Fiji - The Shangri-La USA Falcons men's 7s team have started the Coral
Coast 7s 1-1 on Thursday.
Paced by two excellent tries from Carlin Isles, the USA beat Coastal 28-19
in their opening match. In their second game, however, they were leading
right on full time and a turnover allowed Army to score and win
The Falcons were led by Mike Ziegler, who played very well for... Read More
One of the most important skills in test matches is goalkicking, and over
the past several years that aspect of play has been a huge question-mark
for the USA.
Of late, Chris Wyles looks to have nailed down the job, but through various
experiments (Nese Malifa, James Paterson, Andrew Suniula) the role has
constantly been in flux.
As a result, Head... Read More
Confidential reports indicate that players who have left the team with
injuries have received second opinions on their conditions, and could be back
much faster than originally thought.
Those players will still miss Georgia, but could be back to play Russia in
London just before Thanksgiving.
USA 7s player Miles Craigwell has flown out to Fiji to join the USA Falcons
team at the Coral Coast 7s in Fiji.
Craigwell replaced Tai Enosa, who injured himself in the opening match of
the NACRA 7s in Cayman Islands. The Falcons are also taking a good, hard
look at Eric Deuchle. The big forward was a powerful presence on Day One at
NACRA, but was hurt and could not be used on Day... Read More
The USA team stopped off for a long layover in Munich before traveling on
to Tbilisi. While in Munich the Eagles got to see some historic and scenic
sights, stretching their legs on the long trip and relaxing a little.
There is plenty of history in Tbilisi, too, in a city that is 1,534 years
old and overwhelmed with feral cats... Read More
The Classic Eagles over 33 USA team has just upset Australia 15-12 at the
World Rugby Classic in Bermuda.
Details to come, but the result puts the USA in the semifinals along with
Argentina (who beat Canada 33-20 Saturday) and the Classic Lions (who
beat Italy 21-0 on Saturday) and South Africa, who beat France 15-0
Those semis are to be held Wednesday.
USA flyhalf Toby L'Estrange is done for the rest of the year, as ligament
damage in his foot qill require surgery.
The NYAC outside half will have to work hard to get back into full fitness
for the start of the NYAC's spring 2014 season.
"Very disappointing personally to have missed
out on the end of the game on Saturday," said L'Estrange, who came off in
the second half of... Read More
The chickens came home to roost for the USA Falcons as they struggled to
finish off good possession in the final of NACRA 7s, and fell to the
Canadian Maple Leafs 27-5.
The Falcons almost secured the opening kickoff, but the crashing to the
ground, Jack Halalilo couldn't hold on, and that was a harbinger of the
game. Canada attacked down the weakside from the ensuing scrum, and... Read More
Scott LaValla and Toby L'Estrange will play no further part in this set of
November USA matches.
LaValla was a
game-day decision against the Maori All Blacks, but a neck issue ruled him
out - Graham Harriman took his place at short notice and had his best game
yet for the USA.
LaValla is being held out of the rest of the USA games as a precautionary
L'Estrange,... Read More