Tuesday, August 23, 2011

USA at 1991 Rugby World Cup


After a succesful first Rugby World Cup in 1987 which involved a win over Japan the United States of America were looking to do better four years latter in Rugby World Cup 1991. The rugby God´s were not so kind, however, as the USA were drawn in Pool A to face World Champions, New Zealand, Italy and tournament hosts, England. If the draw wasn´t bad enough, the match schedule handed to the USA was simply cruel as the USA faced all three sides in six days. Fixtures were crammed in for the pool phase to be as quick as possible but this also disadvantaged some teams over others. New Zealand had four extras days, for instance. The USA were winless in 1991 but were able to put together impressive performances and compete well in various aspects of play.

More importantly, the experience the players had in playing a Rugby World Cup match against England at the home of rugby, Twickenham was extraordinary. The English were more organized and impressed but the USA played some great rugby of their own and scored a superb try which was recieived loud applause from the London crowd.

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