Both the USA and Canada have made a few changes for Saturday’s
2nd-straight test match, and the changes can give us some
insight into what each coach is thinking and what the game will be
about.USA: Four starters from last week are out: Mate Moeakiola,
Phil Thiel, Mike Petri and Kevin Swiryn.
Three of these changes are obviously Eddie O’Sullivan wanting a direct
comparison... Read More
Can USA rugby fans get behind their team? Saturday night 7pm at Infinity
Park in Glendale, Colo. is the time to prove it.
Last week a few hundred brave American souls journeyed from Buffalo,
Rochester and Syracuse to join several fans of the USA women’s team who had
cheered the women Eagles on the night before. All converged on Toronto, and... Read More
the National Club 7s Championships done and the All-Star Championships
upcoming, USA 7s Head Coach Al Caravelli is feeling somewhat optimistic
going into the international 7s season.
Caravelli will be scouting the NASC, which will be held at Chula Vista
August 26 (a Friday) and 27. Then he will choose a squad of Possibles and a
squad of Probables, and run them through games... Read More
The USA Selects led a Glendale Raptors XV only 19-10 at halftime in
Wednesday night’s friendly, and one could be forgiven for wondering what
the USA team’s problem was.
Selects team, after all, started only two players who are uncapped against
a club team, a good club team, but a club team. It was a little too close
for comfort, acknowledged USA Selects captain Scott LaValla... Read More
The USA Selects rode a dominant second half to beat the Glendale Raptors
58-10 Wednesday night in a World Cup warmup.
The USA Selects team was mostly made up of players itching for playing time
and hoping to break into the World Cup squad. They were captained by Scott
LaValla, who missed last week's Canada test due to personal reasons.
The talented Glendale side battled hard... Read More
Among the strong performances for the USA against Canada this past weekend
was lock Hayden Smith.
Now a regular pro with Saracens, Smith was rested during the Churchill Cup
as requested by his club, but he’s back in the Eagles lineup now.
The lock forward was sky high in the lineout and made several big players
in the open field, including some key tackles and clear-outs. And it... Read More
Back in Denver, the USA National Team turns its attention to Wednesday’s
clash with a Glendale Selects side.
This match, set for Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo., at 7pm on Wednesday
night (click here for tickets), is designed to
give USA hopefuls who didn’t play (or didn’t play much) on Saturday a
chance to show what they can do. Glendale has been given the task of
providing a... Read More
The USA have created three tries in the first half against Canada in this
men's international test in Toronto. Unfortunately for the Eagles, one of
those tries cost them, as an ill-advised quick lineout gifted a try for
Canada flanker Jeb Sinclair.
The USA have bounced back with tries from Taku Ngwenya and Todd Clever, and
a conversion and a penalty from Nese Malifa to lead 15-10... Read More
Rewind four years. Takudzwa Ngwenya is an uncapped Eagle, with his
only match in a USA 15s jersey coming in a friendly against Munster less
than a month prior to the World Cup opener with England.
No one outside of the United States knew anything about the speedy wing,
except that he was a wing and he was supposedly speedy.
Three weeks after the opening loss to England, Ngwenya... Read More
RUGBYMag.com profiled Robbie Shaw last week, a player who might be the
third wheel at scrumhalf but who is now in the extended squad with a real
shot to make the World Cup team.
At hooker, the situation is similar. Phil Thiel and Chris Biller have been
the hookers of choice the last two seasons.
But McLenahan, who was capped... Read More