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@Canadairish, I agree fully about Manoa however the other players you mentioned I believe are holding out in an attempt to make the respective national teams of the clubs they play for. There's more money and glory there in Europe. I'm okay with losing those guys b/c at the end of the day I want people on the Eagles who really want to be there; Americans who wouldn't dare to dream of playing for any other country. It won't be until then that the Eagles can compete on the highest levels.
Posted 02:53 26th June 2012
Besides all one could say about the game and the refereeing, in my opinion the most remarkable thing is the attendance record: 17.214.
If interest for rugby builds up in USA, I think that soon we'll be dealing with a new powerhouse.
Posted 09:14 25th June 2012
I think it's harsh to blame the Northern clubs for holding up the development of the international team. I get that they can be swines about releasing second tier players and I'd like to see them freeing them up far more often (especially as there are no games going on in England right now... surely game time would be better for their players not gym work!).
However, with all due respect the American club system does not offer the development opportunities or earning potential of the european leagues. As it stands right now, if players want to take it to the next level they need to move abroad and players do benefit from this. Same goes for the pacific islanders who haven't grown up in New Zealand/australia, they're more likely to get the development they need in europe.
I'm a huge fan of the NFL and every year scores and scores of university grid iron players are expected to hang up their pads. Why aren't the rugby board targeting these guys? Now that it's an olympic sport maybe the spotlight will shine a bit brighter, because let me tell you, if Rugby ever comes close to American Football in the hearts and minds of the American Public... the rest of us can call it in!!!
Posted 08:43 25th June 2012
@NHSaints, I'm under the impression that a player has to be released to play by his club team during all of the matches that occur during the IRB's official 'test match window.' Frankly I'm pissed that he didn't play in these 3 matches.
Posted 02:01 25th June 2012
Posted 23:24 24th June 2012
The first card was legit, the second should have been yellow. Also, the Italians should have been yellow carded for repeated infringements of the same type (not releasing and offsides). The ref called most of his penalties against Italy in the first half and barely any in the second half and that is when they were purposely slowing down ball and were still offside. The heat sucked Italy's life out and they should have been sin binned. But it is over now and the US did great to only give up 10 points in 36 minutes when down one and then two players. Well done!!!
Posted 19:14 24th June 2012
Several European clubs are holding back the development of tier 2 nations such as USA. Callum Black @ Ulster, Tommy Seymour @ Glasgow, Hanno Dirksen @ Ospreys and Samu Manoa @ Saints could and should be playing regularly for the States. Yet for fear of declaring for another country than the one they work in and losing their contract, they dont. In Manoa's case you get the feeling that he's been told no international rugby for you or else you can look elsewhere. Disgraceful.
Posted 18:45 24th June 2012
@5Lock4ward not sure Manoa will be doing, Jim Mallinder signed him as cover for international players so any tests that are during the regular NH season he will probably be ruled out for.
Posted 16:36 24th June 2012
Refreshing to hear a fan "man up" honestly, like that instead of, like so many, just bad mouthing the referee like far too many of the rest of us are guilty of doing, rather than admit a harsh truth about the team we love. It's a shame the US team has to contend with such powerful competition from the other major sports, Football, Basketball and Baseball and to a lesser extent Hockey, otherwise I am sure they would be progressing a lot faster than they have been able, to date. Good luck for the future.
Posted 16:15 24th June 2012
I'm an Eagles fan and they deserved both of those red cards so I don't know what our coach is talking about. 'Dominate' is rather harsh considering how few points Italy put up after having a 1 man advantage from almost the beginning of the 2nd half and a 2 man advantage for 23 minutes. A team of Italy's stature should have run up the score board with an advantage like that. Credit to the American defenders who gutted it out. I can't wait to see what the US can do when Scully, Ngwenya and Manoa make their way back into the line-up.
Posted 12:46 24th June 2012