Former Las Vegas star and capped Eagle Seta Tuilevuka is looking forward to getting back on the field for Montpellier in the French Top 14 in a couple of weeks.
The center has been struggling to come back from a groin injury that has been – as most groin injuries are – slow to heal.
“It’s been very frustrating,” Tuilevuka told RUGBYMag.com. “But now I’ve been able to train with the team and that’s been better.”
Tuilevuka played one match for Montpellier’s Espoires side, and played well, and now just needs to strength his legs to get time with the 1st 15.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time working on upper-body strength and putting on weight,” he said. “Now when I train I spend about 30 minutes stretching out to make sure everything is relaxed. Hopefully in about two weeks I will be able to play. The coaches are happy with me, and I have been doing a lot of film analysis and we really want to play soon.”
Tuilevuka was capped by the USA against Portugal about a year ago, but didn’t play his best. At the time he felt he didn’t fit into the USA pattern. But now he has a different outlook.
“Things were still new to me as far as being a professional player,” Tuilevuka said. “I was still learning about adjusting to different things. Being a professional player has opened up my mind to adjusting to different ways of playing. My coach has told me how sometimes things don’t adjust to you, you adjust to them. So I’ve been working on that, and if the USA wants me to play I’ll be more than willing to play.”
But the first order of business is getting back on the field. Montpellier is in the middle of the pack in the Top 14, and cold use Tuilevuka’s attacking flair to move up. On December 23 they take on Toulouse, and Tuilevuka is hoping to be in the squad for that match, and if not that one, then a week later against Racing Metro.
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The United States opened pool play in South Africa with its fourth-straight pool loss, falling 26-7 to England.
England's James Rodwell opened scoring in the second minute with a try which Marcus Watson converted. Within minutes the Eagles rebutted with seven points via a a good wrap-around pass by Matt Hawkins and a try scored by Zach Test, converted by Shalom Suniula two minutes before halftime. The Eagles had two more opportunities near England’s try line which never materialized, leaving them tied 7-7 at halftime.
Watson opened the second half with a soft try, which converted gave England 14-7 lead, and a further try by Mat Turner off of a chip kick extended the advantage to 19-7. Nick Royle then intercepted a pass and scored under the poles to make the score 26-7.
On the final hooter, USA, from their own 22-meter line, spread the ball to Test, who advanced to England’s 22-meter iine but was finally tackled by Turner, ending any Eagle threat.
The USA showed improvement in their skills and good support lines, as well as shifting defense. A few basic errors, mainly knock forwards could have resulted in a much closer score.
USA Tries: Test Cons: Niua Starting lineup: Bokhoven, Palefau, Suniula, Test, Hawkins, Edwards, Niua
The USA 7s rugby tournament has announced its official hotels for the February, 2012 event.
Planet Hollywood has signed on as the official team hotel, while Caesar’s Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s and the Flamingo are all offering special deals for fans.
The USA 7s tournament will be held February 10-12 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. In addition, the satellite tournament, the Las Vegas Invitational, will welcome over 200 teams to the city February 9-11.
Fans can come play at the LVI, or watch both the LVI and the USA 7s.
The hotel packages start at $35/night at the Flamingo, with different hotels offering different deals.
Book your room now and save. If you buy tickets before Jan. 2 you save upto 33%.
Former and perhaps future USA lock Hayden Smith is back with Saracens after a stint with the New York Jets.In this video he talks about his experiences in the NFL and his decision to return to Saracens. Read more...
James Madison and UW-Whitewater will take each other on Sunday at 10:30AM ET in USA Rugby's DII 3rd/4th consolation game.The game is livestreamed below or here on RUGBYMag's YouTube channel. Read more...
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