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Old 12 September 2019, 22:19
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2019 Rugby World Cup

2019 Rugby World Cup wallchart:
https://static3.stuff.co.nz/rugbywc2...t-09895552.pdf

USA is in Division C having to go up against some of the real big boys force ranked as worst first:

England vs USA Sept 26th
France vs USA Oct 2nd
Argentina vs USA Oct 9th
Tonga vs USA Oct 13th

Thatís the bad news.....

The good news is the US beat Argentina in the past year(under ex All Blacks head coach John Mitchell).

The US team has improved considerably, if not consistently, in the last decade+ and theyíre getting close to breaking into the top 10, currently sitting at 13.

Now theyíve got an ex-Springboks Head coach.

A near inevitable loss to England(3) right at the start will suck.

But if the Eagles can shock France(8), then Argentina(11) who theyíve already beaten not long ago, and finally Tonga(15), I reckon the Eagles could exit the 2019 RWC as a legitimate threat against the worldís best.

I predict this RWC will be one of extremes for the Eagles.

Either a big victory or a big defeat, no in between.
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Old 14 September 2019, 13:55
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I am really looking forward to the Rugby WC. I have been following rugby more and more lately - especially since the NFL has become a fucking soap opera.

I will, of course, be supporting the USA. But IMO the NZ All Blacks are the most respect-worthy team in professional sports, and I would be surprised if they don't win it again. It is interesting to see Ireland ranked #1 - but they did beat NZ earlier this year. Regardless of who wins - I am just looking forward to watching some great matches.
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Just finished conducting Train the Trainer with a group of flight instructors from South Africa. They were stoked about the WC.
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Old 14 September 2019, 15:13
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I am really looking forward to the Rugby WC. I have been following rugby more and more lately - especially since the NFL has become a fucking soap opera.

I will, of course, be supporting the USA. But IMO the NZ All Blacks are the most respect-worthy team in professional sports, and I would be surprised if they don't win it again. It is interesting to see Ireland ranked #1 - but they did beat NZ earlier this year. Regardless of who wins - I am just looking forward to watching some great matches.
US rugby has been slowly, surely, and considerably(but not yet consistently) improving the last decade+.

Las Vegas Sevens is going some way as well in growing US interest as itís custom built for US sports fans.

The US has an endless supply of physical talent for rugby(think Wide Receivers, Running Backs, Safeties, Linebackers, Special Teams, Tight Ends, NOT Linesmen), and in recent years has been getting world class coaching talent, and a growing fan base.

Someone just needs to figure out how to make money out of it.
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Old 14 September 2019, 15:42
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US rugby has been slowly, surely, and considerably(but not yet consistently) improving the last decade+.

Las Vegas Sevens is going some way as well in growing US interest as itís custom built for US sports fans.

The US has an endless supply of physical talent for rugby(think Wide Receivers, Running Backs, Safeties, Linebackers, Special Teams, Tight Ends, NOT Linesmen), and in recent years has been getting world class coaching talent, and a growing fan base.

Someone just needs to figure out how to make money out of it.
I think you need an A-list celebrity to elevate rugby in the U.S. Iím thinking someone like Dwayne Johnson would fit that bill.
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US rugby has been slowly, surely, and considerably(but not yet consistently) improving the last decade+.

Las Vegas Sevens is going some way as well in growing US interest as itís custom built for US sports fans.

The US has an endless supply of physical talent for rugby(think Wide Receivers, Running Backs, Safeties, Linebackers, Special Teams, Tight Ends, NOT Linesmen), and in recent years has been getting world class coaching talent, and a growing fan base.

Someone just needs to figure out how to make money out of it.
Just start a training camp on the Island of Samoa!
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Old 15 September 2019, 06:42
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I think you need an A-list celebrity to elevate rugby in the U.S. Iím thinking someone like Dwayne Johnson would fit that bill.
Thatís actually a solid idea.....and team ownership interests once the US figures out how to make money with a rugby union or 7ís franchise system.
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Just start a training camp on the Island of Samoa!
Samoaís got some rugby superheroes thatís for sure.

A bit like American Samoaís American Football talent pipeline.
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Just start a training camp on the Island of Samoa!
Haha. Lot of truth to this. My sonsí High school has had a great rugby program for a while now. Herriman High in Utah has a very competitive program. Playing rugby has helped both my boys get better at the other sports they play; pretty much all their friends are Polynesian young men. Pretty big community here in the utah.
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Old 15 September 2019, 17:14
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Haha. Lot of truth to this. My sonsí High school has had a great rugby program for a while now. Herriman High in Utah has a very competitive program. Playing rugby has helped both my boys get better at the other sports they play; pretty much all their friends are Polynesian young men. Pretty big community here in the utah.
I always enjoyed hanging out with the rugby players when I got out of HS. I had a shit coach in HS(prep school), I had him for three varsity sports all three years I went there. It soured me on team sports , at least till there was beer involved!
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26 matches will be shown live on NBCSN, and streamed via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

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Have any of you watched All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks on Amazon?

I absolutely loved the show. The commitment to the team, not to themselves, was refreshing. It was such a stark contrast to similar shows involving NFL teams.
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Played rugby in college, wing/flanker.

Thought football and wrestling in HS was tough.

Got a great "g'day mate" awakening in rugby. Toughest group of guys I knew.
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Have any of you watched All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks on Amazon?

I absolutely loved the show. The commitment to the team, not to themselves, was refreshing. It was such a stark contrast to similar shows involving NFL teams.
Yes, I have seen it. It is very well done and I agree with your comments regarding "team first". That's one of the things I was referring to when I said they are so worthy of respect.

You also must see "Beneath the Black" - another fantastic documentary on the history and roots of NZ rugby. I actually enjoyed this one more. This one presents an aspect of the military history of NZ, and how deeply entrenched the sport has become in the society of NZ. It also shows the youth programs and how they feed the national programs. And - of course - there is the Haka.
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