This week's edition of Total Rugby took a look into Pool A of Rugby World Cup 2015. With the group containing two previous winners in addition to a two-time Semi Finalist and a two-time Quarter Finalist it has the name of the Pool of Death based on merit. Joining Australia, England, Wales and Fiji is Uruguay a country that will appear in its third Rugby World Cup and first since 2003. The South Americans have a tough task awaiting them but the quality of Fiji at this point is arguably not to the strength of a number of the other fourth seeded teams. Had Uruguay been in a different pool it would face one of Japan, Georgia or Canada in place of Fiji.
Friday, October 24, 2014
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One of the most memorable tries of the past decade was a solo effort by USA international Takudzwa Ngwenya for Biarritz v Ospreys in 2010. The Heineken Cup fixture was played in Spain and the Eagles winger let Welsh wizard Shane Williams for dead. Still aged just twenty-nine Ngwenya has plenty of rugby left in him and has been recalled to the national team for the upcoming international matches against Romania, Tonga and Fiji. He will, however, play no part in the ground-breaking test against New Zealand in Chicago. Ngwenya's last cap was a Rugby World Cup Qualifier against Canada in 2013. He has played tweny-seven test matches too date including seven tests at Rugby World Cups.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The recent IRB Americas Rugby Championship was not memorable from a Canadian perspective as the host nation lost two out of three matches. Canada 'A' defeated Uruguay 'A' but the gulf between Canada 'A' and Los Jaguares remained as the Argentina 'A' side was too strong. The measure of success or failure, however, came down to the performance against the USA Select XV as the USA's 'A' side had demonstrated progress by defeating the Canadians in 2013. The upset result then saw the USA Eagles defeat Canada in a Pacific Nations Cup test match earlier this year and the three-peat was confirmed with the USA Select XV defeating Canada 'A' this week. Canada 'A' thus finished third.
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Belgrano Atheltic prop Santiago Gárcia Botta has signed a short-term contract with French Top 14 club Stade Français. the twenty-two year old os to join the Parisian club as a medical joker for a term of no shorter than three months. The young loosehead prop is a former Pumita and has been capped at international level against Tier Three opposition. He joins Stade Français in what is to be his first professional contract after having played for the same club as Pumas Marcelo Bosch and Tomás Cubelli. In doing so he will play under the coaching of former Argentine test fly half Gonzalo Quesada.
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An off-field victory was ensured this past week as USA Rugby gained confirmed access to its players contracted to Aviva Premiership teams for the upcoming break-through home fixture against New Zealand in Chicago. Securing player release means that the North Americans will be able to have a strong team go up against the number one team in the world, the All Blacks. It has, however, come at a cost as the agreement reached means that the Aviva Premiership players will return from Chicago to England and play no part in the subsequent tests against Romania, Tonga and Fiji in Europe. What is the opinion of those who dedicate their time to covering our great sport in the United States. Argentina 2023 seeks to find the answer to the the question on everyone's mind.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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USA Eagles head coach Mike Tolkin has adapted to the demands of missing Aviva Premiership players against Fiji, Romania and Tonga. With USA Rugby having secured player release for those based in England for the November 01 fixture in Chicago against New Zealand the trade-off is that they will then be forced out of taking-on any of the three other of the USA's international opposition in the autumn internationals. Six players are thus going to miss out on three test caps while team captain Todd Clever is free to play in all four matches and those based in France can play both the All Blacks and other tests.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
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