head coach Nikolay Nerush has announced his team to play
their opening match in Pool C against USA at Stadium Taranaki, New Plymouth
on Thursday, 15 September.
Led by captain and hooker Vladislav Korshunov, the lineup has only two
changes from the team that lost 32-25 to the Eagles in June.
Meanwhile the USA has changed seven players from that game.
“At all the matches... Read More
over Russia is the all encompassing thought for the USA rugby team, and the
players should be forgiven for feeling impatient.
After all, Sunday evening they were flush with confidence after corralling
Ireland in a competitive game. They hadn't felt Monday's aches yet.
This team needs to take care of in order to win, and what the coach's picks
do to help that:
Now,... Read More
The Tukapa Rugby Club is now officially part of the United States.
Just a couple of minutes’ walk from Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth, the
club is the official home of USA rugby fans, and has put out the red carpet
for the cranks from Yankdom.
Honing in on its 125th anniversary, Tukapa is one of the most
accomplished clubs in Taranaki, boasting... Read More
The USA team unveiled a defensive wrinkle against Ireland on Sunday in
their World Cup opener at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth, NZ.
lineouts, they put Todd Clever in the backline, especially on defense. It
was a risky move, but it paid off in several ways. Clever had, in coach
Eddie O’Sullivan’s words, “a colossal game. We needed someone to step up in
a game like this and... Read More
So why the salute?
center Paul Emerick added to his impressive test match try total (now at 15
and easily in the clear for second all-time) Sunday against Ireland,
scoring an intercept try at the end of the match. It was against the run of
play, to be sure, but no one begrudged the brave USA team reward for their
Emerick knew he was going to be in under the... Read More
It was simple, straightforward analysis, and easy to agree with.
“Ireland were the better side, and while we’re not happy to come out on the
other side of it, I was very pleased with the level of commitment from the
guys,” said USA Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan. “We fought our way through
from the first minute to the 81st minute. We gave up points at
times but the guys kept coming... Read More
USA v Ireland Stats
Stadium Taranaki, New Plymouth, NZ
Septewmber 11, 2011
Announced attendance: 20,823
USA Lineup: 1. Mike MacDonald,2.Phil Thiel, 3. Shawn Pittman, 4. John van
der Giessen, 5. Hayden Smith, 6. Lou Stanfill, 7. Todd Clever (c), 8. Nic
Johnson, 9. Mike Petri 10. Roland Suniula, 11. James Paterson, 12.
Andrew Suniula, 13. Paul Emerick, 14. Takudzwa Ngwenya, 15.... Read More
The USA v. Ireland match started with a flood of emotion. A
packed Stadium Taranaki, resplendent in green Come on Ireland! flags, and a
few Stars and Stripes too, cheered the US Marine Corps Pacific Band,
thundered at the end of a moment of silence for the victims of the
September 11, 2001 attacks, and belted out two anthems unrivaled in power
for such a small stadium. The game live... Read More
Ireland leads the USA 10-0 at halftime of the Rugby World Cup opener for
Playing before a packed crowd at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth, NZ
Sunday, the Eagles showed flashes of good rugby, but spent most of the
first 40 minutes defending. This they did superbly, but finally gave up a
try right at the end of the half.
Jonathan Sexton missed two penalty kicks,... Read More
Alex Goff analyzes the USA's World Cup opener against Ireland.
The USA team has not held back much in preparation for Sunday’s clash with
Ireland in New Plymouth.
was no discussion of benching a player or two to rest for Russia. If that
happened to anyone, it was Chris Wyles, and that was related in part to his
Every other selection choice has been on form.... Read More