Behind an amazing, gritty performance, Tonga defeated France 19-14 Saturday
in Wellington at the Rugby World Cup.
The victory was a huge upset, made more amazing by the fact that Tonga
missed twice as many tackles as the French, but somehow hung on.
Flyhalf Kurt Morath scored 14 points with his kicking. The victory put
Tonga at 2-2 and past 1-2-1 Canada for third in Pool A. As a... Read More
Southern Hemisphere rugby nations have shocked the rugby world by saying
they may not want to be involved in the Rugby World Cup in future years
because it costs them money.
Simply put, nation teams do not tour New Zealand (the key union vocal about
this issue), Australia or South Africa during June and July in World Cup
years. Those tours bring crucial income to the host nations... Read More
The USA national team crossed the Cook Strait to play in tonight’s final
Rugby World Cup match.
This will be the Eagles’ only venture to New Zealand’s South Island, and
it’s a small trip, to the northernmost edge of the region, Nelson. The city
is named after Admiral Horatio Nelson, the British naval hero, and the
street names bear references to Nelson and his famous battles... Read More
Is the Italian team looking past the USA?
Comments from their outstanding captain and No. 8 Sergio Parisse,
perhaps prompted by questions by the press, indicate they might be.
Parisse spent much of today’s press briefing talking not about Tuesday’s
clash with the Eagles (live on Universal Tuesday, Sept 25 2:15am Eastern,
and on Monday, Sept 26 11:15pm Pacific – please note... Read More
The Australian national team got a more physical clash with the USA than
they bargained for.
A nasty-looking clash of Anthony Faingaa’s head on Chris Wyles’s knee saw
the Australian center down and out at the end of the game. Faingaa did not
look good and he will be out at least two weeks.
Meanwhile, center Pat... Read More
American lock Samu Manoa starts once more for the Northampton Saints as
they clash with Sale Friday.
Manoa got some praise from teammate Christian Day this week, as the fellow
second row forward told the BBC that the American import has been a
"He arrived to fill Courtney Lawes' shirt as an explosive, dynamic second
row and he's more than done that,” said Day. "He's... Read More
In 2008 American rugby coach Tim Lewis won his first New Zealand
premier club championship in the Bay of Plenty with Tauranga Sports,
and this year, as American fans swarm through New Zealand during the World
Cup, he has won another.
Lewis helped coach the Napier Pirates during their 125th anniversary year,
and was part of the staff that led them to the final of the Bay Premier... Read More
NELSON, NZ - Italy coach Nick Mallett was relieved to see his side sweep
past Russia 53-17 to leave them on course for a Pool C showdown with
Azzurri ran in nine tries, including two apiece for Tommaso Benvenuti and
Giulio Toniolatti, to secure a bonus point in a pool thrown wide open by
Australia’s defeat against the Irish.
"This was a nervous game for us... Read More
Australia isn’t taking the USA likely, especially now as they are right in
the middle of a physical World Cup, and have lost to Ireland.
Coaching coordinator David Nucifora said the video analysis of the Ireland
came wasn’t pleasant.
not pretty viewing,” Nucifora said. “It's not the most enjoyable part of
the job for the players or the coaches to review those sorts of... Read More
With less than a month to go before the Pan-Am Games being, reports are
that several new venues are not ready.
The Guadalajara Reporter reports that the new athletics stadium is only 85
percent complete, and venues for handball, karate, Basque pelota, rowing,
canoeing and rugby are all incomplete.
The deadline for the athletics stadium is very tight, as the opening
ceremonies... Read More