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Written by Alex Goff    Tuesday, 31 January 2012 16:57    PDF Print Write e-mail
BYU Captain Ryan Roundy on CWU Game
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BYU captain Ryan Roundy talks about his team's trip to Seattle, and his injury.

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Written by Alex Goff    Tuesday, 31 January 2012 14:26    PDF Print Write e-mail
LVI Final Schedules Released
Tournaments - LVI

Las Vegas Invitational Tournament Director Jon Hinkin said today that the tournament is now over 200 clubs.

As of last count, 203 clubs have entered 230 teams in the event, (www.lvirugby.com) which leads up to the USA 7s in Las Vegas next week (www.usasevens.com).

 
Written by Pat Clifton    Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:24    PDF Print Write e-mail
PCRFU Looking for All-Star Coaches
Clubs - All-Stars

The Pacific Coast RFU is looking for a volunteers to fill three all-star Head Coach positions:
Women's senior 15s all-star team
Women's senior 7s all-star team
Women's collegiate 15s all-star team

Position descriptions are as follows:

Position Title: Women’s 15s Grizzly Head Coach (Volunteer position) 

Overview: Women’s 15s Grizzly Head Coach will be responsible for program development, general coaching and selection duties. Head Coach reports to the PCRFU Women’s High Performance Coordinator.

Position Status: The PCRFU Women’s Grizzly Program has been very competitive and has placed numerous players in the USA Rugby Women’s National Team pool.  The goal for 2012, possibly the final year of the NASC to be played by territorial teams, is to continue that success.

Term: 1-year appointment minimum

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Submit to the High Performance Coordinator a Grizzly Program Plan which documents the Grizzly team activities, calendar and staff;
  • Plan and attend Women’s Grizzly selection/development camps and select players; OR coordinate and attend a Grizzly Shield Tournament (a competition between LAU teams) and select players;
  • Coach the Women’s Grizzly Team;
  • Select coaching staff (assistants), manager, and athletic trainer;
  • Prepare and submit team budget, or direct budget preparation by manager;
  • Attend USA Rugby All Star Championships held in June
  • Work with the USA Rugby Women’s National Team Program to bring the Grizzlies in alignment with the technical philosophy of the National Team.
  • Work with PCRFU Women’s Collegiate and 7’s Grizzly Team Coaches and Women’s High Performance Coordinator to develop continuity of programs and a coherent development progression for PCRFU Women players
  • Adherence to USA Rugby’s Coaches Code of Conduct and the USOC Coaching Ethics Code (attached)
  • USA Rugby Coach Level II or Developing Rugby Skills Certification desired.

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Position Title: Women’s U23 Grizzly Head Coach (Volunteer position) 

Overview: Women’s U23 Grizzly Head Coach will be responsible for program development, general coaching and selection duties. Head Coach reports to the PCRFU Women’s High Performance Coordinator.

Position Status: The PCRFU Women’s Collegiate (formerly U23) Grizzly Program is 13 years old and has been competitive in the USA Rugby U23/Collegiate NASC. The goal for 2012, possibly the final year of the NASC to be played by territorial teams, is to continue that success and increase emphasis on placing players on the USA Rugby Women’s Collegiate National Team.

In addition to Pacific Coast Collegiate Players, players from the North division of the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference will also be eligible for the team

Term: 1-year appointment minimum

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Submit to the High Performance Coordinator a Grizzly Program Plan which documents the Grizzly team activities, calendar and staff;
  • Plan and attend Women’s Grizzly selection/development camps and select players; OR coordinate and attend a Grizzly Shield Tournament (a competition between LAU teams) and select players;
  • Coach the Women’s U23 Grizzly Team;
  • Select coaching staff (assistants), manager, and athletic trainer;
  • Prepare and submit team budget, or direct budget preparation by manager
  • Attend USA Rugby All Star Championships held in June
  • Work with PCRFU Women’s 15’s and Women’s 7’s Grizzly Team Coaches and Women’s High Performance Coordinator to develop continuity of programs and a coherent development progression for PCRFU Women players
  • Work with the USA Rugby Women’s National Team Program to bring the Grizzlies in alignment with the technical philosophy of the National Team.
  • Adherence to USA Rugby’s Coaches Code of Conduct and the USOC Coaching Ethics Code (available at PCRFU website)
  • USA Rugby Coach Level II or Developing Rugby Skills Certification desired.


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Position Title: Women’s 7s Grizzly Head Coach (Volunteer position) 

Overview: Women’s 7s Grizzly Head Coach will be responsible for program development, general coaching and selection duties. Head Coach reports to the PCRFU Women’s High Performance Coordinator.

Position Status: The PCRFU Women’s 7s Grizzly Program is 9 years old, has been very competitive and has placed players in the USA Rugby Women’s 7’s National Team pool.  The goal for 2012, possibly the final year of the NASC to be played by territorial teams, is to continue that success.

Term: 1-year appointment minimum

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Submit to the High Performance Coordinator a Grizzly Program Plan which documents the Grizzly team activities, calendar and staff;
  • Plan and attend Women’s Grizzly selection/development camps and select players; OR coordinate and attend a Grizzly Shield Tournament (a competition between LAU teams) and select players;
  • Coach the Women’s 7s Grizzly Team;
  • Select coaching staff (assistants), manager, and athletic trainer;
  • Prepare and submit team budget, or direct budget preparation by manager;
  • Attend USA Rugby All Star Championships held in August
  • Work with PCRFU Women’s 15’s and Women’s Collegiate Grizzly Team Coaches and Women’s High Performance Coordinator to develop continuity of programs and a coherent development progression for PCRFU Women players
  • Work with the USA Rugby Women’s National Team Program to bring the Grizzlies in alignment with the technical philosophy of the National Team.
  • Adherence to USA Rugby’s Coaches Code of Conduct and the USOC Coaching Ethics Code (available at PCRFU website)
  • USA Rugby Coach Level II, Developing Rugby Skills, or 7s Coaching Certification desired.


For more information or questions contact Ellen Owens at

510-410-0506 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, February 17, 2012


 
Written by Press Release    Tuesday, 31 January 2012 14:01    PDF Print Write e-mail
Women Assemble for 7s Camp
Sevens - USA Sevens Women

Katie Dowty part of the USA 7s team hopefuls.CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- The Women’s Eagle Sevens Team has assembled in preparation for the USA Women’s International Sevens Invitationalfrom February 10-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  There are 24 women attending the camp and all of them will play in the Invitational.   Twelve players will compete as the USA Women’s Eagles Sevens Team and the remaining 12 women will compete as the 'Stars and Stripes' a USA developmental squad. The camp begins January 30 and ends February 6 when the teams will depart for Las Vegas.

In November 2011 USA Rugby announced that eight full-time training contracts would be offered to USA Women's sevens athletes.  Of the 24 women attending camp, seven are full-time residents at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The remaining 17 are the taxi squad and have received invites to attend the camp.

This team camp will be the first since the Women’s Eagle Sevens Team took fourth place at the IRB Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup in Dubai in December 2011. The large group of players attending the camp this week will make for tough competition in receiving an invite to play for the USA side in Las Vegas.

The first match of the tournament will see the USA Stars and Stripes play The Netherlands at 8:00 a.m. PT while the Women’s Eagles will play at 9:00 a.m. PT, both on February 10.  All matches throughout the three-day tournament will be webcast live at usarugby.org.

USA Women’s Eagle Sevens | 2012 USA Sevens Camp | Jan. 30 - Feb. 6, 2012

Amy Naber (Arizona)
Jillion Potter (Glendale)
Katie Lorenz (Unattached)
Tyra McGrady (Glendale)
*Kimber Rozier (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
*Bui Baravilala (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Jane Paar (Navy)
*Kaelene Lundstrom (Bird Island, Minn.)
Amy Daniels (Beantown)
*Deven Owsiany (Royersford, Penn.)
Cade Hildreth (NOVA)
*Katie Dowty (San Ramon, Calif.)
Beth Black (NOVA)
Lauren Hoeck (NOVA)
*Vanesha McGee (Flemington, N.J.)
Irene Gardner (Berkeley All-Blues)
Emilie Bydwell (San Diego Surfers)
Victoria Folayan (Berkeley All-Blues)
*Kelly Grifin (Oakland, Calif.)
Cristina Mastrangelo (Chicago North Shore)
Ryan Carlyle (Raleigh)
Sylvia Braaten (Twin City Amazons)
Rebekah Siebach (Cougar Women’s Rugby)
Erica Cavanaugh (NOVA)
* Indicates Full-Time Resident

 
Written by Alex Goff    Monday, 30 January 2012 20:41    PDF Print Write e-mail
Defense The Word for Eagles
Sevens - USA Sevens Men

The USA 7s team will not run scrimmages this week as they prepare for the New Zealand 7s in Wellington this weekend.

Head Coach Al Caravelli decided to ramp down his pre-tournament scrimmaging during December and will do the same this week, trying to save wear and tear on the players’ bodies.

Got to make those tackles. Shalom Suniula on the job. Ian Muir photo.“We beat them up pretty good in camp,” Caravelli told RUGBYMag.com. And indeed they did.

Defensive specialist Dave Ellis spent time with the team in camp and defense has been the watchword all through the USA’s preparation.

“The biggest thing we’ve been working on is to try to improve our defense,” said Caravelli. “You look at the latest IRB stats and we are one of the best teams in scoring tries from our own half. We can put together strings. But we need to improve our defensive organization and improve ourselves in the contact area.”

So it’s that simple. The USA team had been tackling and getting stuck into the contact in Chula Vista. Now the Eagles are cutting back on the contact and working on communication and organization.

They feel they can score tries, and in fact with the addition of Roland Suniula and Maka Unufe, they’ve added some heat to their attack.

The true test of what they have done will be more on the defensive side of the ball.

And it won’t be easy. The USA play South Africa in the first match of the entire tournament, Friday 1pm local time (that’s Thursday 4pm PT, 7pm ET). They have never beaten South Africa.

Then they follow that up with England at 4:18pm local time (7:18pm Thursday PT, 10:18pm Thursday ET), and then the Cook Islands just before 10pm Pacific Time.

These teams are not unfamiliar with the Eagles. In the first four tournaments of the 2011-2012 season, the USA will have played South Africa three times. The first two games were losses of 17-12 and 36-7. They have also been drawn with England, losing 26-7 in South Africa.

 

 


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