UPDATE: LATE LAST NIGHT, THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DECIDED TO FORFEIT THE GAMES AGAINST USF SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON. AS SOON AS USF FINDS A REPLACEMENT TEAM, THE TAMPA BAY RUGBY EXAMINER WILL UPDATE READERS OF THE NEW TEAM FOR SATURDAY.
Most local clubs are off this weekend. However, the University of South Florida Bulls hosts the University of Miami on Saturday afternoon. The games will be played at Sycamore field. The “B” team plays at 1 PM, followed by the “A” side match at 2:30 PM. This match against Miami is the first for the Bulls as they move up to Division I. All are encouraged to come out and support the Bulls against the Hurricanes. For more information on the team, please visit their website at: http://ctr.usf.edu/usfrugby/.
Italians defeat US 27-10
The United States Eagles played an inspired match against Italy, but fell short in the end at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in Nelson, New Zealand on Tuesday. The Eagles lost the game 27-10. Chris Wyles earned all ten points for the Eagles. He successfully scored a try in the 18th minute, and then connected on its conversion for 7 points. In the 28th minute, Wyles successfully kicked a penalty kick, which would be the final points for the Eagles in the contest. Had the United States defeated Italy, the US would have been assured an automatic bid for the next Rugby World Cup in 2015. The US now heads back home from New Zealand, with a record of one win and three losses. The victory came against Russia, and the losses were to Ireland, Australia, and Italy. Still, the Eagles proved to be a more formidable opponent than many clubs had expected, which should bode well for the future of the sport in this nation. Also, these games should serve as a solid foundation for the US as it prepared to qualify for the 2015 Cup. For more coverage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup as it moves towards the finals, please visit the website at: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/.
An article in the 28 September edition New York Times, “American Team Reflects on a World Cup as Underdogs” by Victor Mather, gives insight to readers about the USA Eagles and their time in New Zealand. The following is a link to that article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/29/sports/american-rugby-team-reflects-on-a-world-cup-as-underdogs.html?_r=3&ref=sports.
New York Times Rugby Article Link Source:
Mather, Victor. (2011, September 28). “American Team Reflects on a World Cup as Underdogs.” www.nytimes.com. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/29/sports/american-rugby-team-reflects-on-a-world-cup-as-underdogs.html?_r=2&ref=sports
US v Italy Rugby World Cup Game Source:
Lutz, Tom. (2011, September 27). “Italy v USA—as it happened.” www.guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/sep/27/rugby-world-cup-2011-italy-usa