Phil Thiel is hoping to cement his position as the top USA hooker in a
competitive group of three. Slated to start against Russia in the Churchill
Cup’s final match, he had to pull out because of a late injury.
Now he is in the starting lineup for sure this time as the Eagles take on
Canada in Toronto.
“Camp is good, very physical,” said the Life University student. “Guys are... Read More
had received a dispensation to join camp late for personal reasons, but
during his time away he is expected to suit up for the Utah Warriors this
weekend at the National 7s Club Championships.
Apparently, while USA Coach Eddie O'Sullivan has said nothing about being
upset that Palefau would play in a tournament just before joining the Eagle
assembly, the absence... Read More
Wednesday afternoon, RUGBYMag.com received this message from Sean
Whalen, owner of the Utah Warriors:
"Mike Palefau WILL be playing for the Warriors this weekend. He WILL be in
San Francisco with the team," referring to the Club 7s Nationals held
Saturday and Sunday.
Palefau is listed in the 36-man Eagles pool for the pre-World Cup tests
against Canada and Japan, but not the 22-... Read More
The Woodlands Exiles, champions of the West, may not be attending Club 7s
Nationals Saturday and Sunday. Word is they may not be making the trip to
San Francisco due an inability to comply with the new eligibility rule that
requires a team to have 10 players who qualify for the 7s Eagles, based on
The Exiles, who submitted a roster of just 10 for Nationals, applied... Read More
Maybe, maybe not says USA 7s Heac Coach Al Caravelli.
“The whole level of play is going up,” said Caravelli. “But the fitness
level is disappointing. Guys have got to pick it up if they want to play
for the national team.”
Caravelli said players have no one to look at but themselves when it comes
“The more fit players are, the more time we can spend in camp... Read More
The Otago Highlander missed the last portion of the Super 15 season with a
pectoral muscle injury. He is still not 100 percent.
However, USA Head Coach Eddie O'Sullivan named Paterson in his squad for
the two matches against Canada and the test August 21 against Japan.
O'Sullivan has said he will not pick Paterson, who plays center, wing and
fullback, for the Eagles unless... Read More
This year’s National Club 7s Championships is more lopsided than many, with
Pool A containing four teams that not only could be considered contenders
to win their pool, but four teams good enough to win it all.
Chicago Lions were clearly Midwest champions. Utah Warriors were brilliant
in their winning of the Pacific Coast. San Francisco Golden Gate defeated
defending national... Read More
If a pro 7s circuit could be created, there would be some outstanding young
coaches available to step in to lead these teams and, hopefully, serve as
candidates for future national team positions.
Kevin Imonje is doing an outstanding job in Boston, and Jone Naqica, new to
coaching this summer, has stepped up also. What about Jason Pye,
co-architect of the University of Utah’s... Read More
Eagles assemble next week to prep for their tests with Canada and Japan,
and they’ve all been training heavily already. Some have done so on their
own, and a bevy of them have come together in Denver to create a camp-like
environment. One Eagle who’s gone a different route altogether is prop Will
During the Churchill Cup, Johnson realized he most likely wouldn’t be... Read More
Rugby clubs are always looking for ways to legitimize themselves. Their own
field, their own clubhouse, a regular source of income can all attract
players and, ultimately, dollars.
But not every club looks to get into the landlord business. In Chicago, the
Chicago Lions have done just that. The club operates a small apartment
complex on the Northwest side of the city, providing... Read More