Ireland opens their World Cup on September 11 against a USA team with
nothing to lose that will also be playing on the 10th anniversary of the
9-11 terrorist attacks.
The Eagles will be fired up. Ireland, with many players facing their former
coach, USA Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan, will have their own motivations
above and beyond the need to win in a World Cup match.
"Eddie's... Read More
It's not all about the stats, but stats are fun anyway.
Here we look at some of the stats records in the World Cup, and who might
Points Career: Jonny Wilkinson, 249 Wilkinson has the all-time
record. He set it after scoring 67 in 2007 to pass the great Gavin Hastings
He will certainly have points-scoring opportunities playing... Read More
Francisco Golden Gate lock and No. 8 Samuela Manoa will start for the
Northampton Saints against Gloucester Sunday in the Aviva Premiership
opening weekend and his professional debut.
The Tongan-born lock, who played quarterback at DII Lincoln University in
Jefferson City, Mo., made his debut for the Eagles last November against
Saracens in London.
Manoa would... Read More
The Tukapa Rugby Club in Taranaki is planning a rugby game pre-Ireland v.
USA in New Zealand.
However, their original opponents, Olympic Club, can’t make it, so they are
looking for American opposition.
Any American players in Taranaki are encouraged to come out and play. The
club is hosting USA supporters throughout the week and have decorated their
club in red, white and blue... Read More
The International Rugby Board is considering an idea to include coach
challenges and television match officials to help decide questionable tries
in the IRB Sevens World Series.
The idea was proposed by USA Head Coach Al Caravelli. (Note: change
from original article - there had been discussion regarding a challenge
flag such as used in the NFL. That part is not, at present, under... Read More
national team manager Nikolay Nerush said some strange things today in a
release to the press.
Going against standard operating procedure for most test teams, Nerush went
public about injuries on the squad. He said the Russian team’s buildup for
the World Cup has been hampered by a series of injuries.
Nerush did not name the players injured, but did say they were not in... Read More
USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville has dismissed the latest press speculation
that he is leaving USA Rugby for supposedly greener pastures in the
A heavy round of tweets and reports the past few hours have indicated that
Melville has applied for the CEO job at the RFU (meaning, the English Rugby
Football Union). Melville told RUGBYMag.com Monday morning that this is not
the case... Read More
USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville has reportedly expressed
interest in the same job within the Rugby Football Union (England). The job
became open last week when former CEO John Steele was relieved of his
Melville, a former English captain, sent a Twitter message to RFU council
member Andrew Sarek saying, "I will apply for the ceo job, its what I have
been doing for the last 4... Read More
USA and Chicago Griffins center Andrew Suniula is reported to have signed
with the Cornish Pirates of the RFU Championship.
Suniula, who is with the USA team at the Churchill Cup, would be joining
the club this fall, most likely after the World Cup in September.
Serevi remembers what it was like to be an amateur rugby player
representing Fiji. He remembers what it was like when the game went
professional, and still Fiji struggled to support its team.
The all-time rugby 7s great sees now, in 2011, despite rugby being the
national sport of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, that their national teams are
still strapped for cash, and the... Read More