The USA U20s officially start their Junior World Championship buildup with
a two-game series against the Canadian U20s this week.
The teams will meet at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., and
this is the final opportunity for players to push for a place in the JWC
“We have to balance training and games,” said USA U20 Head Coach Jason
Kelly. “In a lot of ways we... Read More
The USA men’s 7s team accomplished two massively-important tasks Saturday
afternoon in Glasgow as they beat France 21-14 in their final pool game at
the Glasgow 7s.
The victory ended a 2-1 day for the Eagles, and a place in the Cup
Quarterfinals, and in addition, barring a miracle, they will have
guaranteed automatic core status for next season.
Scotland is yet to play their... Read More
The Eagles are pretty deep at loose forward, but Head Coach Mike Tolkin is
looking for some talent and depth in the front row and in second row.
Those players will have to show grit and toughness - Tolkin likes players
who don't back down. But they will also have to be precise in their work,
especially... Read More
All are painfully aware that as many as a dozen players who have long USA
histories are not in camp, mostly due to pro rugby commitments, and as such
these men are pushing for an already-dwindled number of spots.
The rain his the players hard on Saturday, and in fact the threat of
lightning... Read More
One is Glendale No. 8 Zac Pauga, the brother of Raptor center Justin Pauga.
He played in high school before becoming the most decorated fullback in
Colorado State history and signing with the Houston Texans as an undrafted
free agent. Pauga has been back playing rugby for about a year, and he’s
dropped the excess football weight and is playing well.
“He’s really working really,... Read More
The entire USA coaching staff will be on hand to examine essentially two
teams' worth of players. Of those expected to attend, only a handful are
Eagles of any regularity. The USA captain, Todd Clever, is not expected to be
Most of the players at camp have been discussed
in some detail in these pages. Among those that were not mentioned are two
young props - Life University's Zach Walker,... Read More
The USA men’s 7s team that will play at the Glasgow 7s and London 7s will
be named soon, with Alex Magleby potentially taking an extra player to
handle any injuries the team might meet along the way.
All teams are
finding out that the HSBC Sevens World Series has become more difficult to
negotiate. Teams that win or come close in the first of a pair of
tournaments are often... Read More
Head Coach Mike Tolkin would have very much liked to see some players in
action at the Showdown – players such as Patrick Latu, Liam Murphy, Phil
Thiel, Mike Te’o, and Adam Siddall. But, alas, it wasn’t to be. Tolkin made
it plain that he thinks the lack of that game isn’t a step backward so much
as a return to the starting point... Read More
With their best result in years having been achieved in Tokyo last month,
the Eagle men are expected to stand relatively pat with their squad list.
The only question is whether Blaine Scully is healthy
enough to be considered, and it seems that he is. Peter Tiberio has also
been training with the team, but it's likely he .won't be thrown back onto
the team so abruptly unless there... Read More