International Rugby News
Former USA Men's 15s Head Coach Peter Thorburn has died.
The New Zealander, who coached North Harbour for many years, was an All Black Selector, coached the New Zealand 7s team, the New Zealand age-grades, and Bristol in England, was 81. He died after a short illness.
Kirk Khasigian had the unenviable task of replacing one of the USA's all-time greats, as he pulled on into the Eagle #2 jersey after the retirement of Tom Billups.
A smooth and intelligent flyhalf out of Penn, Ines Rodriguez was one of those players who just glued everything together.
A superb playmaker in 15s for Penn and later for top-level clubs in Pennsylvania, Rodriguez was capped eight times by the USA.
Jay Hanson’s story is a classic one of the early days of the modern era of American rugby.
He found rugby where he could, and continued to perform at a high level whenever he did so. He played in high school in Maryland when that wasn’t really a thing. He attended TCU and found a club in Fort Worth to play for.
Paul Emerick is one of the greatest American outside backs.
Generally playing at outside center, the former University of Northern Iowa All American and later Chicago Lions was a favorite with fans because he never, ever backed down, was brutally honest about his performance good or bad, and was just plain fun to watch.