Category Archives: USA

Beware, the Kamaishi resurgence factor

Members of the Flying Fijians need to have their eyes wide open in their first match against Japan in the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday.

The Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium . . . named after the town's recovery from the 2011 tsunami that destroyed most of the area. Photo: World Rugby

The Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium where the match has been scheduled is the same venue for the Flying Fijians second assignment in the Rugby World Cup against Uruguay on September 25. Continue reading

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First title for USA

The USA team celebrate after winning the London Sevens tournament in the World Sevens Series. Photo: Planet Rugby

The USA team celebrate after winning the London Sevens tournament in the World Sevens Series. Photo: Planet Rugby

The USA claimed the London Sevens title while Fiji were crowned overall World Series champions after the final leg of the season over the weekend.

Mike Friday’s side beat Australia 45-22 to complete a stunning day, having earlier crushed England and Canada to reach the final.

Australia had impressed up until the final, comfortably seeing off first Scotland and then Fiji, but they had no answer against the Americans.

With their combination of sprint duo Perry Baker and Carlin Isles, as well as former Fiji age group player Andrew Durutalo, they were a class above everyone else at Twickenham, claiming their first Sevens World Series title as a result. Continue reading

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Fiji resist Eagles comeback

Watisoni Votu scored a brace for Fiji. Photo: Planet Rugby

Watisoni Votu scored a brace for Fiji. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fiji held on to stave off a second-half comeback from the USA Eagles to win 20-14 in Friday’s Test match in Vannes, France.

First half tries from Montpellier full-back Timoci Nagusa and wing Watisoni Votu, who also plies his club trade in France at second division Perpignan, helped the Pacific Islanders to a 15-0 half-time lead as Nemani Nadolo of Crusaders knocked over a conversion and a penalty.

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Argentina and Australia still undefeated in rugby sevens

Liu Xiaoqian of China (L) scores during the women pool of rugby sevens against the United States at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. China won 29-7. (Xinhua/Yan Yan) (yqq)

Liu Xiaoqian of China (L) scores against the United States at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. China won 29-7. (Xinhua/Yan Yan) (yqq)

Argentina’s men and Australia’s women remain the only unbeaten teams in rugby sevens after Monday’s matches at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games being played at Nanjing’s Youth Olympic Games Sports Park.

France, Argentina and Japan each won two matches in the men’s tournament as early medal favourites Fiji had a poor day, and Australia, China and Canada all recorded excellent wins in women’s matches.

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Mack is putting something back

Phil Mack attacks against Fiji in their PNC clash last year. Photo: Ottawa Citizen

Phil Mack attacks against Fiji in their PNC clash last year. Photo: Ottawa Citizen

Phil Mack is a small man who has made a big contribution to Canadian rugby – and not just as a star of both formats of the game.

Mack, who won his 21st cap at Fifteens against border rivals USA in the Pacific Nations Cup in Sacramento last night, is also an eight-year veteran of the Rugby Sevens circuit.

Last season he was named in the HSBC Sevens World Series Dream Team and remains his country’s all-time record points scorer with just shy of 900 points from a half-century of appearances, a total that surely would have been more had he not undergone knee surgery two years ago.

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Island honour on line in ‘Battle of Pacific’

Samoa faces Fiji at the ANZ Stadium in Suva tomorrow. Photo: IRB

Samoa faces Fiji at the ANZ Stadium in Suva tomorrow. Photo: IRB

The final Pacific Conference match of Pacific Nations Cup 2014 will see Fiji host Samoa in Suva on Saturday 21 June to determine who will finish as the top side in the region.

Both teams have performed well in recent weeks with Fiji moving up one place in the IRB World Rankings to 10th following good wins over Italy (25-14) and Tonga (45-17) this month. Samoa, who drew against Tonga 18-all and defeated Italy 15-0 last week, also climbed up a spot to 9th.

The last time the two teams met was at PNC 2012 in Tokyo when Samoa edged Fiji 29-26. However, in 2011 in Suva, Fiji won 36-18. So it is all to play for and pride is at stake in what locals are describing as the ‘Battle of the Pacific.”

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Japan victors over USA

Ayumu Goromaru booted 17 points for Japan. Photo: Getty Images

Ayumu Goromaru booted 17 points for Japan. Photo: Getty Images

Japan continue to dominate the emerging rugby nations after securing a 37-29 victory over the USA in the Pacific Nations Cup.

Full-back Ayumu Goromaru put in yet another impressive performance for the Brave Blossoms, kicking 17 points as Japan secured a bonus-point victory.

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