This is an opinion column by GRR Editor Alex Goff—So I have been struggling with producing another commentary on COVID and how it relates to sports, young people, and rugby.
With the USA set to face Canada September 11 in the second leg of the Rugby World Cup Qualifier series, the Eagles are looking at a 13-point deficit.
It could, of course, have been larger were it not for Tavite Lopeti's try and AJ MacGinty's conversion right at the end of the first game.
Looking at the Tokyo 2020 performance from the USA Men, I am not especially surprised or shocked.
From the end of the 2018-19 season, the Eagles had struggled with inconsistency, and so to see them continue to deal with that was no great shock.
Analysis by Alex Goff
(This is an Opinion Column by Alex Goff)—Was it a waste of time to send the USA Men's 15s team to England and Ireland?
A simple yes-or-no question that begs a less simple follow-up: Why or why not?
Well, here goes:
No, it wasn't a waste of time. Why? That's where there's more to write.
Dan Leo's film about the exploitation of Pacific Island rugby players is a must-view.
Released on Amazon Prime, the film, Oceans Apart, addresses how players from Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji are among the best in the world, and prop up many of the world's top professional and international teams, and yet there's no money or support for those specific rugby nations.