Written By: Mark Janzen Just don’t call it a swan song. Mike Palefau – a product of Kahuku, Hawaii, a graduate of Southern Utah University, a 7s and 15s star with USA Rugby and now member of the fledgling Seattle Seawolves – wanted to make it clear. His joining the Seawolves isn’t a victory lap. “I wouldn’t say this is a cap (on my career) quite yet,” Palefau, 36, says with a laugh, cutting off the person who suggested the idea. “I still have some years left.” Of course he does. And if his wide-ranging career is a precursor for...
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Written By: Andrea Burk At the end of a season, recalls coach Damian McGrath, “I always ensure it’s never seen as the end! I set the scene for the next step as we pause to draw breath from the last. “I highlight the positives and get excited over the 'room for improvement'. Clear the mind with a break from the regular routine, but lay out what is to come. I like to see it as a movie trailer – a taste of what’s in store. Each individual [is] reviewed (including support staff) so everyone has a clear picture of where...
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Written By: Doug Crosse On the precipice of the latest professional rugby league about to launch in the USA and Canada, fans are buoyant at the possibilities of what this will mean for the popularity of the sport in the mainstream public. Stinging from the failure of the one season of ProRugby in 2016, the optimism is palpable, primarily for the differences between Pro Rugby league owner Doug Schoninger and the seven franchises ready to battle in the Major League Rugby debut this weekend. In Schoninger, there was one man who controlled the purse-strings and made a lot of promises...
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