Thompson set forth a demanding fitness
regimen and put it on the players to report their results.
Regularly and frequently Thompson was in contact with players about how
they were doing, and a little honor system goes a long way, it seems.
Players were very honest, said Thompson, and if they tried to fudge the
results or make it seem as if they had done... Read More
Last summer the High School All Americans toured South America, and came
away with a lot of good feelings. In an intense trip that saw the team play
five internationals in 18 days, and come away with three wins, one close
loss, and one not-close loss, it all seemed to make sense.
But that one not-close... Read More
St. Ignatius defeated Westerville 21-10 to win the Ohio State HS 7s
Championships Sunday, coming back from a 10-0 deficit to take the
Led by Player of the Year Michael Matthews, Jr., St. Ignatius didn't even
give up a point until the... Read More
The Northern California Boys HS All-Star team swept all four matches in
their tour of British Columbia last week.
The Pelicans shocked, somewhat, their hosts as they were hardly challenged,
and, in two matches just flat-out crushed their opponents.
On June 18, the JV team took on the Fraser Valley U16s. Fielding a team of
9th- and 10th-graders, the NorCal squad won 93-0, with... Read More
The USA U20s have officially ended their time in the Junior World
Championships, losing 46-12 Sunday to Fiji to finish 12th out of
The USA will be
replaced by Italy in 2014, with the Americans moving back down to the
Junior World Rugby Trophy they won in 2012.
Fiji scored four tries in the first half to take a commanding 22-0 lead.
Emori Waqa scored his second try minutes... Read More
Scotland's U20s have defeated the USA U20s 39-3 at the Junior World
means that the USA will play Fiji for 11th on June 23, with the losing team
being replaced by Italy in next year's competition.
Fiji lost 19-18 to Samoa.
USA fullback Dylan Audsley provided the only points for the USA, kicking a
penalty eight minutes into the 2nd half.
But 22 points... Read More
Scotland and USA have named their U20 squads to face off Tuesday at the
Junior World Championships.
The two teams are playing in the 9th-place semifinals, as are Samoa and
Fiji. The winners of those games will play June 23 for 9th place. The
losers will play June 23 for 11th, with the team that finishes 12th being
relegated to the Junior World Rugby... Read More
England pummeled the USA U20s 109-0 in the final round of pool play at the
Junior World Championships in France.
The English were bigger, faster, and much more organized. Led by a huge
back three of Ben Howard, Henry Purdy and Ollie Devoto, England had the
athleticism to run through tacklers and run around them, also. As a result,
the USA players had to commit two and three... Read More
Edina topped Southside 17-10 in the Boy’s High School State Championship to
earn its second consecutive state title.
Losing 13 starters to graduation, the Edina coaching staff did not expect
to win back-to-back state titles. Coach Chris Babiash described this
year’s squad as an “odd group of guys.” The 2012 squad featured a
talented, experienced group of rugby players that was... Read More
The USA U20s were dismantled systemically by South Africa 97-0 in the
opening match of the Junior World Championships Saturday in La
The Americans were outmatched in virtually every aspect, and were fortunate
not to give up triple digits, as the game ended with South African knocking
South Africa learned early that the Americans did
not have... Read More