The USA gets an astoundingly tough draw for the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s in
Port Elizabeth next weekend.
With Samoa having an uncharacteristically poor tournament (they were
dropped into the Bowl Round on points difference), they get seeded lower
and join Argentina, who they tied this weekend in Dubai, the USA, and Dubai
This Pool A is clearly the Pool of Death... Read More
Former gridiron players are getting a shot at rugby at the Dubai 7s in the
Men's Veterans bracket.
Playing for the Kuwait Scorpions, Michael Brimley and Markas Morton,
who both had NFL looks with the Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins,
respectively, are now in the US Army and decided to give rugby a try.
"I've still got a lot of love for contact sport and rugby is a little... Read More
This weekend sees London Welsh in third in the RFU Championship standings,
one point behind Bedford and Bristol.
And, wouldn’t you know it, London Welsh and Bedford play each
other Saturday at Old Deer Park.
USA prop forward Shawn Pittman is expected to start for London Welsh. The
former Chuckanut U19 product now has a World Cup under his belt and is
eager to build on his debut... Read More
Former Cal captain Derek Asbun scored a try
for Oxford University as they went down 32-20 to Championship club
This was the final warmup for Oxford before
they take on Cambridge Thursday, December 8 in the Varsity Match at
Asbun was again a solid performer for Oxford,
starting at blindside flanker.
Jason Law, another former Cal player in
graduate school at Oxford, was on... Read More
won only their second game of the season in France's Pro D2, defeating Dax
Starting at lock forward was USA flanker Inaki Basauri, who has cemented a
regular place on the club in the back five of the scrum.
"Things are going good," Basauri told RUGBYMag.com. "I have have started
the last five games and played the full 80."
This weekend's start was his sixth... Read More
Friday some Americans saw action in pro leagues around Europe.
Mike MacDonald and Robbie Shaw started at loosehead prop and scrumhalf,
respectively, for Leeds in a very important RFU Championship match again
Yorkshire rivals Rotherham.
Both players played a major role in Leeds winning 25-19.
The victory put Leeds at 8-4, just three points behind Rotherham (7-4-1)
for 5th and... Read More
It was a typically busy weekend for USA players in the RFU Championship,
England's 2nd tier professional rugby competition.
Shawn Pittman started at tighthead prop for London Welsh in their difficult
18-16 win over London Scottish. (Robbie Shaw did not play.)
And Mike MacDonald came off the bench to spark Leeds to a 20-15 win over
Esher. MacDonald played tighthead, rather than his... Read More
Takudzwa Ngwenya scored a try with about 15 minutes left to ensure Biarritz
would win their Heineken Cup match against Saracens.
With the score still tight at 8-3, USA wing Ngwenya broke free for a
crucial score that put Biarritz 15-3 up against the English club, which
started USA players Chris Wyles at fullback and Hayden Smith at lock.
Saracens scored late to rescue a bonus... Read More
Kevin Swiryn is in the starting lineup for Agen’s Amlin Challenge Cup match
against Brive on Sunday, which is good news for the USA wing.
Swiryn lost his USA starting job to James Paterson during the World Cup,
right at the time he felt he was returning to form.
at Agen in the South of France, Swiryn has had some work to do to break
back into the starting lineup. Last week... Read More
USA lock/flanker Scott LaValla ran on in the 55th minute for Stade Francais
as the Paris club defeated the Bucharest Wolves 49-3 in Amlin Challenge Cup
This is the second tier of European competition, below the Heineken Cup.
LaValla, tellingly, got his first significant time at No. 8, having played
mostly at lock for Stade.
Also on Friday Samu Manoa ran on as a... Read More