International Rugby News
The American Raptors are set to start Super Rugby Americas action in a little more than two weeks, playing four games on the road to start the competition.
They kick-start it all with a game at the Seattle Seawolves in Tukwila, Wash. this coming weekend.
Well we almost predicted it.
Goofing around with the Men’s World Series Standings we speculated that we might see all of the top teams tied … or at least most within a point of each other.
That second scenario is basically happening.
In a way it was a deeply head-shaking weekend for the USA Women's 7s team.
The results, in the end, did the job. They beat Canada, Great Britain (twice), and Ireland on their way to 3rd in the Sydney 7s. But they also slipped against Fiji—a talented Fiji to be sure—and found success against France fleeting.
The Eagle women are back in the semifinals after two intense and nailbiting clashes ith Great Britain.
Team GB had achieved their best finish in the World Series season last time out, taking 5th, but it had been a weird, up-and-down performance. Great Britain was much more consistent this time around and against the USA were tenacious on defense and opportunistic.
The USA Men's 7s team faltered in pool play in Sydney, losing in rather extravagant fashion to Samoa and Ireland.
The team that had surprise so many in recent weeks seemed to hit a bit of a wall against both of those sides. Just a shade slower to the ball, and not as dominant in the tackle, they found themselves scrambling to get going.