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
Ireland opens their World Cup on September 11 against a USA team with
nothing to lose that will also be playing on the 10th anniversary of the
9-11 terrorist attacks.
The Eagles will be fired up. Ireland, with many players facing their former
coach, USA Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan, will have their own motivations
above and beyond the need to win in a World Cup match.
"Eddie's... Read More
It's not all about the stats, but stats are fun anyway.
Here we look at some of the stats records in the World Cup, and who might
Points Career: Jonny Wilkinson, 249 Wilkinson has the all-time
record. He set it after scoring 67 in 2007 to pass the great Gavin Hastings
He will certainly have points-scoring opportunities playing... Read More
Well there’s more than one way to welcome a rugby team.
Piri Cribb, Master of Ceremonies during the USA’s welcome in Whanganui got
off a couple of memorable lines during the festivities.
With the Maori women dancers looking fetching in their traditional garb,
the Eagles couldn’t help but notice, and Cribb couldn’t help but notice
“That’s enough flirting from you lot -... Read More
The USA is settling into training time in Whanganui as they prepare to
clash with Ireland Sunday, Sept. 11.
Coach Eddie O’Sullivan would of course love to defeat his old employers,
Ireland, but clearly the Irish are favored.
"We're realistic,”O’Sullivan said Monday. “We've got three Tier 1 nations
in our pool and obviously Russia is the big game for us. That's the one
we... Read More
Francisco Golden Gate lock and No. 8 Samuela Manoa will start for the
Northampton Saints against Gloucester Sunday in the Aviva Premiership
opening weekend and his professional debut.
The Tongan-born lock, who played quarterback at DII Lincoln University in
Jefferson City, Mo., made his debut for the Eagles last November against
Saracens in London.
Manoa would... Read More
The USA Men’s National Team gets on an airplane in about five hours to fly
to New Zealand.
After a somewhat embattled year full of plenty of uncertainty for many, the
time has finally come.
the group of 30 that embarks, along with a staff of coaches and support
staff numbering 14, ten have World Cup experience. Of those, two, Mike
MacDonald and Paul Emerick, are headed to... Read More
USA Men's 7s team coach Al Caravelli now has some choices to make looking
ahead to his international 7s season.
Coming up will be the Pan-Am Games October 29-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
After that will be a nine-event IRB Sevens World Series. Caravelli wants to
name a player pool from which he will draw players for these events. That
pool, expected to be named in about a week, will... Read More
isn’t just a summer of goofing off on the rugby field for college students
anymore, but it’s still fun, as the members of the All American camp will
Fresh from a series of three-a-days at the Serevi Rugby Academy, Stanfill
and some of them other 7s All Americans went right into intense training at
the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.
“It’s awesome,” said... Read More
The recent naming of the USA World Cup squad showcases in part what’s going
right in USA Rugby’s age-grade programs.
If the 30 players named to play in New Zealand, eleven have played for the
USA U19 or U20 teams, while six others had a look or were involved in
U19/HS rugby in some way.
Three of the players on the squad: Mike Petri, Scott LaValla, and... Read More