USA Men's 15s Head Coach Mike Tolkin will pare down his squad Sunday night
and Monday to face Canada for the World Cup Qualifiers.
All of the players, including the overseas pros, are in camp now:
Luke... Read More
Three pools produced undefeated winners Saturday at Founder’s Field in
Pittsburgh, Pa. NOVA escaped a competitive Pool B 3-0, the D.C. Furies
posted a really lopsided win and a couple of tough victories in Pool C and
the Berkeley All Blues managed two shutouts in their 3-0 run of Pool D.
The one pool champion to falter were... Read More
Andrew Suniula joined the USA camp Friday, and he will reunited with his
brother Roland on the 15s Eagles (the youngest Suniula, Shalom, is of
course with the USA 7s team).
“It’s good to see Roland back in the picture,” said Andrew. “It will be
interesting to see how he fits in. The key thing is for everyone to be on
the same page, and we won’t be starting from scratch as we have... Read More
This could be a good things for the Eagles, as they have struggled to avoid
penalties when it comes to the hit of the old scrum. The new variations call
for props to bind onto their opposite before the engagement - a variation
that harkens back to the older days of rugby, and one that makes for a more
stable start to the scrum.
In addition, the push doesn't happen until the ball is put in. This... Read More
Twenty-two players are in the assembly, while four more are expected on
Friday, and the remaining overseas props arrive Saturday or Sunday.
That will expand the group to 31, and therefore
Head Coach Mike Tolkin will need to whittle the group down to 26 by
The players have been going through a series of basic sessions, showing all
the national team approach to attack and defense. A few... Read More
Brian Doyle has been a big part of Super League Champions; the NYAC lock
forward doesn’t lose much, and doesn’t like it when he does, but he was the
starting second row for the Eagles as they lost five in a row in
Now, he looks ahead to the World Cup Qualifiers against Canada, August 17
at Blackbaud Stadium in... Read More
Matt Hawkins met with players last week and contacted a few more who were
out of the country to ensure they were the first to know about Hawkins
taking the USA 7s team coaching job.
reported earlier in RUGBYMag.com Premier, Hawkins may well work as a
player-coach – that hasn’t been confirmed, but he said playing is not the
priority, coaching is.
This coming weekend, Hawkins... Read More
Having slogged through the thunderstorms then the heat and altitude in
Greeley, Colo. to beat both South Africa and Canada, the USA women’s 15s
team has very little rest before taking on England on Wednesday.
At least England has the short turnaround, too.
“We’re pretty excited about the win,” said prop Hope Rogers. “We felt we
needed to put Canada... Read More
The USA v Canada women’s Nations Cup match Sunday hinged on some huge plays
in giving the Eagles the 29-17 victory, their largest margin of victory
Each of these key plays could have resulted in the USA team folding its
tent and allowing the aggressive Canadians to take control. They never
Key play #1.... Read More
Hawkins was in discussions with USA Rugby CEO
Nigel Melville during the late spring regarding the job, and initially
intended to give up playing in order to be coach.
But over the last couple of months, discussions have included the prospect of
him continuing to play.
"As I've said previously, I will do whatever the program needs," said
Hawkins, who is 30 and sits behind only Shalom Suniula as... Read More