Mark Griffin is absolutely crazy about rugby. As a former Eagle, the Director of Youth and High School at USA Rugby, and founder and CEO of Play Rugby USA, he has a lot of rugby balls in the air. That’s why he is stepping down from his post at USA Rugby: he doesn’t want to let any of the rugby balls drop.
In an absolute cracker of a match, the Eagles narrowly missed out on a sweep of their 2010 test matches. It was always going to be a physical and close encounter between the USA and hosts Georgia, but a last minute Georgian try pulled the home team ahead in the waning seconds of the match with a final score of 17-19.
USA’s smashing defense will take on hosts Georgia in Tblisi on November 27 in what should be a highly physical and lively affair between two rising rugby nations. The Eagles will have a shot at going three for three in their 2010 international test matches.
The USA Men’s Sevens team will depart for the United Arab Emirates today where they will prepare for the first event of the HSBC Sevens World Series, an eight stage circuit spanning five months and five continents.
Defense, fitness, and mental toughness are three chief characteristics that Eagle Sevens coach, Al Caravelli, was looking for while nailing down the 12 man squad he will take to Dubai and South Africa for the first two stops in the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The USA Rugby Board of Directors approved a new administrative and competitive structure for intercollegiate rugby. Over a three-year period, collegiate rugby will transition to a conference-based structure in order to accommodate increased participation and to ease the administrative burden of collegiate programs.
While the Men's 15s are in Europe, the Men's Sevens team is gearing up for the HSBC IRB Sevens World Series. Head Coach Al Caravelli will be running a camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista to narrow down a pool of talented players to only 12 who will travel to Dubai for the first stop of the season.
(Denton RFC picture) Ben Outland of the Denton Rugby Football Club in north Texas is a man of action. Outland is in the insurance business himself and knew a good deal when he saw one, that’s why he signed his club up for the Rugby Accident Insurance offered by USA Rugby in conjunction with Zurich North America.
The Eagles fell at the hands of Scotland ‘A’ in the third match of their November Tour. Scotland ‘A’ put 25 points on the board against the visiting Americans at Netherdale Stadium. The Eagles will look to gain experience from the Scotland loss and focus on the IRB ranking test against Georgia on November 27.