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NYAC and Xavier HS coach was named the new Eagles head man this past week,
becoming the USA’s 5th head coach since 2005.
Club Commitments. Tolkin will be stepping down as Head Coach of NYAC and Xavier HS, helping both team’s find a suitable replacement. He will take on the USA coaching job full-time, and will spend this spring traveling to various venues to scout teams and players in person.
Pattern of Player. Tolkin’s Eagle teams will be working very hard on the set piece. Building on what has been a good lineout platform, the USA is expected to be hitting the scrums extremely hard. (This is of little surprise to RUGBYMag.com regulars, as RuggaMatrix America co-host Bruce McLane is an adamant advocate of strong scrum play, and is one of Tolkin’s oldest friends.)
Also key on the list for Tolkin will be kicking skills, both for territory and for points.
A salary has not been finalized, but all indications are that Tolkin’s pay will be significantly lower than that of Eddie O’Sullivan – a point of contention among many team observers.
Likewise, a staff of assistants has not been finalized (Tolkin and
USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville are meeting this coming week), but expect
there to be some holdovers from 2011 and one or two changes, as well.
Tolkin has not selected a captain, and probably won’t for a while. He has spoken with Todd Clever, who has captained the side since 2008.
The Eagles domestic players will likely have a camp sometime this spring, and this week Tolkin and Melville will map out how long he can assemble the players for the test matches in June.
The USA is slated to play Canada in Kingston, Ont. June 9, followed by Georgia June 16 (most likely in Glendale, Colo.) and Italy June 23 (to be decided).
Then in November they will tour Europe, playing Tier II European nations and possibly on Tier I nation.