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
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