Todd Clever has ended his time with Suntory in Japan on a positive note,
coming on as a sub Saturday as part of his club’s 47-28 victory over
Panasonic in the Japan Top League final.
This comes on the heels of his team’s All-Japan title last spring. Clever
is now expected to announce soon a fairly lucrative signing with a new
club, possibly still in Japan.
It was a... Read More
It was a difficult week for USA players playing overseas as their teams
struggled to find victory.
Paul Emerick almost made a huge splash for Wasps when he came on off the
bench for his debut. Wasps lost 15-12, and were behind by that margin when
Emerick almost made it to the line for what would have been the
As it was, he was stopped short. Still it was an... Read More
Paul Emerick could well make his debut for Wasps this weekend as they take
on Exeter in Aviva Premiership action.
Emerick, who recently signed with the London team is in training and
expected to be used in the game if only to get his feet wet.
Emerick did not play in last weekend’s 22-17 loss to Saracens. Two USA
players, Hayden Smith and Chris Wyles, did start. Smith’s... Read More
Several football stars and budding stars showed up at the USA 7s this
weekend to support a game they love.
Pittsburgh Steelers star Troy Polamalu made a low-key visit, and several
other football players, including Paul Soliaia, were there.
who plays for the Miami Dolphins, was there to see the rugby and talk about
his charity, the Paul Soliai Foundation, which is... Read More
Samoa has returned to USA Sevens glory, winning its second Cup title in
Scoring the game-winning try at the death of the 26-19 Cup final against
New Zealand was Alafoti Faosiliva, the tournament MVP in 2010, the last
time Samoa won in Las Vegas.
USA Sevens was just Faosiliva’s second tournament back with the Samoan 7s
program since... Read More
Over 23,000 fans came to Sam Boyd Stadium Sunday for the action at USA 7s,
putting the event over 60,000 for the three days.
On Friday evening, 10,323 attended the tournament.
Saturday was the most-attended rugby event ever in the USA, with 30,112.
Sunday was slightly smaller, as it has tended to be in Las Vegas, with
Total attendance for the event was 64,107.
If you wanted a lot of fans in the stands, you could hardly pick two better
teams for the USA 7s final than Samoa and New Zealand. Only the USA could
surpass these two teams in popularity.
The final did not disappoint, as two physical, speedy and artistic teams
met for a chance to take home the cup, and battled until after full time.... Read More
(photos to come)
Fiji overcame a lackluster start to oust South Africa 21-15 in the
South Africa’s Frankie Horne scored first, calming the raucous Fiji
supporters. Branco du Preez missed the conversion.
In the fifth-minute, Fiji took the lead by quick-tapping a South African
penalty. Nemani Nagusa drew a pair of defenders off of the penalty, and... Read More
(Photos to come)
Kenya outscored Argentina 21-7 to take the Plate title at USA Sevens
Argentina scored first with an Agustin Migliore try and Valentin Cruz
conversion, but it was Kenya the rest of the way. First Sidney Ashioya
dotted down and Nato Linus Simiyu converted.
Then it looked like would score, as he flattened an Argentine tackler and
sprinted into the try... Read More
Samoa came back to knock off Fiji in the most anticipated Cup semifinal,
with Fijian and Samoan flags outnumbering every other country’s in Sam Boyd
Fiji opened scoring when Waisea Nayacalevu streaked long-distance for a
try, converted, taking a 7-0 lead.
Fiji attacked again off of a scrum on Samoa’s 40-meter line. Keeping the
ball off of the... Read More