Monday, March 31, 2014

Carlin Isles Talks After His First 15's Game in Scotland

Carlin Isles took the field for the Glasgow Warriors second side on Saturday and got some experience as a 15's winger.  The conditions were wet (shocking) and the speedster had some issues trying to find his footing, but after an adjustment to his boots Isles found his groove.  Isle's nearly touched down a try in his first match as well, but it was called back after a closer look showed he knocked the ball on in the try zone.

Catch the full interview

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Meet the Honey Badger, More Busy than a One Armed Brick Layer in Bagdad

Rugby is a sport that has never had a shortage of characters. Nick Cummins of the Western Force in the Super XV is quickly becoming one of the most entertaining characters in professional rugby today.

Dubbed the Honey Badger Cummins'  post game interviews are becoming more entertaining than his exploits on the field. Get a load of his most recent quip.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Mercer Player Dances and Celebrates Win Over Duke

By now you know that 14th seeded Mercer knocked off Duke who was a 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.  Truly the March Madness is upon us.

What better way to celebrate a big win than breaking it down on the sidelines.  Check out how the Mercer boys throw down and celebrate.

Penn State Rugby Players Charged with Arson

This story comes from Anna Orso of the Patriot News of central Pennsylvania, and we're still trying to wrap our head around everything that's going on.

Records show two PSU rugby players were charged with felony arson charges after causing $30,000 worth of damage to to a team shed.

The fire broke out on early in the morning of Jan. 14, near the rugby fields.  A shed housing some of the team's equipment was destroyed.  Christopher J. Petri of Brookyln and Sean R. Herbart from the U.K. were charged with setting the fire.

After further police investigation it's been revealed there's been discontent and a number of issues that have developed due to issues with the head coach, his coaching style and the overall current status of the PSU program.

This comes at an interesting time, and could help explain why a Director of Rugby position was recently posted for PSU over the winter.

Anna Orso's piece goes further in depth to explain the details behind the fire, and how the two charged were caught by the police.

In an era where schools doing their best to present rugby as a high level elite sport, and distance themselves from their drunken days of rugby past this is certainly a situation that will not be taken lightly.  In the last year we've seen Army lose their men's team (they're now reinstated) due to misconduct, and the Delaware was given the death penalty after a party got out of hand.  It will be interesting to see how Penn State handles this delicate situation.   

Monday, March 17, 2014

Carlin Isles First Interview as a Glasgow Warrior

It was announced several weeks ago that USA Rugby 7's speedster Carlin Isles was heading to Scotland to play for the Glasgow Warriors.  However, due to visa restrictions and updates the former track star was not able to join the Warriors til earlier today.

After touching down in Edinburgh, Isles made the quite trip up north to Glasgow and joined his new club.  After meeting with coaches, and beginning the settling in process, Isles sat down with the Glasgow Warriors media department to discuss his future, the challenges he faces, and goals for the future.

Check out the interview here.  

Colts Owner Jim Irsay Facing Major Criminal Charges

Multiple sources are reporting that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been arrested and remains in jail this morning as charges continue to mount against him.

Kristene Guerra of the Indianapolis Star, is reporting that Irsay was charged with four felony counts possession of a controlled substance.  Police found several prescription drugs in pill bottles in Irsay's car.

In 2002 Jim Irsay admitted to struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers, and he's alluded to his years of sobriety in the past. Some are saying people within the Colts organization have been worried about the owner's behavior as of late. 

For the NFL this creates a very interesting situation. Commissioner Roger Goddell has waged a war against player behavior over the past few years. Suspending plenty of players before final court charges were even settled.  If he's willing to dictate how an athlete dictates his free time, he should definitely have input on how one of his more public owners spends theirs.  

Imagine the big commissioner dictates to a black player what they can and cannot do, but he let's the white owner off.  Just let that sink in for a minute. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Ultimate Respect Shown Between Rugby Players

A bit late but still just as powerful. #ThankYouBrian

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Matt Hawkins Names Eagles for Tokyo and Hong Kong 7's

We've seen a tremendous amount of change within the USA Men's 7's squad since they last took the field at Vegas 7's.  Carlin Isles and Folau Niua, are moving to, or currently in Glasgow and it appears that Shalom Suniula has left the program and is now plying his trade with Seattle Old Puget Sound, and as a result there are a few openings avail for Hawkins to fill.

Eagles Coach Matt Hawkins has turned to a mix of youth and experience to fill the holes on his roster.  Long time veteran Mike Palefau has returned to the squad, and youngster Mikey Te'o and WCAP player Marcus Satavu have entered the mix. 

These three will be joining veteran players Andrew Durutalo, Nick Edwards, Brett Thompson, and Zack Test, who have really anchored the team during the 2013/14 campaign.   The team is finished off with relative new comers Danny Barrett, Garrett Bender, Madison Hughes, Pono Haitsuka, and Ryan Matyas, all of whom have seem some limited action with the Eagles over the past few seasons, but are still looking to establish themselves.

The Eagles have arguably lost the best play makers over the last few months. Isles, Suniula, Enosa have all played the role of spark plug for the team in the past.  Now Hawkins will look to his youth movement to fill that void.  Mikey Te'o has been a stud on the domestic club scene, and he put on a great performance at the World Club Championships in August.  Madison Hughes has been the driving force behind a dominate Dartmouth program over the last three years.  Both young men have the talent to take over a game, but they will need to prove they can do it on the world stage.

Currently the Eagles are seven points ahead of Spain, and holding onto the last guaranteed spot on the World Series.  The upcoming two week stretch in Tokyo and Hong Kong will be vital for the Eagles to maintain their status.  Last year Hong Kong 7's proved to be the turning point for the Eagles season, and  Hawkins is hoping this will once again prove to be the case.

Squad: Danny Barrett, Garrett Bender, Andrew Durutalo, Nick Edwards, Pono Haituska, Madison Hughes, Ryan Matyas, Mike Palefau, Marcus Satavu, Mike Te'o, Zack Test, Brett Thompson

Monday, March 10, 2014

Zach Test and Carlin Isles Star in Commercial for Hong Kong 7's

After South Africa 7's in Cape Town, Zach Test and Carlin Isles stuck around to shoot a commercial for HSBC Hong Kong 7's, and let's say it's pretty awesome.