A special collection of rugby goodness about our USA Eagles who rallied hard yesterday to nearly beat Samoa, 25-21, after a 22-3 Somoan lead at halftime.
USA coach Peter Thorburn hopes the IRB Rugby World Cup will help catapult the sport into the mainstream.
“It has always been the sleeping giant,” he said. “I believe that it will reach its potential in the next four or five years, and in eight will be part of the tier one (the best 10 teams in the world).”
Thorburn believes there is a place for rugby alongside the top sports of basketball, American football, ice hockey and baseball.
“They (the American public) love physicality in their sports, lots of action, and rugby is also a multi-skill game. I know that if they see it for the first time, they will like it.”
• Kevin Roberts discusses the next RWC in New Zealand and also agrees to keep the 20-team format for smaller teams to grow … also check out his post on America’s need for “Whakapapa” to fall in love with rugby.
Added: Congratulations to Mark Griffin on being named the 2007 Hershey’s STRIVE National Administrator of the Year by the National Council of Youth Sports. Griffin is a USA Rugby Game Development staff member and also the founder of Play Rugby USA, which “encourages kids across the country to boost their fitness and learn the skills of rugby while developing a set of core values including teamwork and leadership.”