The Big Chip In for Christchurch

Christchurch is still going through a rough time, having been hit by more than 7,400 earthquakes since September of last year. On Friday, people are asked to show a bit of solidarity. Even famous All Black Andrew Hore is chipping in.

This from Rebuild Christchurch: Christchurch and her people have had it rough over the last 10 months, and we want to make sure they know they’re in our thoughts.

On Friday 15 July, we want everyone in New Zealand to chip in and do something for someone in Christchurch.

It might be ringing a Christchurch friend to brighten up their day, placing an order with a Canterbury-based business, or getting your workmates to all wear red and black as a show of support. It doesn’t matter what it is you choose to do, big or small, as long as you chip in!

We’re calling it The Big Chip In For Christchurch and we want as many people involved as possible so tell your friends, spread the word and start thinking about what YOU can do to back Red & Black on Friday15 July.

It might be ringing a Christchurch friend to brighten up their day, placing an order with a Canterbury-based business, or getting your workmates to all wear red and black as a show of support.

It doesn’t matter what it is you choose to do, big or small, as long as you chip in!

Men’s Collegiate All-Americans Vs. New Zealand Universities Match #1


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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The 22 Men’s Collegiate All-Americans set to suit up against the New Zealand Universities Touring side on Saturday have been named.  The game will kick off on Saturday July 9, 2011 at 3 p.m. at The Little Q, the home of Old Mission Bay Athletic Club (OMBAC).

The All-Americans have been in camp this week at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. to prepare for the Series.

In addition to rugby-specific skill work and training, the All-Americans visited a Navy training center in the area and took part in a workout used by the elite operations force, the Navy SEALS.

The All-Americans will play two more matches after Saturday’s fixture.  The last two matches will take place on July 13 at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif. and Steuber Rugby Stadium in Stanford on July 16.

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Clever Game: Eagles With The Win

Ian Muir Photo

This was a highly anticipated game. This was the match to watch as a preview for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. USA Wins it!  32-25 win over Russia! Try Time coming from Paul Emerick, Andrew Suniula, Todd Clever, and Tai Enosa.  Man of the Match: Nese Malifa.

Clever showed up as a true captain in this match, providing key tackles and capitalizing on a missed pass by Russia for a daring try! This is was exactly the type of leadership that the Eagles were looking for. Meanwhile, Nese Malifa provided a glorious foot and supplied key passes throughout the match. Great team work from all of the boys. Cal Golden Bears Alumni in full force out on the pitch today as well: Louis Stanfill, Chris Biller, Blaine Scully. Hawley & Fry.

 The Eagles look to hold a huge psychological advantage over Russia going into the world cup, winning the last 3 matches against them including this match at The Churchill Cup.

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Highlights Below:

Eagles ready for Russia

By Jarrod Beckstrom, USA Rugby

WORCESTER, England – Eagles Head Coach, Eddie O’Sullivan, has made four changes to his starting team ahead of Saturday’s important clash with Russia at Sixways Stadium.

The USA v. Russia match will kick off at 7:00 a.m. ET on June 18 and will be broadcast live online at and on tape delay on Universal Sports at 12 p.m. ET. Both the USA and Russia know there is more to this match than meets the eye, as the next time these two teams will see each other will be on September 15 on the world’s biggest stage, the Rugby World Cup.

The last time these two countries faced off in June of 2010, the Eagles ran out 39-22 winners. The Eagles will, however, be without veteran fullback Chris Wyles (Saracens) and wing Taku Ngwenya (Biarritz), who both scored tries in that victory, and also Hayden Smith (Saracens), Samu Manoa (San Francisco Golden Gate) and Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie).

The Eagles will be looking for more consistency in their play, with many of the combinations tested last week having another opportunity to work together. Read more of this post

Salty: U.S. rugby is on the move

Guinness or Genius? Well, maybe. Rugby veteran and international player? Yes. U.S. Eagles Coach with years of experience? Yes. A healthy appetite for a few pints of Guinness? Most Definitely!

Click For Bio catches up with Salty Thompson,       U.S. All-American High School coach, fresh from a weekend of recruiting and recent return from the Collegiate Rugby Cup in Philadelphia. From the reactions we got, the Sevens tournament was a huge success all across the board. Its coverage dwarfed the USA Eagles game that week in England. Quite amazing! Why do you think it got so much attention? Will it have an effect on Olympic 7′s?

Salty: The Sevens on NBC was a big deal. NBC as the Olympic network really promoted the Olympic inclusion in 2016. Their production is first class and they’ve really helped get the game some profile. Average people are seeing 7s and talking about it. Will this increase attention for U.S. Rugby in a public sense and are you seeing growth in rugby as whole across the states?

Salty: I just came back from recruiting the Midwest Age Grade Select tournaments (the best high school players representing Illinois, Indiana, Iowa). The growth in high school rugby is phenomenal across the country. This coming weekend we have selectors at All Star playoffs in Denver, Pittsburgh, Seattle (central Washington). We use these events to select for the USA High School All American camps and eventual games. Not sure if you’ve been following the Eagles at the Churchill Cup this past week, suffering grueling defeats from both England Saxons and Tonga. As an international player and Eagles coach on many levels, any comments on their play? Things they are or aren’t doing?

Salty: The Eagles have struggled in the Churchill Cup. The gap between domestic and international competition is huge at all levels. We are comparable in our world rankings at both, age and grade, u20s and senior Eagles. Countries put a huge emphasis on playing internationals while we are often held back by a number of factors. Is this a preview for the World Cup? They are scheduled to play Russia this weekend, any predictions? What do they need to work on before this game? This game is getting a lot of hype and is a precursor for their World Cup match-up, what would be your game plan coming into this match?

Salty: You can watch the USA u20s v Russia at This was a close loss to Russia in Georgia at the World Trophy. I expect a similar close contest between the Eagles and the Russian men. Russia has made significant progress in 7s recently where we still have a better pedigree. They are attracting better athletes, as we are. I coached against them in 2007 in the World Juniors and we won 6-0 with a good team captained by Scott Lavalla and Shawn Pittman, current Eagles (player) Zack Test was also on that team. Should be an interesting game! Cheers Salty! And the Eagles will meet the Russian Bear in the Bowl final of the Churchill Cup on Saturday, June 18, in England. Check our Twitter feed @usrugbynz for updates of the game and as well for paid coverage. Here is a little refresher of last year’s match up:

USA-Russia – prequel to the showdown

In a dress rehearsal for the highly anticipated USA-Russia Rugby World Cup game on Sept. 15, the Eagles will meet the Russian Bear in the Bowl final of the Churchill Cup on Saturday, June 18, in England.

The Russians came back ferociously against Italy A over the weekend, but lost 24-19. That meant the Russians, like the U.S., have yet to win a game in the Churchill Cup. Both teams are focusing intensely on their New Plymouth clash during the RWC, as both believe it is a contest they can win. For a game that looked innocuous to Kiwi schedulers a while back, this clash is taking on a bit of hype and should be a fiercely contested match.

The USA Eagles put a bit of a hurting on the Russians in last year’s Churchill Cup contest, winning 39-22, but the Russians have been training hard and are focusing on the RWC as a way to highlight and promote their sport back home and to the world.

How U.S. students came to play Rugby in Wellington

A Rugby team from the Golden Bear, the training ship of the California Maritime Academy, took on the Fighting Billy Goats of Victoria University earlier this month. Almost 300 sailed into Wellington aboard the Golden Bear and took full advantage of the sights and sounds of the capital. A large crowd watched the game, won 34-4 by the Billy Goats, at the historic old Basin Reserve ground. Here’s what a couple of the Cal Maritime Keelhaulers’ players and their coach had to say about their time – and the game – in Wellington.

Eagles wilt against Tonga

While USA Eagles kept it close in the first half – and even had the chance to go ahead before the whistle – Tonga pulled away in the second to hand the Eagles their second defeat of the Churchill Cup.

Viliami Iongi scored four tries himself and almost single handedly nailed shut the Eagles Churchill Cup coffin. Paul Emerick was the lone try scorer for the U.S.

The 44-13 loss was a disappointment, as the Eagles fielded a stronger team for this fixture.The Eagles will have one more game on Saturday – against yet-to-be-named opponents – to salvage something useful out of this tournament.

Adrian Pratt, Rugby USA

Eagles look for redemption against Tonga

Courtesy of USA Eagles

Surrey, ENGLAND – Eagles Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan has rung the changes to his Churchill Cup squad ahead of the Tonga clash on Wednesday at Moseley Road.  The Eagles will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live at and on tape delay on Universal Sports at 8 p.m. ET.

The USA went down 87-8 in their Churchill Cup opener against a powerful England Saxons team. O’Sullivan used mostly domestic players for that encounter, giving them exposure to top international rugby.

“We have made 13 changes from the Saxons game. We always planned to select our best available team for the Tonga game, as it is a full ranking test,” said O’Sullivan.

Returning to the fold this week are several veteran Eagles, led by Suntory Sungoliath’s Todd Clever. In the backline, only Colin Hawley remains from the Saxons game, and moves from jersey number 14 to 11. Kevin Swiryn has been playing in the physical Top 14 competition in France for Agen and is back on the right wing for the USA. Read more of this post

2011 CRC Results: Darmouth and Army Women’s Rugby

Courtsey of USA 7s

Dartmouth College put a stranglehold on the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship final and didn’t let go, slicing up an outstanding Army outfit to the tune of 32-10 to win the title Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

Dartmouth received the kickoff and were brilliant in their patience. Nick Downer burst through from his own 22 for a half-break that put Big Green on the front foot and they simply worked their way down the field, making small inroads, consolidating on the ruck, and working again.

More on their results here.

courtesy of USA 7s

Reigning DI national champion Army is now the closest thing the country has to a women’s collegiate 7s champion, having put away Penn State 14-5 in the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship title match.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Army captain Jess Sexauer (seen hoisting the trophy in photo right) said. “Our program is so new that it’s crazy to come so far so soon. We’re graduating 10 seniors this year, so next year will be a change, but this was our year. It was one of our goals from the beginning of the year. We knew both national championships were doable.”   More on their amazing story here.



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