The USA Falcons capped off Day One of the NACRA 7s in Cayman Islands with a
31-0 shutout of Trinidad & Tobago.
Sparked by some nifty passing by Shalom Suniula the Falcons led early.
Suniula made a break and worked a nice switch move with one teammate and
then popped an excellent short back to Jack Halalilo for the opening try
and a 7-0 lead.
T&T got the ball back on the... Read More
The USA Falcons looked much better in their second match of the NACRA 7s in
Cayman Islands, beating Curacao 41-0 on the backs of an impressive
performance by Air Force standout Eric Duechle.
The big airman showed a nice sidestep and plenty of power in his running,
setting up a couple of early tries - one for Shalom Suniula and another for
Ryan Matyas - and scoring one in each half... Read More
Tai Enosa hyper-extended his elbow while playing in the USA Falcons' first
game at the NACRA 7s in Cayman Islands this Saturday.
Enosa went down during second-half action and is unlikely to play the rest
of the day. Sunday remains to be seen.
USA lock Scott LaValla is a late scratch for the USA team as he has been
dealing with an injury throughy the week.
LaValla was named to the lineup on Thursday, but was still subject to a
late fitness test. He will remain with the squad and be available for later
matches this month.
Graham Harriman, who was named on the bench, will move in to start at lock.
University of Utah's... Read More
The scoreline will read USA Falcons 34 and the Cayman Islands 5, but
Falcons Coach Tony Pacheco will not be happy with a sloppy, unfinished
performance by the Americans in their opening game of the NACRA 7s in
The Americans won easily because they are faster, stronger, and had Carlin
Isles to pass to, but the Falcons forced too many silly passes, and turned
the all... Read More
The USA team to face the Maori All Blacks is as home grown a
team as any we’ve seen. Of the squad of 23, 14 played high school rugby in
the USA, something we will continue to see more of.
And it’s an American style of play that will see the USA home with a
victory Saturday. They will need to be very aggressive, tough in tight, and
will need to be strong when keeping the ball in... Read More
USA MNT Head Coach Mike Tolkin has named his lineup to face the Maori All
Blacks Saturday evening at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
Todd Clever returns as captain, slotting in as blindside flanker. Nick
Wallace gets his first start at prop, while his former St. Mary's teammate,
Tim Maupin, gets his first senior USA start, coming in on the wing... Read More
The USA U20 men's team has been a source of intense questioning through
American rugby this fall.
The normal - or
at least most successful - cycle in previous years has been for a head
coach to be named and confirmed in the summer, allowing the staff to set up
schedules and team philosophy and recruit players. Given that players have
to give up time and money, as well as (often... Read More
Suniula and Nate Augspurger will co-captain the
squad that includes a mixture of regular USA players and some hoping to
break into the Eagles' World Series team. Suniula is coming off being
dropped for the Gold Coast 7s.
"Being dropped was one of the best things that could happen to me," Suniula
told RUGBYMag.com. "It allowed me to step back and reevaluate what I am
doing, and... Read More
The USA Men’s National Team got a bit of a day off Wednesday, after a
series of two-a-days starting on Sunday.
For Head Coach Mike Tolkin, those three days
may well be the most important of November. From now on he will be managing
the players and making sure they don’t get too beat up in practice. For the
first three days, he was able to run them hard.
It's a crucial time... Read More