Thanks for a great 2011!

 

 

Year in Review

 

What a year it has been for American rugby.  USA Rugby crowned 23 national champions, put on the first-ever College Sevens tournament, and the national and All-American teams in both sevens and fifteens have shown the world what they are capable of. 

 

Perhaps one of the biggest announcements of the year came in late November.  With the help of the United States Olympic Committee, USA Rugby will have 23 athletes on full-time training contracts.  That means for the first time ever, national team athletes will be full-time and contracted by USA Rugby directly.

 

Quick Hit Highlights in 2011

  • USA Women's Sevens team made the cup semifinals in the Dubai Sevens
  • USA Men's National team defeated Russia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup
  • USA Men's Sevens team took a bronze medal at the Pan American Games
  • Nearly 500,000 Rookie Rugby participants nationwide in 2011
  • 23 sevens athletes to receive full-time training contracts beginning in 2012
  • Over 10,000 fans attended Men's College Premier Division Championship game
  • Rugby World Cup and USA Sevens broadcast on NBC and Universal Sports
  • The USA v. Canada game in Glendale, Colo.  Was played in front of a sell out crowd
  • 'Road to the Rugby World Cup' launch at the United Nations with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaking.  Todd Clever and Mike Petri represented the USA
  • USA Rugby Vice-Chairman, Bob Latham, was elected to the IRB Executive Committee
  • Men's Collegiate All-Americans go 2-1 in series with New Zealand Universities
  • Boy's High School All-Americans go 3-1 on South Africa tour

 

Women's National Teams

 

Women's Eagles - Fifteens

The USA Women's Eagles named a new coach, Pete Steinberg, and he led the team through the 2011 Nation's Cup in Canada.  The most successful national team in USA Rugby's history, the Women's Eagles put in a strong showing against England and Canada, losing on the last plays in both of those games.  South Africa shocked the rugby world by picking off the Eagles in pool play, but the USA came back and exacted revenge in the 3rd/4th place game.

 

Results

Opponent

Score

Venue

England

11-15

Appleby College

Ontario, Canada

Canada

17-35

Appleby College

Ontario, Canada

South Africa

23-26

Appleby College

Ontario, Canada

South Africa

29-9

Appleby College

Ontario, Canada

 

Women's Eagle Sevens

 

On the sevens side, the Women's Eagle Sevens team took part in the USA Women's Invitational, the Hong Kong Sevens, and the Dubai Sevens.  In Las Vegas, the USA women just missed out on the cup final, but finished in 3rd place behind Canada and the Netherlands. In Hong Kong, the Canadians thwarted a strong start once again, and the Eagles finished in fourth behind Canada, the Netherlands, and France.

Dubai saw the USA start strong again, but a three game skid at the end of the tournament had the Eagles fall to fourth after losing consecutive games to England, Canada, and reigning world champions, Australia.

 

Tournament

Record

Result

USA  - Las Vegas

4-1

Plate Winners

Hong Kong

3-2

Fourth Place

Dubai

2-3

Fourth Place

 

Women's Collegiate All-Americans

The Women's Collegiate All-Americans split their Can-Am series 1-1 on their July tour where they faced their northern equivalents, the Canadian Interuniversity Sport - All Canada team.  The first match got away from the WCAAs, and stout defense from both teams saw the teams scoreless for 35 minutes.  The second half saw the Canadians score 19 unanswered points on the All-Americans, but the WCAAS would have their revenge.  Their second match was much tighter, and Eagle Kimber Rozier was the hero, slotting a number of penalties, including the game-winner.

 

Opponent

Score

Venue

CIS - All-Canada

3-19

Saranac Lake, NY

CIS - All-Canada

23-21

Saranac Lake, NY

 

USA Under-20s

The USA Women's Under-20s hosted Canada, South Africa, and England in the U20s Nations Cup.  The USA made it to the championship game in that tournament that was hosted in Santa Barbara, Calif. The team also participated in community activities in the area, leaving a lasting positive impression of the game in an area with an already strong rugby community.

 

Opponent

Score

Venue

South Africa

25-3

Storke Field

Santa Barbara, Calif.

England

0-37

Storke Field

Santa Barbara, Calif.

Canada

15-5

Storke Field

Santa Barbara, Calif.

England

11-48

Harder Stadium

Santa Barbara, Calif.

 

 

Men's National Teams

Men's Eagles - Fifteens

The headlining event for the Men's National team was the 2011 Rugby World Cup.    The Churchill Cup in June and three test matches in August allowed the Eagles to spend time together before the Cup.   But a trouncing by the England Saxons and Tonga in the Churchill Cup, back-to-back losses to Canada, and a loss to Japan in Tokyo had Eagle fans wary.  After all, the Eagles were 1-5 in 2011 and would have to face Ireland, Russia, Australia, and Italy in Pool C of the Rugby World Cup.

 

The USA Eagles are known for their grit, their punishing defense, and against Ireland they fit the bill.

 

September 11, 2011 was the date of the USA's opening match, marking the ten-year anniversary since the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.  A gutsy performance from the USA on that emotional day set the tone for the rest of the tournament, and instantly turned many viewers into Eagles fans.  A win against Russia was the ultimate goal for the squad, and they achieved that and nearly more.  

 

Opponent

Score

Venue

England Saxons

8-87

Franklin's Gardens, UK

Tonga

13-44

Moseley Road, UK

Russia

32-25

Sixways, UK

Canada

28-22

Toronto, Canada

Canada

27-7

Denver, CO

Japan

20-14

Tokyo, Japan

Ireland

10-22

Stadium Taranaki

New Plymouth, NZ

Russia

13-6

Stadium Taranaki

New Plymouth, NZ

Australia

5-67

Westpac Stadium

Wellington, NZ

Italy

10-27

Trafalgar Park

Nelson, NZ

 

Men's Eagle Sevens

The USA Men's Eagle Sevens team struggled with consistency in 2011, but has certainly showed that they can compete at the highest level, picking up 12 World Series points and remaining in the mix with the top ten teams in the world.  Head Coach Al Caravelli has invested in several young players who will be the core of the team in the future.  In 2011, those young players stepped up as the 20-year old Zack Test led the team in scoring and was among the elite try-scorers on the circuit.

 

Tournament

Record

Result

HSBC Sevens World Series - Wellington

3-3

Shield Winners

HSBC Sevens World Series - Las Vegas

3-3

Shield Winners

HSBC Sevens World Series - Hong Kong

3-2

Bowl Semifinal

HSBC Sevens World Series - Adelaide

4-2

Bowl Winners

HSBC Sevens World Series - London

1-4

Shield Semifinal

HSBC Sevens World Series - Edinburgh

0-5

Shield Semifinal

 

Men's Collegiate All-Americans

The Men's Collegiate All-Americans hosted the New Zealand Universities and went 2-1 in the summer series.  The All-Americans almost swept the NZ Unis, but a strong second half showing from the visitors in the last game prevented the series sweep.  Head Coach Alex Magleby signed off as All-Americans fifteens coach after the final game, and will continue as the Collegiate All-Americans Sevens coach.

 

Opponent

Score

Venue

NZ Unis

60-17

The Little Q

San Diego, Calif.

NZ Unis

21-11

Harder Stadium

Santa Barbara, Calif.

NZ Unis

20-23

Steuber Rugby Stadium

Stanford, Calif.

 

 

Men's Collegiate All-American Sevens

The first-ever Men's Collegiate All-American Sevens team, helmed by Magleby competed in the Emirates Airline USA Rugby Men's All-Star Sevens Championship, following a weeklong camp under the watchful eye of their coach, but also seasoned sevens veterans David Fee and Jason Raven.  Later in the week, they were joined by National Team head coach Al Caravelli, who worked closely with the CAA7s coaching staff.  The team started strong on day one of the championship, but lost in the playoffs to the Northeast All-Stars and finished fifth out of eight teams in the tournament.

 

Tournament

Record

Result

Emirates Airline USA Rugby Men's All-Star Sevens National Championship

5-1

5th Place

 

Men's Junior All-Americans

The Men's Junior All-Americans (USA U20s) traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia for the 2011 Junior World Rugby Trophy (JWRT) but had a rough go of it during the summer tournament.  Three pool losses to Russia, Uruguay, and eventual champions Samoa dashed the JAAs hopes of glory, but they did finish the tournament with a 30-29 win against Zimbabwe.

 

Opponent

Score

Venue

Samoa

11-48

National Stadium

Tbilisi, Georgia

Russia

36-42

National Stadium

Tbilisi, Georgia

Uruguay

5-33

National Stadium

Tbilisi, Georgia

Zimbabwe

31-29

National Stadium

Tbilisi, Georgia

 

Boy's High School All-Americans - Fifteens

The Boy's High School All-Americans had a robust schedule in 2011, going 3-1 on their South Africa tour.  A sponsorship from Aircraft Charter Solutions provided funding for the tour, and the players responded well.  A massive start for the HSAAs rang the alarm bells for the teams in South Africa, blanking the Durban Development Under-17s 71-0.  A setback against Glenwood would be the only one of the tour, and the HSAAs would go on to beat Tygerburg and Durbanville to go 3-1.

 

Opponent

Score

Venue

Durban Development

71-0

Durban, South Africa

Glenwood

14-18

Glenwood HS

Durban, South Africa

Tygerburg

25-15

Tygerburg Rugby Club

Cape Town, South Africa

Durbanville H.S.

26-16

Durbanville High School

Cape Town, South Africa

 

Boy's High School All-Americans - Sevens

The High School All-American Sevens team started their 2011 with an impressive performance at the Las Vegas Invitational and won the Under-17s division.  In July, the team reassembled and traveled north to Canada to play in the Victoria 7s Under-18 division.  A heavy loss to British Columbia early in the tournament was perhaps a reflection on nerves rather than the competition.  The HSAA7s went on to claim second place in the tournament, missing out on the title by a try to British Columbia.

 

Tournament

Record

Result

Victoria 7s

2-3

2nd Place

 

Congratulations to our 2011 Emirates Airline USA Rugby National Champions

 

The addition of a Women's Club Sevens National Championship, the College Sevens National Championships, and an added division in men's collegiate rugby, Division IA, have been very exciting for American rugby.  Each level of competition has something unique to offer, but there is a common thread throughout all the championships; an undying passion for rugby and excellence. 

 

A sincere congratulations to all of USA Rugby's 2011 National Champions!

 

Women's National Champions

Title

National Champions

Girls Under-19s

Fallbrook High School

Women's Division II College

Radcliffe College

Women's Division I College

Army

Women's Club Fifteens All-Stars

Northeast

Women's Club Sevens

Berkeley All-Blues

Women's All-Star Sevens

Pacific Coast Grizzlies

Women's Division I Club

Chicago North Shore

Women's Division II Club

Raleigh Venom

Women's Premier League

Berkeley All-Blues

Women's College Sevens

Norwich University

Women's National College All-Star Championship

Midwest

 

Men's National Champions

Title

National Champions

Boys Under-19s

Highland Rugby

Boy's High School

Sacramento Jesuit

Men's Division II College

University of Wisconsin- Whitewater

Men's Division I College

Davenport University

Men's Division IA (College Premier Division)

California

Men's Division III Club

Metropolis RFC

Men's Division II Club

New Orleans RFC

Men's Division I Club

Glendale Raptors

Rugby Super League

San Francisco Golden Gate

Men's Club Sevens

Belmont Shore

Men's All-Star Sevens

SoCal Griffins

Men's College All-Stars

South

Men's College Sevens

Life University