italians, and spent most of the second
half with their backs against the... Read More
Italy leads the USA 20-10 at halftime of their 2011 Rugby World Cup match
Tuesday, Sept. 27 in Nelson, New Zealand.
Italy has mastered the scrum over the USA, but the Eagles have got to feel
as if they are playing against 16 players, as referee George Clancy has
refused to penalize Italy for early shoves on the scrum, managed to block
John van der Giessen from making what would... Read More
The USA national team crossed the Cook Strait to play in tonight’s final
Rugby World Cup match.
This will be the Eagles’ only venture to New Zealand’s South Island, and
it’s a small trip, to the northernmost edge of the region, Nelson. The city
is named after Admiral Horatio Nelson, the British naval hero, and the
street names bear references to Nelson and his famous battles... Read More
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