The scrum was a big topic of discussion at Wednesday’s press conference for
the USA national rugby team.
The Eagles had been shoved off the park, not to put too fine a point on it,
against Ireland, and while Russia isn’t expected to be as difficult as
Ireland, they are expected to cause some troubles for the scrum-challenged
Forwards coach Dave Hodges saw what... Read More
In Soviet Russia, ball kicks you.
Soviet Russia, everyone in from the wrong side.
In Soviet Russia … ok actually that’s all we’ve got.
The local and world press has taken to the idea that USA v. Russia is some
kind of Cold War rematch. It’s like there was the 1972 Olympic basketball
final, the 1980 Olympic hockey game, and now this is the rubber match.
(Apparently nobody... Read More
The USA National Team has put beating Russia as the main benchmark for
judging this season; the game on September 15.
No one disputes that.
of our energy and all of our focus is on getting our bodies right and
getting ourselves mentally prepared to face Russia,” said USA captain Todd
Clever, who was outstanding against Ireland. “I was happy for the most part
with my... Read More
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