players who were in the USA 15s domestic camp turned immediately around to
train for 7s for the Eagles.
It’s a tough switch, and many of the players got some rest time Sunday and
Monday as they recovered from seven grueling sessions under 15s Head Coach
“We had a very physical 15s camp, and Coach Caravelli knows what the
situation is,” said Paul Emerick,... Read More
USA Domestic Camp is over after a very rigorous week.
The Camp lasted May 4-8, with May 4 being arrival day and May 8 being a
half day, but the players went almost non-stop from the 5th
through the 7th.
Saturday ended with a live scrimmage, where the players were split up into
a mix of new invitees and veterans. The scrimmage was full-contact and very
intense – a word used by... Read More
USA 15s National Team Camp at Chula Vista has been hard work.
Players had an intense fitness test early and continue to work on various
skill sets and unit tests.
“It has been demanding and fast paced but the guys have definitely stepped
up and put in the work,” said hooker Phil Thiel.
Center/wing Tui Osborne, like Thiel a player with Life University in the
Super League,... Read More
a long and oft-interrupted comeback from injury, previous USA scrumhalf
Robbie Shaw is back to full fitness and will start for Bristol in the
British & Irish Cup Final Saturday at 5:15 PM local time.
Four weeks ago he started and played the full game in Bristol’s win against
Nottingham in the championship playoff, a key event for the
scrumhalf. Bristol wanted to bring... Read More
The USA U20 team preparing to travel to Georgia for the Junior World Trophy
is an intriguing mixture of players.
They come from all walks of rugby life.
There are senior club players like Oliva Auimatagi, who was at San Diego
State but had to drop out for a year. SD State Head Coach Craig Hartley,
who is an OMBAC man, hooked Auimatagi up with the local club. What he’s
lost in... Read More
business lies ahead for the USA U20s as they prepare for the Junior World
Trophy in Georgia beginning May 24.
The Junior All Americans, face Samoa, Russia and Uruguay in the hopes of
eventually qualifying for the Junior World Championship in 2012, which
features the top 12 U20 teams in the world.
The usual challenges face the Americans, beginning with the fact that it’s... Read More
a lot of victories for USA players overseas this weekend.
In Italy, two USA No. 8s went at it (see picture) as Lou Stanfill’s
Mogliano defeated Nic Johnson’s L’Aquila 30-16. Mogliano is 7th
and L’Aquila 9th in the 10-team league. L’Aquila is not in
danger of dropping to 10th, while Mogliano kepts pace with Roma
and inched closer to Parma in the hopes of getting to the top five... Read More
Dublin University’s Trinity team surprised all the experts by pulling out a
31-22 upset of rivals University College Dublin Saturday in Donnybrook,
USA player Scott LaValla captained Trinity from the blindside flanker
position and was named Man of the Match in this, the annual Colours Match
for both teams.
UCD entered the game undefeated in... Read More
USA forward Nic Johnson has been hitting good form for L'Aquila in Italy,
at just the right time.
Johnson scored a try for his club Saturday against Mantovani Lazio and was
named Man of the Match in L'Aquila's 31-24 victory. Johnson's try put his
side up 17-13 in the first half.
Johnson joined L'Aquila midway through the Eccellenza league season. At the
time they were just... Read More
search for a backup flyhalf for the Eagles moves on and the search seems to
have been complicated in recent weeks.
Ata Malifa is healthy and had hoped to show off his skills for Glendale
this weekend (the Denver Barbarians couldn’t play the match). Meanwhile
Troy Hall is injured, but word is that even though he hasn’t been playing a
lot of flyhalf, and even though he is... Read More