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
The USA Men's National Team spent Sunday morning at St. Andrew's Cathedral
in New Plymouth, at a service commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the
terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
US Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, spoke to a packed
Across the street, the New Plymouth Fire Department house flew their
national flag at... Read More
NEW PLYMOUTH, 9 Sept. - US Eagles prop Mike MacDonald is
preparing himself for a barrage of mixed emotions when he takes the field
for his team’s opening match against Ireland at Stadium Taranaki on Sunday.
Not only will he become the USA’s most-capped player with a tally of 63 Test
matches, the fact the match falls 10 years to the day after the 9/11 terror
attacks adds further poignancy... Read More
USA fullback Chris Wyles remains a last-minute decision on whether he will
be fit to play for the Eagles against Ireland on Sunday.
Wyles himself isn’t making any guesses; he’s just trying to be ready as
quickly as possible, despite not having played for the United States since
“Obviously it’s not the ideal situation,” Wyles told RUGBYMag.com about his
absence from... Read More
PLYMOUTH - Ireland head coach Declan Kidney on Friday announced his team to
play their opening match in Pool C against USA at Stadium Taranaki, New
Plymouth on Sunday, September 11.
Captain and center threequarter Brian O’Driscoll emphasised how much his
team is looking forward to their opening match of Rugby World Cup 2011
against USA on Sunday at Stadium Taranaki.
“We... Read More
Could brothers Roland and Andrew Suniula, both alumni of Kelston Boys High
School in New Zealand, play together for the USA at the World Cup?
Neither is assured of a starting position, but it’s likely the two will
line up together at some point. Both play center, while Roland also works
out at flyhalf. Not only are they pushing to get playing time, they... Read More
The USA National Team is only a few hours from naming its lineup to face
Ireland on Sunday, September 11, and Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan has some
decisions to make.
The most high-profile decision is whether to play Saracens star Chris
Wyles. Wyles is well-known in England and around the world, and therefore
his status garners plenty of questions for the world press.
that... Read More
captain Todd Clever says the pressure of making the World Cup squad is
over, and now his team can get down to the business of simply preparing for
four must-win games.
"We've worked so hard to be here and make the final cut and people are
excited,” said Clever. “Playing for the US team, we don't get to face top
international teams all the time, so we have to make the most of... Read More