A chunk of this team has already been picked – or picks itself. But there are
some questions to answer, namely:
What will they do at hooker, since it appears that Chris Biller is on his way
How many props will they take, and did anyone make enough of an impression to
be a serious Eagle candidate over the incumbents?
What’s going on at lock, given the fact that both Brian Doyle and Lou... Read More
The USA Selects team at the ARC performed about as well as could be
expected, and that’s good news.
They were in a position to beat Argentina, beat Canada soundly, and then
defeated Uruguay – well enough – to take 2nd.
Surely the Americans wanted to score four
tries against Uruguay to clinch 2nd without having to wait for
the Canada v. Argentina game, but the good news... Read More
The USA Selects kick off against Uruguay A at
3pm PT, 6pm ET. A bonus-point win clinches 2nd in the ARC for the Americans
(Argentina has already clinched 1st). If the USA and Canada (who kick off
against the Argentina Jaguars at 5pm/8pm) tie on standings points, then the
USA has the tiebreaker over the Canadians.
Injury time: USA turning over the ball and just waiting for... Read More
The USA Selects cannot win the Americas Rugby Championship, as Argentina
has recorded two bonus-point victories, leaving them six points ahead of
both the USA and Canada with one game to go.
But the Americans can indeed finish 2nd. All they need to do is
beat Uruguay and hope Canada doesn’t pass them by... Read More
You can’t really say Joe Cowley came out of nowhere to help the USA Selects
beat Canada Selects on Tuesday; Cowley has been a key performer for Life
University in their run to a 2013 DIA title and their 2nd-place
finish in the CRC.
But, after getting his first senior high
performance start on Tuesday, and after being asked to step in as the
goalkicker, whereupon he went 6-7 on... Read More
He'd seen it done enough on the other side of the ball, so he was happy to
see it happen for his team.
Former St. Mary's All American Tim Maupin knows what it's like to see Danny
Barrett thunder through defenses for Cal and break the hearts of his
On Tuesday, Barrett did that for the USA Selects.
"Yeah," laughed Maupin. "It was nice... Read More
The USA men's 7s program will be sending a team to several tournaments not
in the IRB Sevens World Series.
second team (although USA Head Coach Matt Hawkins does not care for that
term) will play as the Falcons and will serve as a proving ground for
players hoping to earn more time on the IRB circuit.
Hawkins said players who didn't make the USA team will be on the... Read More
Getting a chance to lift a trophy, even the fourth-tier trophy, the Shield,
is always nice, but perhaps the greater significance for the USA Men’s 7s
team was that they finished 3-3, and won a couple of games to earn more
than the minimum number of points.
But the trophy? That didn’t seem to
”Did we accomplish something? Yeah, we got three of our really young
players... Read More
USA Head Coach Mike Tolkin was very pleased to see one of his teams get a
For the USA Selects, this was the team’s first victory in the ARC since
2011, and a very welcome one.
“The boys played with passion, and had better width, launch on defense, and
better tackling,” said the coach.
They took the heart the admonitions from Tolkin and forwards coach Justin... Read More
The USA Selects defeated the Canada Selects 30-10 in Round Two of the
Americas Rugby Championship, putting both teams at 1-1.
This was undoubtedly one of the best performances by a USA senior men's 15s
team in some time.
Canada began the game on the front foot, pinning the Americans in their own
22 for most of the first ten minutes... Read More