New USA Men’s 7s Head Coach Matt Hawkins has a few holes to fill in his
squad as various changes have affected his lineup of players.
Blaine Scully is under contract with
Leicester, so his 7s contract has reverted back to the USA team. As Hawkins
put it, “we hope he makes it work and doesn’t come back.” Meaning, of
course, they’d be happy to have Scully on the 7s team, but want... Read More
USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville took a shot Saturday when he Tweeted to Tim
Tebow that the recently-cut NFL player should try rugby.
Tebow, who won the 2007 Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback for the
University of Florida has become a polarizing figure in football because,
while teams he plays for seem to win when he is on the field, his technique
and abilities are not held in... Read More
Seattle-OPSB Head Coach Justin Fitzpatrick, who also coached the forwards
during the Collegiate All Americans during their tour of New Zealand, was
in attendance at the USA v. Canada match in Toronto, and apparently was
there is an educated observer.
Fitzpatrick, the former Ireland prop, has had his name bandied about as a
candidate to take over the USA forwards coach position. No... Read More
Among the players in the middle of the Eagle avalanche of losses is Shawn
The prop has been under fire at times for his
play, but can, at other times, put in some impressive performances. He is
not a big, powerful prop, but Pittman is very good on offense and can
move around the field Against Canada this past Saturday he was one of the
USA’s better players, active,... Read More
Because the USA lost their series to Canada, they will face Uruguay in a
two-game playoff in 2014 for the Americas 2 seed.
The winner of that series will be placed in the RWC Pool B with South
Africa, Samoa, Scotland, and the Asian champions, who will almost certainly
The Uruguay series is scheduled
at a time that will be very difficult for the Eagles. The first game... Read More
Head Coach Mike Tolkin will likely sit down with attack coach Tony Smeeth
and work up a better offensive approach. Eighty points in seven games will
not do the job, and Smeeth has to be under scrutiny for how the offense -
usually with a lot of possession - has performed.
Smeeth has to find something that gets the ball over the line - and it
seems obvious that getting more runners... Read More
If Chris Wyles had made the penalty goal with a minute left, or if the
Eagles had not turned the ball over at the end of the game, worked a couple
more phases, and kicked a drop goal, the USA would have beaten Canada
14-13, which would have been nice for USA fans, but would have shielded
some continuing deficiencies within the team.
Still, it was a better performance by the... Read More
Canada defeated the USA 13-11 in the second leg of the Rugby World Cup
Qualifier two-game series.
Canada wins the series 40-20, but perhaps the story of the game wasn't the
qualification - Canada had essentially sewn that up a week before - but how
close this match was... Read More
USA v Canada August 24 Live Blog.(Keep Refreshing)
Forty-five minutes to kickoff. You ever notice how Rugby Canada always
lists their players with their club and hometown, and USA Rugby
1. Shawn Pittman (Trinity) Ferndale, Wash.
2. Chris Biller (SFGG), San Francisco, Calif.
3. Eric Fry (London Scottish), Sacramento, Calif.
4. Louis Stanfill (Unattached... Read More
Here's a statistical breakdown of the August 17 USA v Canada
What we find interesting is that from many of the stats, if you looked at
them independent of the score, you might conclude that the USA had won. The
United States scored better on all set piece, had the majority of
possession, and kicked far less. The Eagles went through more phases than
Canada, and gave up... Read More