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Written by Press Release    Wednesday, 16 November 2011 12:14    PDF Print Write e-mail
O'Sullivan Won't Return to Eagles
National Teams - USA Men

Eddie O'Sullivan coached the USA for three seasons. Ian Muir photoEddie O'Sullivan today announced that he is to move on from Head Coach to the USA Eagles and is now considering other options in rugby. The announcement, released by Baker Sports Management today, comes following the USA Eagles strong showing in the recent Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand. 

Confirming that he will not be seeking a renewal of his position Eddie O'Sullivan said 'I have thoroughly enjoyed my two and a half years as Head Coach to the USA Eagles, it has been a rewarding journey working with all the players and staff. I was delighted with our progress and overall performances in the Rugby World Cup but feel that it is now time for me to consider other options closer to home. The win over Russia and the performance against Ireland on 9/11 was particularly special. I would like to wish USA Rugby every success in the future.' 

John Baker, Eddie O'Sullivan's Manager, said that he had received some interesting enquiries and that Eddie and he could now look at these in earnest.

Eddie' O'Sullivan's Coaching Record: 

Representative:

2009 - November 2011: Head Coach USA Eagles 
Overall Record: W 8 Lost 17
v. Tier 1 Teams (full test and A sides): W 0   L 11
v. Tier 2 Teams: W 7  L 6
v. Tier 3 Teams: W 1  L 0

2007 - Head Coach to the Barbarians (Defeated RWC Champions South Africa, Dec. 2007)

2005 - Assistant Coach to British & Irish Lions to New Zealand

2002 - 2008 - Ireland
.        3 Triple Crowns
.        6 Nations Runner-Up 4 times
.        Coached Ireland to highest IRB Ranking in history (3rd in 2003 & 2006)
.        Coached Ireland to 50 Test victories (Win Record - 64%)
.        Longest Serving Irish Coach in history (7 seasons)

 

1999 - 2001 - Assistant Coach to Ireland (Backs Coach)

 1997 - 1999 - Assistant Coach to the USA Eagles (Forwards Coach)

1995 - 1997 - Head Coach to Irish U-21 (Triple Crown 1996)

1995 - 1996 - Head Coach to Connacht

1990 - 1994 - Assistant Coach to Connacht

 

Rugby World Cups:
RWC 2011 - USA Eagles- Head Coach
RWC 2007 - Ireland - Head Coach
RWC 2003 - Ireland - Head Coach
RWC 1999 - USA Eagles - Assistant Coach
RWC 1991 - Ireland - Fitness Coach


 
Written by Pat Clifton    Wednesday, 16 November 2011 10:08    PDF Print Write e-mail
Why AIC Didn't Play League Title Game
Colleges - Men's DII College

Despite going 7-0 in league play, American International College did not compete in the Rugby Northeast championship game Saturday, because AIC was forced to forfeit games for playing unCIPPed and ineligible players. Bentley, who AIC beat 22-11 earlier this season, defeated Providence, beaten 41-18 by AIC, for the inaugural conference title.

Numerous unCIPPed players competed during the season for AIC, which was discovered by Rugby Northeast commissioner Chip Auscavitch when two were carded in a game in the latter part of the season. AIC coach Josh Macy says unCIPPed players made it onto the field through his error and that he made a paperwork snafu that cost his team a chance at a playoff berth.

Many teams CIPP their players electronically, but there’s also an option to mail in the CIPP form that’s filled out online, a practice used most often when a team is paying in bulk for its players. Nearly all of AIC’s players were CIPPed on Sept. 7 or Oct. 26, and Macy said he thought he sent in the paperwork for the players who ended up unCIPPed.

AIC was also pinged for using five ineligible players. All five had submitted eligibility waiver requests to USA Rugby, and four of the requests were granted, but the players in question played before their waivers were accepted. One waiver request is still pending.

Macy, who is also AIC’s coordinator of club sports, maintains his infractions were not sinister, but honest mistakes, and that the club sports department is looking into tabbing someone to take care of the clerical issues next season, acting as a compliance officer of sorts.

Macy, who apologized to his team for letting them down, said his men’s team was rightfully upset at the way the season unfolded, but they are rallying behind their women’s team, who won the Rugby Northeast championship Saturday. The men’s team rode out to the championship game on a fan bus to show its support.

AIC will try to end its season on a positive note this weekend at the Empire Conference 7s tournament.

 
Written by Press Release    Tuesday, 15 November 2011 23:40    PDF Print Write e-mail
Franciscan Qualifies for NSCRO Semis
Colleges - Small Colleges

COTTAGE GROVE, Wisconsin ­ The stakes were high Sunday afternoon as Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio took on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in the NSCRO Central Region Final at the Wisconsin Rugby Club Sports Complex. In an unrivaled display of team unity, skill and pure talent, the Barons walked away victorious, bringing home a 35-5 win.

The match was the perfect finish to an undefeated season for the Barons after winning the Allegheny D3 title. After defeating the St. Thomas (Minn.) 26-12 at Saturday’s semifinals, Franciscan holds a season record of 10-0-1, and the team is now expected to be ranked among the top four teams in the nation. Also on Saturday, Parkside beat Wabash College (Ind.) 34-10.

“This is by far the best game that Franciscan University rugby has ever, ever played!” said head coach Mark Hanrahan. “We were up against some big guys but we had even bigger heart. Our men ran them [UW-Parkside] all over the field; the other team didn't know what hit them."

“We beat the other team with sound, fundamental rugby; run hard, tackle hard, play hard,” he added.

Jason Liuzzi scored four tries on the match while Tony Gayed and Matthew Strickland each added a try. Mike Brasie kicked a penalty and a conversion for a resounding victory on the day.

“The man of the match goes to the whole team. All 15 players out on the field played like all-stars,” beamed Hanrahan. “This was a defining moment in the history of Franciscan University.”

Parkside Coach, Todd Streeter, commented that "Franciscan was a class act and definitely the better team on the day we played ".

Franciscan University embodies what small college rugby is all about. They have a full-time undergraduate enrollment of about 700 men, an experienced and dedicated coaching staff and receive outstanding support from the college administration.

Franciscan has become the first of 4 teams to qualify for the NSCRO National Championship scheduled for April 28-29, 2012 in Glendale, Colo. at the premier rugby facility in the country - Infinity Park.

 
Written by Alex Goff    Wednesday, 16 November 2011 00:37    PDF Print Write e-mail
Movember Update - Halfway There
Off The Field - RUGBYMag Reader News

RUGBYMag.com's editor-in-chief Alex Goff is growing a Mo for Movember. 

Donate to men's cancer causes, or join the team here! Thanks to all those who have joined so far!

Go here: http://mobro.co/rugbymag to do both!


Day 15. Halfway there.


 
Written by Pat Clifton    Tuesday, 15 November 2011 19:26    PDF Print Write e-mail
DII Playoff Breakdown, Nov. 15, 2011
Colleges - Men's DII College

The DII Men’s college playoff picture is taking shape, with five of 16 participant teams already decided. UW-Whitewater and Northern Illinois clinched their spots in the Sweet 16 with wins in the Midwest semifinals Saturday, Colgate won the Northeast Sunday over Fairfield, Bentley beat Providence for the Rugby Northeast title Saturday and Boston University knocked off Rhode Island Nov. 5 for the New England crown.

The Mid-Atlantic season is almost over, too. The Potomac has decided its three representatives for the MARFU playoffs next spring: 1. Salisbury 2. Towson 3. Georgetown. The two teams who will represent Virginia are VMI and Radford, though we won’t know who the top seed is until Radford plays Mary Washington Saturday. The EPRU championship also takes place Saturday, when East Stroudsburg and the College of New Jersey, who have clinched MARFU playoff bids, are fighting for seeding. Of the eight teams who make the MARFU playoffs, only the top two advance to the Sweet 16.

The West has also been pared down to a few contenders. Central Missouri won the Heart of America/Great Plains and Lindenwood swept the Missouri union. Lindenwood gets the West’s top seed to the territorial playoffs and will await the winner of Eastern Rockies, where Northern Colorado is undefeated and looks destined to stay that way. The Mules will play the winner out of Texas, a league which hasn’t yet started in earnest. The top two out of the West playoffs, held March 31 - April 1 in St. Louis, will advance to the Sweet 16.

WEST
Pacific 1
SoCal 1

Pacific 2
Pacific 3

UW-Whitewater (Midwest 1)
West 2

West 1
Northern Illinois (Midwest 2)

EAST
Colgate (NRU)
Bentley (Rugby Northeast)

Boston Univ. (New England)
MARFU 2

MARFU 1
Dixie

South
Southern Conference

 


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