As always happens, a few players are dealing with injuries, while we should
also see some of the players who were out with injury or suspension (Roland
Suniula, Mate Moeakiola) come back.
Tolkin has been looking at some of the USA 7s team players, and
one of the guys he's mentioned previously is Folau Niua. The Californian
flyhalf could provide cover at #10, whihc remains a position where the USA... Read More
According to reliable reports, Matt Hawkins has the job, and is
working with the team now, and Dave Williams had moved into a manager
Hawkins, 30, was the team captain this past season. It's unclear whether he
will continue to play.
But Canada won the series. Why? Because that
one good half for Canada was a really, really bad one for the USA,
resulting in a 24-0 halftime lead for the boys in red that the Eagles could
not overcome. That game featured weird turnovers becoming tries, a red card
for Paul Emerick (that he probably would like to forget) and even a botched
presentation of the National Anthem (for which... Read More
The USA has defeated South Africa in the opening match of the Nation's Cup.
They followed up Canada's 29-25 defeat of England.
Both matches were held at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley,
South Africa was very dangerous with the ball in hand, but the USA size
advantage in the forwards helped control possession and secure a 35-22
victory for the Eagles.
USA... Read More
Tours for age-grade teams are mostly about education, and that certainly is
what the High School All Americans tour of Argentina was about.
Head Coach Salty Thompson went into the trip thinking his relatively young
squad (more than half were underclassmen and most... Read More
Lost in all the talk about the scrums and the mauls, the High School All
The HSAA threequarters have shown flashes of danger, but haven’t completely
come together, and need to in their final match Saturday against
this would be the toughest game,” captain Calvin Whiting said after
Wednesday’s loss to Argentina. “The big difference... Read More
The High School All Americans will finish their tour of Argentina with
their second game against the Argentina U18s Saturday.
The HSAAs are 1-2 so far, having lost a close one to Cordoba Academy,
beaten that same Cordoba Academy, and then lost big to Argentina U18s on
Wednesday. The forwards know they have a job to do.
“We just talk about being aggressive,” said Ignatius HS of... Read More
The High School All Americans have selected their lineup to face the
Argentina U18s in the final match of the American team's four-match tour of
the Land of the Pumas.
Captain Calvin Whiting sits out with a
hamstring strain, which allows Jimmy Wolfer to slot in at flyhalf for the
first time. Head Coach Salty Thompson has made eight changes from the squad
that lost 57-9 to... Read More
Sobered somewhat by their 57-9 loss to the Argentina U18s, Salty Thompson's
High School All Americans prepare to retool for a second go-around on
"I think the guys just realized what the challenges are," said Thompson,
whose team went 1-1 against the Cordoba Academy before taking on los
Pumitas. "I think if you look at the principles of play, I think
possession-wise we... Read More
U18 team defeated the High School All Americans 57-9 Wednesday in Cordoba.
The teams will meet up again on Saturday.
HSAA flyhalf Ben Cima kicked three penalties for the tourists. The
Americans worked to impose their physical dominance, and at times they did.
But Argentina did well to play strong defense and turn the ball over.
Flyhalf Matias Ferro scored... Read More