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
USA scrumhalf Mike Petri says the recent USA Selects results at the ARC
will have an effect on the full Eagles’ confidence.
“It’s good to
see any national team win,” Petri told RUGBYMag.com. “And that’s especially
true when you know you’re going to play with those guys. From watching the
games it looks as if the system’s starting to grab hold. The guys who came
back to the NYAC... Read More
USA 7s flyhalf Folau Niua is expected to have a very busy November.
While USA 7s Head Coach Matt Hawkins stopped short of saying Niua is a
shoe-in to return to the team for the World Series tournaments in Dubai and
South Africa, he did say “Folau is our #1 goalkicker and our #1 creator.
He’s our go-to guy at this point.”
Niua has also been selected to play for the
USA 15s team... Read More
The USA 7s program will send a Falcons team to the North American Caribbean
Rugby Association (NACRA) Championships in the Cayman Islands next week,
and that team is all but settled.
USA Head Coach Matt Hawkins has selected a team of players pushing for a
USA position in the Sevens World Series, or who just need more playing
time. Hawkins will not coach the team, leaving that to... Read More
The All-time Green Bay Packer rushing leader and a two-time National
Champion running back at Nebraska, Ahman Green, spent Wednesday and
Thursday with the 7s Eagles at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista,
Calif. He has flirted with the idea of playing rugby since the Al Caravelli
era, and the 36-year-old finally had his baptism in the sport.
“He’s very interested in... Read More
in addition, some other players who have been knocking on the door, plus a
few familiar faces, should get a look.
player availability is an issue for some because of their day jobs or
school. Look for a couple of other surprises, too.
But perhaps the most significant change in the Men's Eagles 15s team is in
the coaching staff. Justin Fitzpatrick may have been auditioning as... Read More
USA Rugby confirmed Wednesday what many in the American rugby community
have known for some time, that BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas would
host USA vs. Scotland next June. The game is slated for June 7, 2014.
“For the past two years we have enjoyed the incredible
atmosphere of Houston and BBVA Compass Stadium,” said USA Rugby CEO and
President of Rugby Operations Nigel... Read More
Green Bay Packers all-time rushing leader and former Nebraska Cornhusker
running back Ahman Green is at the Olympic Training Center to play 7s,
according to a tweet from USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville.
“Welcome to the Olympic Training Center @AhmanGreen30,” tweeted Melville.
“look forward to you playing Rugby 7's this week!”
While this will be Green’s first public foray into... Read More