American lock Samu Manoa starts once more for the Northampton Saints as
they clash with Sale Friday.
Manoa got some praise from teammate Christian Day this week, as the fellow
second row forward told the BBC that the American import has been a
"He arrived to fill Courtney Lawes' shirt as an explosive, dynamic second
row and he's more than done that,” said Day. "He's... Read More
JJ Gagiano sneaking past Elsom for
center Junior Sifa being bottled
Colin Hawley left in Quade Cooper's
As Queensland star Quade Cooper kicked off to open the match, no one gave
the Eagles much of a chance to compete, but they did... Read More
The USA has no chance against Australia, right?
Forget about the talk that it's a second team Aussie lineup - that's silly,
considering this group is no worse than the 16th through 30th best players
in Australia. Consider also that whenever a supposed 2nd Tier I team plays
the USA, the players in that group end up being World Cup final starters a
year or two later.
In 1999,... Read More
trying out for the Pan-Am Games 7s team will have to be fit, skilled, and
dedicated. And one more thing can certainly help – versatility.
Of the 19 players named to the Pan-Am pool, plus Mark Bokhoven, who has a
chance to prove his fitness in camp, most are able to play multiple
Backs such as Colin Hawley, Mike Palefau, James Paterson, Mile Pulu, Blaine... Read More
Usasz has a nickname on the USA squad, 50-50; it's based on how reliable
his stories are.
He's also called "The Russian" because of, officially, his presence. Or the
fact he can be a little aggressive maybe?
Either way, the Australian-born, quasi-Nebraskan Usasz is now the USA
captain against Australia. Nebraska? That's right. Part of the Usasz family
emigrated from... Read More
LSU finished second to Tennessee last
year. Clifton photo
the second-annual SEC 7s tournament Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. The winner
earns an automatic bid to the inaugural USA Rugby 7s national championship
in December. 11 of the 12 traditional SEC schools are sending a
hosts a fall tournament... Read More
Perennial national DII college contenders Middlebury, runners up last
spring and champions in 2007 and 2009, are now in DI, and have embraced the
This past weekend Middlebury entered DI competition for the first time, and
were edged 24-20 by University of Massachusetts.
It was a tough trial by fire for Middlebury, but one they needed.
“We’re happy= to be in DI... Read More
USA Head Coach Eddie O'Sullivan said Wednesday that the short turnaround
between Friday's match with Australia and the Eagles' September 27 match
with Italy did not influence his selections for the upcoming clash with the
“The short answer for that is no,” O’Sullivan said. “The way our games are
stacked, we had Ireland and Russia four days apart and it’s similar to... Read More
There have been three qualification tournaments for the inaugural USA Rugby
collegiate 7s national championship so far this fall, and thus three teams
have automatically qualified. But it’s probable none of the played
tournaments will provide an at-large team to the event.
South Independent Rugby Conference tournament Saturday in Tallahassee,
Fla., however, very well could... Read More
Rugby Magazine will be putting together its annual awards later this year,
and all of those are under lock and key, but it seems hard to imagine a
better candidate for Try of the Year than last Thursday’s effort against
try was of course the only one in the game, and it was the difference in a
13-6 decision. It came from a penalty against the Russians inside the USA... Read More