It was an up-and-down day for the USA at the George 7s. They played
well enough to beat the defending IRB World Series champs, and then stepped
on their own feet with a series of uncharacteristic errors and missed tackles
to end up 1-2.
“We started very well against Samoa, but then hit a little lull,” USA Head
Coach Al Caravelli told RUGBYMag.com. “Then we started really well against
Fiji, made... Read More
The Eagles notched their first win over Zimbabwe last weekend in Dubai, but
could not make it two in a row over the African nation in Saturday’s Shield
semifinal. As consequence, the Eagles finish 1-4 and pointless in George.
The difference in the match was one conversion.1st half
3:15 Manasah Sita
5:03 Marco Barnard
6:48 ... Read More
The Eagles started their third and final pool game in South Africa like
they were still hungover from the 43-5 shellacking Fiji delivered earlier
in the day, and allowed Namibia to take the early 7-0 lead.
The Americans responded quickly when Miles Craigwell found playmaker Shalom
Suniula, who then deferred to a switching Colin Hawley for the rebuttal
try. The conversion... Read More
USA captain Todd Clever will start at blindside flanker for the Suntory
Sungoliath as his cub takes on Sanyo in the clash of two of the top three
teams in the Japan Top League.
Clever was one of the few USA players who went right back into his club's
starting lineup a week after the end of the November tour. Clever started
in the #6 jersey for Suntory as they defeated Kintetsu... Read More
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