The USA 7s team wrapped up the business portion of their sojourn to Seattle
Wednesday with a four-period scrimmage against the Serevi Selects.
The scrimmage, held at Magnuson Park in Seattle, was well-attended by fans,
and featured a close contest. The game itself was mostly touch, rather than
full tackle. USA Head Coach Alex... Read More
In the last 102 years of American international rugby, the United States
has played 63 matches against Tier I opposition.
That measurement alone is not set in stone – we at RUGBYMag.com have
included Samoa and Argentina in this list, even though one could argue
Argentina wasn’t a Tier I nation through the entirety of the 1990s. We also
have not... Read More
England pummeled the USA U20s 109-0 in the final round of pool play at the
Junior World Championships in France.
The English were bigger, faster, and much more organized. Led by a huge
back three of Ben Howard, Henry Purdy and Ollie Devoto, England had the
athleticism to run through tacklers and run around them, also. As a result,
the USA players had to commit two and three... Read More
He picked Maka Unufe and Mike Palefau in place of Luke Hume and Blaine
Scully. Hume is with the USA 15s team, and was seen limping off against
Ireland anyway, while Scully is injured. So neither was dropped – more they
have issues keeping them away from the squad, and, fortunately for Magleby,
there are players available.
Palefau is an experienced player who can slot
in at almost any position. He... Read More
Luke Hume left the USA v. Ireland test match with a limp and his ankle was
iced while he sat on the sidelines. It’s highly likely that he will not start
against Tonga on Friday.
Look instead for James Paterson to regain his spot
on the left wing.
In addition, it’s likely Samu Manoa, who was such a force for the Eagles
against the Irish, will take a break before the World Cup Qualifiers... Read More
second year in a row, a record crowd has attended a June Eagle test at BBVA
Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. 20,181 turned out to watch the Eagles
fall to Ireland,15-12, Saturday, the most for any domestic test or 15s
match. Last June, 17,214 watched the USA lose to Italy, 30-10.
The previous record is disputed, but many believe it was around 16,000 for
a 2001... Read More
The United States lost to Ireland by three, and at least 6
Irish points were a direct result of American penalties at the scrum.
“It’s tough operating that way because immediately you’re either three
points down on the board or you’re 30-40 meters downfield. Not the way we
wanted to start. We’ll have to look at that aspect,” said USA head coach
Mike Tolkin, who didn’t... Read More
In a game that was much more interesting than you might expect from a
tryless rugby game, Ireland edged the USA 15-12 in front of a large crowd
at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston Saturday evening.
All of the points came from penalty kicks, and penalties played a huge part
in this game, as the Eagles, who... Read More
Ireland leads the USA 12-6 at halftime of their test match at a crowded
BBVA Compass Stadium.
All of the points have come from penalty kicks, with Irish flyhalf Ian
Madigan slotting four, and USA fullback Chris Wyles getting two.
The USA has actually come the closest to scoring a try, but has been
plagued by penalties in the scrum.
But there is more than just blind rotation factored into the
choice of Petri over Shaw for the USA scrumhalf job this weekend against
One aspect is that Petri is a really strong tackler. His defense might well
be a key factor in Saturday evening’s game at BBVA Compass Stadium, as he
will need to contain a shifty Isaac Boss.
Offensively Petri has a big role, too. Key in... Read More