A Few Thoughts on USA Rugby (and some recommendations) 10

I wrote this post prior to the USA v. Japan match tonight at RWC2015.  The USA lost another very winnable game. I believe our issues are systemic in a big way. Here is the way the Pool table ended…

Pool B results -20151011-075556

11/11/2015. I have committed to not eating today – so when USA Rugby wins tonight I can eat my words from last night. And I will, with delight. However; win or lose this evening – it doesn’t change the premise of the discussion.

Ok, so clearly I stirred up a bit of a wasp’s nest with my post last night. I want to make something very clear – I am not posing complaints at any one individual. I am raising some issues that we (yes, the collective “we” who have a true passion for rugby in the USA) must resolve for fear that the ‘definition of insanity’ will rule, and we will just continue with the same old story, same old results. I am also not criticizing any one individual, nor the commitment of any one individual.

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A Great Day! Australia v. Wales (Twickenham Stadium, London) Oct. 10, 2015 1

I had a pretty amazing day today. Four hours before kickoff, I did not have a ticket to the match.  My man, Victor Ubogu and his staff (thank-you Felicia, and his wife Ang) completely squared me away.  I got a text , go to such and such address to pick up your ticket…  I get there and I peak in and there are some pretty decent former players in there.  Two RWC Champions (David Campese AUS, and Chester Williams RSA) and the great Mark Ella who retired in 1984 after leading the Wallabies to a Grand Slam tour of the UK.

The great Australian outside halfback and Grand Slam Champion 1984, Mark Ella

The great Australian outside halfback and Grand Slam Champion 1984, Mark Ella

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