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Monday, 01 August 2011 12:42
Clemson Announces Recruiting Class
Men's DI College
Clemson, SC – Clemson University Rugby Head Coach Justin Hickey has announced the program's incoming class for the 2011-12 season.
The class includes 13 student-athletes from 5 states, including players from both coasts, with 12 of the 13 in the forwards-heavy class having at least two years of high school rugby experience.
The class includes six high school state champions, and five players who competed in the 2011 USA Rugby High School National Championships in Salt Lake City, UT in May. Most of the players have representative experience and have competed for their local union in all star competitions. Additionally, the incoming freshman class boasts an impressive academic resume, and will represent the University very well.
With the support of the University, and the Clemson Rugby Foundation, Clemson has made a real push to regain the presence it once had on the national rugby stage. With Hickey’s first recruiting class since arriving to the program in January, a foundation is being established for a bright future in the Upstate. Clemson supporters will expect big things from the freshman class of 2011-12.
CLEMSON RUGBY RECRUITING CLASS 2011-12
NAME HEIGHT WEIGHT POSITION HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB
Jordan Baer 5’9” 165 Utility Charleston School of the Arts
Will Carlson 6’4” 227 Lock Mountain Lake HS, NJ/Morris
Dan Collins 5’11” 213 Hooker Gonzaga, Washington DC
Will Harrison 6’5” 204 Lock Gonzaga, Washington DC
Quintin Helline 5’10” 159 Wing Charlotte Catholic, NC
Nick Johnson 5’9” 158 Wing Charlotte Catholic, NC
Joe Keightley 6’1” 225 Prop San Francisco Golden Gate
Dontavius Reeves 5’8” 196 Utility FWD Greenville, SC
Miller Reeves 5’10 185 Hooker Greenville, SC
Jimmy Rippert 6’4” 214 No. 8 Gonzaga, Washington DC
Justin Showghi 6’1” 187 NA Clemson, SC
Rion Tapp 6’3” 201 No. 8 Chapin, SC
Derrick Williams 6’1” 178 Center Greenville, SC
Jordan Baer, Charleston, SC
Rugby Achievements: Captain of high school team and founding member of intermural team
Academic Achievements: AP Scholar, participant at Palmetto Boys State, Passed 5 AP exams, awarded the Life Scholarship, awarded the Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum Award by my school, member of National Honor Society and Treasurer of the Tri M Music Honor Society, Junior Marshall for the 2010 graduation class and was a South Carolina Junior Scholar
Will Carlson, Montville, NJ
Rugby Achievements: 3 year rugby player for Parsippany and Morris RFC
Other Sports: 4 year Wrestler, Football
Dan Collins, Washington DC
Rugby Achievements: 1st Team All Metropolitan 2010 & 2-11. 2011 Gonzaga Rugby Player of the Year.
Other Sports: Football. 2010-11 3rd Team All-WCAC
Will Harrison, Washington DC
Rugby Achievements: Played for 2010 national runners up, Gonzaga HS
Academic Achievements: Honor Roll, 4 years at Gonzaga
Other Sports: Wrestling
Quintin Helline, Charlotte, NC
Rugby Achievements: 2 year rugby player for Charlotte Catholic
Other Sports: Snow Boarding, Water Skiing
Nick Johnson, Charlotte, NC
Rugby Achievements: 3 year starter North Carolina All Stars, Member of 3 South Championship Teams.
Academic Achievements: National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Other Sports: 3 year varsity football starter at kick returner, 1 year starter at running back.
Joe Keightley, San Francisco, CA
Rugby Achievements: Nor-Cal Semi Finalists 2010, 2011
Other Sports: Football
Dontavius Reeves, Greenville, SC
Rugby Achievements: SC HS State Runner Up. 3 year rugby player at Greenville HS.
Miller Reeves, Greenville, SC
Rugby Achievements: SC HS State Runner Up. SC HS All Star.
Other Sports: Football
Jimmy Rippert, Washington DC
Rugby Achievements: Starter for Gonzaga, competed in 2011 USA Rugby High School National Championship game. Captained 1 game for Gonzaga. Potomac Rugby Union All Star and Rugby Academy invitee.
Academic Achievements: Second Honors at Gonzaga
Other Sports: Water Polo, Football, Swimming
Justin Showghi, Clemson, SC
Academic Achievements: Eagle scout, member of the varsity club, mu alpha theta, national honor society, graduated as a scholar athlete.
Other Sports: 13 year soccer player. 3 year varsity starter at Daniel HS, Clemson, SC.
Rion Tapp, Chapin, SC
Rugby Achievements: Club Captain, State Champions 2011, USA Rugby All American Invitee, South Carolina U19 All Star
Academic Achievements: 4th in Class Rank, 1520 SAT, AP Scholar with Honors
Other Sports: Football
Derrick Williams, Greenville, SC
Rugby Achievements: SC HS State Runner up, SC HS All Star
Other Sports: Football
Written by Alex Goff
Sunday, 31 July 2011 23:54
Steinberg Tinkers with Women Eagles Formula
National Teams -
The USA Women’s National Team have just a short time to come together with a group of new players and a new coach and face the World Cup Runners Up, England on Tuesday.
New Head Coach Pete Steinberg knows it will be a tough road, but has some thoughts as to how to address it.
“We have some principles of how we will attack and defend,” Steinberg told RUGBYMag.com. “We will make changes in some specifics depending on our opponents, but we will stick to those principles.”
Such as? Physicality. It’s a benchmark of Steinberg’s teams, Penn State and Keystone. These teams play very physically, especially on defense, and he will expect his Eagles to do the same.
“We might change our approach to an opposing team’s scrum move or other play, but we will always be physical in defense,” he said.
That is a crucial part of their Tuesday night match against England at Appleby College in Oakville, Ont. England is one of the most physical teams in the world.
Steinberg said he will also be experimenting. He and his staff will tinker with aspects of preparation and recovery, using tried-and-true methods of high performance, but tweaking them somewhat to see what works the best.
Among his early switch-ups is his decision not to name a squads captain. Farrah Douglas, Jamie Burke, Vanesha McGee and Kim Magrini will serve as a four-player leadership group. Other veterans, such as Amy Daniels and Pam Kosanke, will step in as leaders as well.
“I think it’s too much on one person to have just one player be responsible for a squad of 25,” said Steinberg. “It’s kind of an out-dated tradition. We will have game-day captains, but they will change. Off the field we will have a leadership group.”
One of the other changes in Steinberg’s squad is the lineup. Ten players return from the 2010 World Cup, with a couple of others expected to be available later. But that means he needed to pick 17 new players.
“We actually have a pretty good-sized core of players,” said Steinberg. “But we did have to bring in some new players. I took on the job in March, but hadn’t been involved in the women’s elite level in ten years, so I came in with a fresh eye. I watched every WPL [Women’s Premier League] match on video, and every World Cup match. Then what I wanted to do was put a big emphasis on the National All-Star Championships. I really don’t know what club many of the players came from. All I know is that they performed well at the NASC or before. Having looked at all those games, we picked the best players we could.”
Interestingly, the club distribution of Steinberg’s picks is enormously varied. Only three players come from the two finalists of the Women’s Premier League. Teams 3 and 4 boast five. Meanwhile, ten come from outside the WPL altogether.
“We have some very good athletes, and some very good rugby players; some experiences and some inexperienced,” said Steinberg. “Now I want to give them the tools to perform.”
USA Women’s Squad for Nation’s Cup
Stacy Baker (Keystone), Libby Berg (Minnesota Valkyries), Stacey Bridges (At-Large), Jamie Burke (Beantown), Lisa Butts (Nor Cal Triple Threat), Sarah Chobot (Minnesota Valkyries), Kate Daley (Chicago North Shore), Lauren Daly (At-Large), Farrah Douglas (Washington DC Furies), Devin Keller (Keystone), Lynelle Kugler (Twin City Amazons), Laura Miller (Washington DC Furies), Shaina Turley (San Diego Surfers), Kittery Wagner (Beantown)
Sadie Anderson (Penn State), Sylvia Braaten (Twin City Amazons), Rebecca Brafman (New York Rugby Club), Amy Daniels (Beantown), Katie Dowty (Beantown), Victoria Folayan (Berkeley All-Blues), Pam Kosanke (Chicago North Shore), Jennifer Lui (Chicago North Shore), Kaelene Lundstrum (Twin City Amazons), Kim Magrini (Keystone), Vanesha McGee (New York Rugby Club), Samantha Pankey (James River), Carrie White (Seattle Rugby)
Written by Pat Clifton
Monday, 01 August 2011 11:23
Eagles Assembled, But Some Have Headstart
National Teams -
It's no secret that the Eagles will be entering the World Cup this fall with minimal time together. They assembled in Denver Monday for their first full day of prep for the upcoming Canada and Japan tests, but many were dispersed throughout the country and the world before arriving Sunday.
However, eight Eagles put up their own money and sacrificed the last few weeks to converge on Denver and get some early training in: Louis Stanfill, Eric Fry, Colin Hawley, Junior Sifa, Mate Moekiola, Blaine Scully, Kevin Swiryn, Brian McClenahan and Inaki Basauri.
USA strength and conditioning coach Dave Williams found them a house to stay in, and they worked out at Glendale's Infinity Park and the gym of their head trainer, Michael Keating.
"There were eight of us in a two-bedroom, one-bath house. Three guys in one room, two in another and three in the living room, and that's how we lived," said Stanfill.
"We went to Costco and would pool funds and pretty much would pay out whoever would put whatever food or bill on their credit card, so it was very much not a camp-like atmosphere, but when it comes to training we were getting up usually between 5:45 and 6:45 in the morning to go train."
Joining the out-of-towners to train were Denver-based Nic Johnson and Nese Malifa
"We'd usually lift in the mornings, then right after we'd lift we'd work on passing, defense, a little bit of lineout. We couldn't really work on any plays or lineout calls or anything like that because we didn't have enough players, so it was more technical skills -- speed, jumping straight up, speed off the ground, speed in the air, and then the down portion of the lineout's really important these days. We've been working on a split landing with the two lifters hooking their arms under the jumper's legs in order to prevent a sack.
"We also did some good scrummaging work, and that would complete our morning. We'd be done probably around 11. We'd fit some treatment time in there, because when you play rugby year-round, you're bound to be banged up the entire year. We'd have a few hours off, and then in the afternoon it was conditioning or speed work or something along those lines."
Stanfill played for the Eagles in the 2007 World Cup, and he says the time just being around teammates, which this team hasn't had much of, strengthened the '07 bunch.
"People might think it's important just to train together, but it's more important than that. It's more important to bond and do other things together. Not necessarily things involving a rugby ball or weights, but hikes, small things like that, or just hanging out together or playing board games," said Stanfill.
"All these things are great for team bonding. As the eight guys that were there, we did that. Unfortunately, we didn't have all 35 there. It's a shame because I saw what we got out of it last World Cup, and we put together some pretty decent performances, so we have to pick up where we are right now, and we have to try to make the most of it, and I know we will. We have a ton of professionals and more than a complete lineup of able-bodied guys, so I think we're going to be fine. It just would have been nice to have been nice to have more time together."
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Sunday, 31 July 2011 23:19
Canada Gears Up for Nations Cup
The U20 Nations Cup is over, and it is now time for the full national senior women's teams of Canada, England, South Africa and the U.S.A. to take center stage.
This will be Head Coach John Tait's first opportunity to work with Canada's senior XV's program, and he is looking forward to the chance to begin this new World Cup development cycle in earnest.
"This is my first assembly with our XV's side and I am excited to see this squad develop and improve over the next couple of weeks. Our long term goal is to compete for the 2014 World Cup title and this will be a great measuring stick for the program, to help us determine where we are and where we need to be.
Having teams of this caliber to compete against, in four tests over the course of two weeks, is very challenging for all involved. I believe the athletes we have representing Canada at this tournament are striving to become world class rugby players, and that excites me as a coach."
The group that Coach Tait has assembled in Southern Ontario features an impressive mixture of power and speed. Many of those who are present in camp have had the chance to wear the Canadian jersey recently, as members of the highly ranked women's Sevens program.
Impressive ball runners such as Jen Kish, Ghislaine Landry and Mandy Marchuk all featured heavily in Canada's dominant performances in various international Sevens tournaments last season, and will look bring their attacking mindset to these upcoming international test matches.
Canada's opening draw on August 2nd, versus South Africa, should offer some insight into where the various programs have picked up, following a hotly contested Women's World Cup, in 2010. Canada finished in 6th position at that event, due to a bitter three point defeat to the Americans on the tournament's final day. The memory of that loss will surely be high in the minds of the World Cup veterans present in the Canadian ranks, and the team will want to lay down a marker against the 10th ranked South Africans, on Day #1 of the 2011 Nations Cup.
You can follow all the Nations Cup action at www.womensnationscup.com
Those wishing match updates can follow Rugby Canada's social networks on Facebook and Twitter
As of now, it is our understanding that internet availability at the Oakville match site is down, due to technical problems. Therefore, it remains to be seen if a live broadcast will be possible. Recorded matches will be archived at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-rugby
Canadian National Senior Women's Team:
Jessica Belchos (Markham Irish) Innisfil, ON
Marie Bosco (Ottawa Irish) Ottawa, ON
Andrea Burke (Capilano North) Vancouver, BC
Kim Donaldson (Burnaby Lake) Vancouver, BC
Jessica Dovanne (Velox Valkyries) Victoria, BC
Arielle Dubissette-Borrice (Toronto Nomads) Ajax, ON
Corinne Jacobsen (Burnaby Lake) Vancouver, BC
Maria Jaworski (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB b
Shannon Kane (Capilano) Victoria, BC
Jen Kish (Lep Tigers) Edmonton, AB
Ghislaine Landry (Toronto Scottish) Toronto, ON
Ashley MacDonald (Velox Valkyries) Corran Ban, PEI
Kayla Mack (Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SK
Mandy Marchak (Capilano) Winnipeg, MB
Brittany Orr (Lethbridge) Lethbridge, AB
Cheryl Phillips (Toronto Scottish) Toronto, ON
Marie-Pier Pinault-Reid (Club de Rugby de Quebec) Quebec City, PQ
Danielle Rowlands (Kirin RFC / Calgary Hornets) Colonsay, SK
Kelly Russell (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
Laura Russell (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
Laura Stoughton (Calgary Irish) Calgary, AB
Julia Sugawara (Burnaby Lake) Surrey, BC
Brandi Van Eeuwen (Cowichan) Duncan, BC
Brittany Waters (Meraloma) Vancouver, BC
Kelsey Willoughby (Lethbridge) Lethbridge, AB
Julianne Zussman (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, PQ
Head Coach: John Tait
Assistant Coach: Sandro Fiorino
Team Manager: Penny Delaney
Press Officer: Jeff Hull
Athletic Therapist: Jason White
Athletic Therapist: Darren Wharrie
Nations Cup Match Day #1 (Oakville)
Tuesday 2nd August
4:30 pm - Canada vs. South Africa
6:30 pm - USA vs. England
Nations Cup Match Day #2 (Chatham)
Friday 5th August
5:00 pm - England vs. South Africa
7:00 pm - Canada vs. USA
Nations Cup Match Day #3 (Oakville)
Tuesday 9th August
4:30 pm – South Africa vs. USA
6:30 pm – Canada vs. England
Nations Cup Finals (Oakville)
Saturday 13th August
2:00 pm 3rd vs. 4th
4:00 pm 1st vs. 2nd