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
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
From the Kelly perspective, it’s a nod to his form. The Cal captain has
been playing well, capping off his season with an MVP performance at the
CRC. Early in the morning the day after receiving that award, he was
hustling out to the airport in Philadelphia with Cam Dolan and Colton
Cariaga to join the Eagle camp. And from there he has just gone from
strength to strength.
So he’s... Read More
Walker already had backed away from coaching the
15s team in favor of Ray Egan. Former Eagle 7s player Peter Sio will take
over the Belmont Shore 7s team for this summer, and Walker, who remains a
club officer, will help him in the transition.
Walker told RUGBYMag.com that he is concentrating more and more on the
Tiger Rugby program, which is planning as many as 12 overseas trips... Read More
For several Eagles, Saturday will be
their first to play, start or be on the bench for a tier one test.
“It’s a great opportunity. It’s a great
challenge. I’m really looking forward to it,” said Toby L’Estrange, who’s
slated to start at flyhalf. “It’s something you’ve wanted to do your whole
life, get the opportunity to play these sort of teams, so can’t wait for
L’... Read More
Universal Sports will premier USA Rugby Rising Saturday night, a new
half-hour show with six episodes that takes an inside look at the USA
national rugby teams.
The first two episodes will premier on Saturday, June 8 at 7:30pm EST and
8:00pm EST, right before the USA v. Ireland game, the coverage of which
begins at 8:30pm.
Episodes 1 and 2 follow the Men's Eagles in training... Read More
Head Coach Mike Tolkin tested a bunch of players against Glendale, several
out of position. He was using the game to see how players would do in the
system and under pressure. Several didn't do so well. OK, lesson learned.
But the Eagles that will play Ireland will be seasoned players, for the
most part.... Read More
MAY PREVIEW: This month, Rugby Magazine checks in on a couple of
FEATURESThe Utah Story: The University of
Utah almost found its program made defunct. RUGBY tracks the entire story,
and looks as who might have been at fault. We also look at a university
team that got itself out of trouble, and how they did it.
The Breaking Away: In his column Pat Clifton... Read More
But what about Samuela
Manoa, who also joins the Eagles in Houston after playing with Northampton
in the Aviva Premiership final and with the Barbarians against the British
& Irish Lions? He hasn't played with the Eagles much, ever, and hasn't
been a part of the Eagles setup for two years, since the Eddie O'Sullivan
era. Can he come right in and assimilate with the team?
"I... Read More