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Next Stop Guadalajara PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Alex Goff   
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 19:12

USA men’s 7s Head Coach Al Caravelli will be assembling his Pan-Am Games squad, which will be comprised of players who attended his recent camp, plus others who were with the USA 15s team at the Rugby World Cup.

 
Easing Football Players into Rugby PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Alex Goff   
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 15:59

Easing the transition from football to rugby requires a little extra thinking and a nod to the traditions of both sports.

 
Lindenwood Undefeated, Staying That Way PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Pat Clifton   
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 10:54

If you haven’t heard of the varsity program flourishing at Lindenwood University in Suburban St. Louis, remove the rock from above your foxhole and climb out.


 
RWC: The Business End PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by A.W. Scott   
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 04:37

AW Scott discusses the end of pool play at the World Cup, and what's to come.

 
What Now for Future USA Schedule? PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Alex Goff   
Monday, 03 October 2011 19:31

Exclusive news on what the Men's Eagles schedule might look like for 2012.

 
Scrum Made Huge Progress - Hodges PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Alex Goff   
Monday, 03 October 2011 17:51

USA assistant coach for forwards, Dave Hodges, says he felt the Eagles scrum made significant progress in the weeks leading up to the World Cup, and also during the World Cup.

 
Pool Play Contest Final Standings PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by RUGBYMag Staff   
Sunday, 02 October 2011 20:38

Our first crack at a RWC pool play game is complete, and we hope it provided a bit of a rooting interest where otherwise it may have been lacking. 

For clarity, the final rules called for contestants to be awarded 5 bonus points for picking the actual try or points leader per pool. 3 points were given if a contestant picked the top points or try scorer out of players selected. 

The true top try and points scorers selected, thus scoring 5 bonus points: England's Chris Ashton (tries), Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper (tries) and New Zealand's Israel Dagg (tries), Ireland's Ronan O'Gara (points) and South Africa's Morne Steyn (points).

The guys who led out of those selected, thus scoring 3 bonus points: Samoa's Alesana Tuilagi (tries), England's Johnny Wilkinson (points) and France's Dmitri Yachvili (points).   

The points accrued by team selections are the same as shown in the standings

T1 Brownj12 69 NZ, Arg, Sco, Fiji, Tonga Ashton, Steyn

T1 Patrickeclifton 69 AUS, Arg, Italy, Fiji, Tonga  O'Gara, Steyn, Tuilagi, Yachvili
T1 Kevin Messner 69 NZ, Wales, Sco, Can. Tonga O'Gara
4 Brent Zipoy 68 NZ, Wales, Samoa, Can, Tonga Steyn, Wilkinson
T5 Givesometakesome  67 NZ, Arg, Samoa, Can, Tonga Ashton, Tuilagi
T5 Wufoo 67 NZ, Wales, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga Steyn, Wilkinson
T5 Blues Prop 67 NZ, Wales, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga Steyn, Wilkinson
8 BC Rugby 66 NZ, Ire, Samoa, Fiji, Russia Ashton, Steyn, Wilkinson
9 Linda 65 NZ, France, Sco, Can, Tonga Steyn, Wilkinson
T10 Superstar 64 NZ, Arg, Samoa, Can, Tonga Ashley-Cooper
T10 Blake Stevens 64 Aus, France, Italy, Can, Tonga Ashton, Steyn, Tuilagi


 
Some Eagle Coach Candidates PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Alex Goff   
Friday, 30 September 2011 17:26

RUGBYMag.com has established a short list of American coaches who are going to apply for the USA Men’s 15s Head Coach job, which officially is open at the end of the year.

 
USA Player Evaluations PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Alex Goff   
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:18

Alex Goff checks in with every player on the World Cup squad.

 
World Cup Latest PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by A.W. Scott   
Monday, 26 September 2011 12:53

AW Scott checks in with notes from the World Cup

 
Journey of New Experiences for LaValla PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Cody Secker   
Monday, 26 September 2011 12:26

Cody Secker checks in with former players and coaches of Scott LaValla to find out how he went from no rugby at all to an Eagle and a pro player in just six years.

 
USA Playing for Something at End PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Alex Goff   
Saturday, 24 September 2011 22:06

Alex Goff writes why the upcoming USA v. Italy match is special.

 
Nutrition: Post-Match Meal as Important as Post-Match Stretch PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Heather Mason   
Friday, 23 September 2011 22:34

Nutrition Columnist Heather Mason discusses the best options for a post-game meal.

 
Inside Pan-Am Selections PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Alex Goff   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 17:00

Alex Goff looks at the USA 7s team Pan-Am camp and how the selections might pan out.

 
King's Corner: Recovering from a Tough Loss PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Waisale Serevi   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 12:37


A shock loss? Waisale Serevi discusses how his teams have rebounded from tough defeats.



You’ll have to excuse me for being a bit late with my monthly column. Watching the Rugby World Cup can be all consuming! It’s at times like this that I really miss being out on the pitch with the boys.

Waisale Serevi is widely considered to be the greatest 7s player of all time. Playing for Fiji, Serevi helped launch and popularize the IRB Sevens World Series, and led Fiji to 7s World Cup titles in 1997 and 2005.

Co-founder of Serevi Rugby in Seattle, Wash., The King has turned his attention to giving back to the game that has given him so much, leading camps and clinics, coaching programs and merchandise efforts. For more information seewww.serevirugby.com.

In recent months, I have watched New Zealand lose to Australia and the USA lose also in buildup matches, and Australia lose to Ireland in group play. Both games got me thinking about tough losses and how a team recovers from them.

Looking back at my career, I can remember two particularly bad losses, both in the finals of the Hong Kong Sevens. The first was in 1993, the second in 1996. Those losses hit me particularly hard because while growing up in Fiji, any year Fiji won the Hong Kong Sevens was a great year. Anytime we lost it was a long year until the following March. I know what rugby means to the Fijian people and I didn’t want to let them down.

We had won three straight Hong Kong Sevens when we landed at the then Kai Tak Airport for the 1993 Hong Kong Sevens. We were determined to bring home a fourth title. Losing 14-12 to Island rival Samoa in the finals was a bitter pill to swallow.

In 1996, we lost another final to New Zealand 19-17. I will never forget our changing room with the boys all sad and disappointed. I distinctly remember the hurt. By then, we knew how things would play out. In years we won, our plane home to Fiji was met by mobs of adoring fans. Roads were closed to allow our caravan to pass. In losing years, the only people waiting were our families.

How did we recover? I won’t deny that there were a couple of days of sulking and hanging our heads. Ultimately, however, we used the hurt to fuel our intensity and focus. As a team, we tried to hold onto the feeling we had in the bowels of Hong Kong Stadium and decided that we would not feel that way the following year. Instead of practicing for the sake of practicing, we practiced with a vision of raising the Melrose Cup.

When we arrived in Hong Kong for the 1997 Hong Kong Sevens – that year doubling as the Rugby Sevens World Cup – we were determined and prepared. I will never forget looking into the stadium with the boys as we warmed up and seeing an Air Pacific crew holding a black on white sign that read “Take it home Fiji!” We all felt a shared sense of mission and determination that ultimately resulted in a World Cup Championship.

There’s no getting around a tough loss. You have to move through and past them, learning what you can and focusing your efforts on getting better. In Australia’s case, they picked a good time to lose. They still have time to make adjustments ahead of the knock out rounds. That said, they have less time to process the defeat and turn the hurt into determination. Will they pull it off? I can tell you I’ll be in front of the TV to find out!

 

 
King's Corner: Recovering from a Tough Loss PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Waisale Serevi   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 12:37


A shock loss? Waisale Serevi discusses how his teams have rebounded from tough defeats.



You’ll have to excuse me for being a bit late with my monthly column. Watching the Rugby World Cup can be all consuming! It’s at times like this that I really miss being out on the pitch with the boys.

Waisale Serevi is widely considered to be the greatest 7s player of all time. Playing for Fiji, Serevi helped launch and popularize the IRB Sevens World Series, and led Fiji to 7s World Cup titles in 1997 and 2005.

Co-founder of Serevi Rugby in Seattle, Wash., The King has turned his attention to giving back to the game that has given him so much, leading camps and clinics, coaching programs and merchandise efforts. For more information seewww.serevirugby.com.

In recent months, I have watched New Zealand lose to Australia and the USA lose also in buildup matches, and Australia lose to Ireland in group play. Both games got me thinking about tough losses and how a team recovers from them.

Looking back at my career, I can remember two particularly bad losses, both in the finals of the Hong Kong Sevens. The first was in 1993, the second in 1996. Those losses hit me particularly hard because while growing up in Fiji, any year Fiji won the Hong Kong Sevens was a great year. Anytime we lost it was a long year until the following March. I know what rugby means to the Fijian people and I didn’t want to let them down.

We had won three straight Hong Kong Sevens when we landed at the then Kai Tak Airport for the 1993 Hong Kong Sevens. We were determined to bring home a fourth title. Losing 14-12 to Island rival Samoa in the finals was a bitter pill to swallow.

In 1996, we lost another final to New Zealand 19-17. I will never forget our changing room with the boys all sad and disappointed. I distinctly remember the hurt. By then, we knew how things would play out. In years we won, our plane home to Fiji was met by mobs of adoring fans. Roads were closed to allow our caravan to pass. In losing years, the only people waiting were our families.

How did we recover? I won’t deny that there were a couple of days of sulking and hanging our heads. Ultimately, however, we used the hurt to fuel our intensity and focus. As a team, we tried to hold onto the feeling we had in the bowels of Hong Kong Stadium and decided that we would not feel that way the following year. Instead of practicing for the sake of practicing, we practiced with a vision of raising the Melrose Cup.

When we arrived in Hong Kong for the 1997 Hong Kong Sevens – that year doubling as the Rugby Sevens World Cup – we were determined and prepared. I will never forget looking into the stadium with the boys as we warmed up and seeing an Air Pacific crew holding a black on white sign that read “Take it home Fiji!” We all felt a shared sense of mission and determination that ultimately resulted in a World Cup Championship.

There’s no getting around a tough loss. You have to move through and past them, learning what you can and focusing your efforts on getting better. In Australia’s case, they picked a good time to lose. They still have time to make adjustments ahead of the knock out rounds. That said, they have less time to process the defeat and turn the hurt into determination. Will they pull it off? I can tell you I’ll be in front of the TV to find out!

 

 
Eagle Laura Miller Studies Abroad PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Jackie Finlan   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 12:17

Recently capped Eagle Laura Miller continues her rugby education overseas with Saracens (London).

 
MARFU: Olmes Pleased with MARFU Start PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Alex Goff   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 23:18

We check in with PAC and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic DI clubs.

 
Gillenwater Scouts Talent at ACI PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Alex Goff   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:24

Former USA 7s captain James Gillenwater scouted talent at the Atlantic Coast collegiate 7s this weekend, making notes for USA Head Coach al Caravelli.

 
Not a Global Catastrophe, but RWC Schedule Still Unfair PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Alex Goff   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 13:07

Alex Goff talks about the Rugby World Cup Schedule, and why one player was right to sound off about it.

 
Front-Liners Yes or No? PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Alex Goff   
Monday, 19 September 2011 18:33

Can the USA beat Italy, and if it's a legitimate goal, how do they pick for Australia. Some clues.

 
Ireland Stands Tall, Talk of RWC PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by A.W. Scott   
Monday, 19 September 2011 15:38

At the start of the tournament’s second weekend, Ireland provided what fans and organizers have been fervently seeking; a genuine upset.

 
Pool Play Contest Update: 9/19 PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by RUGBYMag Staff   
Monday, 19 September 2011 01:00

We’ve thrown a wrench in the rules once again. (In case you were considering legal action for our rules changes, refer to our application. Hold it under a black light and you’ll find in very small lettering that we reserve the right to change the rules as we see fit.)

We decided that if you picked the player who is actually leading their pool in points or tries, you deserve more points than if you picked a guy who’s just beating those others selected. So, if you have the actual leader, you get five bonus points. If you have a leader of the selected, but not the actual leader, you get three bonus points.

Top selected scorers as of 9/19. (* indicates actual leader in that pool and category = 5 pts)

Pool A
Tries: *Vincent Clerc (France) 4
Points: Dmitri Yachvili (France) 17

Pool B
Tries: *Chris Ashton (England) 2
Points: Chris Paterson (Scotland) 14

Pool C
Tries: J. O’Connor, Digby Ioane and Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia) 1
Points: * James O’Connor (Australia) 17

Pool D
Tries: Alesana Tuilagi (Samoa) 3
Points: *Morne Steyne (S. Africa) 28

We have tallied the top 10 as if pool play were over. Keep in mind, with most teams still having three more pool games bonus points could easily disappear from game to game. But the points your teams accrue can only increase as they play. 

Top 10 contestants as of 9/19

NAME POINTS BONUS TOTAL
Brownj12 32 20 52
Linda 34 13 47
BC Rugby 30 15 45
Michael Scanlon 27 18 45
Mike Lewis 28 10 38
Givesometakesome 27 11 38
Eddie Cullen 27 8 35
McFadden Insurance 27 8 35
Brent Zipoy 26 8 34
Blake Stevens 20 14 34
Kevin Messner 31 3 34


 
Eagle Eye: And I had a Good Mad All Set to Go PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Alex Goff   
Saturday, 17 September 2011 14:15

Well I had a mad all set to unleash, and now I don’t get to.

Happily, Rugby World Cup judicial officer Jeff Blackett did not hand down a suspension for Todd Clever for a dangerous tackle.

 


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