One of the USA 7s team's mantras is that they don't want to look on making
the Cup Quarterfinals as an end, but as a beginning.
They want to go from hoping to make the Top Eight to expecting to.
Such expectations are a luxury. Five teams made every Quarterfinals last
season, leaving three spots every tournament for others. Of those 24 spots
(three in each of eight... Read More
It’s been a week since the USA finished their November tour of Europe,
and players have had time to reflect on the good parts and the bad.
No player RUGBYMag.com talked to was particular happy about losing to
Georgia, but none thought it was a death blow to their self esteem (or team
There’s more to the plan for the team, said the players, than winning or
losing one game.
“It'... Read More
By Alex Goff
You can read a lot into actions, and putting aside for now whether you feel
the USA played well or not on tour (most observers are mixed on the issue),
have a look at who Head Coach Eddie O'Sullivan has been using.
We at RUGBYMag.com tracked the
minutes of every player on tour, giving us an idea of who O'Sullivan likes,
who he isn't sure about, and who changed his mind.
Players who... Read More
USA Men’s National Team did everything that was asked of them Saturday, and
still came up short, said USA Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan. But the coach
told RUGBYMag.com that he was discouraged – disappointed, yes, but not
“I was disappointed the way we ended,” O’Sullivan told RUGBYMag.com,
referring to Georgia’s try at the end of the game that won if for the... Read More
Georgia pulled off a dramatic and improbable victory over the USA in
Tiblisi Saturday, scoring in the 89th minute to win 19-17 over a brave
The USA led for most of the match and played a tough-minded game in a match
that saw little open, running rugby.
In fact the Americans led throughout the second half... Read More
Saturday's test match between the USA and Georgia will carry all sorts of
importance - the winner gets to jump up in the IRB rankings; the USA will
want to finish the tour with a sweep in their tests, while Georgia wants to
sweep the North American teams - but in the end it's just a game the
players have to get ready for.
Georgia benefitted from some fairly attrocious referee... Read More
The tour is almost over, but the toughest part is just beginning.
Georgia showed everyone they mean business Saturday by beating Canada
22-15. They want to beat the USA, too. The Eagles, who have endured a
difficult tour affected by rough weather, unsympathetic referees, and
plenty of travel.
But a somewhat pleasant surprise awaited the Americans in Tbilisi, where
the... Read More
The Eagles four matches on their November Tour should really be split into
two categories; full rankings test matches and other. Friday’s 25-0 loss to
Scotland A, like the London bout with Saracens, should be filed under
Against Saracens, the Eagles were on their back foot much of the match and
coach Eddie O’Sullivan was pleased with his defense. Against Scotland A,... Read More
Boulder, Colo. - Kathy Flores, USA Rugby’s Women’s National Team Head
Coach, has announced that she is stepping down from her position at the end
of 2010, after eight years at the helm.
Flores earned the position following the 2002 World Cup, in which the USA
dropped five spots to 7th place. She brought experience as an international
athlete – Flores was a member of the victorious 1991 World Cup... Read More
USA women’s 7s coach Ric Suggitt has a lot of work ahead of him. With a
program that has played in only one tournament so far this year, and with
massive turnover still being managed post 2009 World Cup, he is in the
unenviable position of finding players and re-starting the program.
This past summer was a fairly enthusiastic one for women’s 7s, as more
teams embraced the... Read More