Fiji vs Samoa - Nayacalevu say hi to Tuilagi say high to Nayacalevu

July 25, 2015

Well, it's safe to say Rugby is looking pretty pretty in the US right now.  I will keep this brief because I'm too tired for philosophy at the moment.   The short and skinny (or short and fattish like me) is that there were some AWESOME matches in San Jose and Sacramento these past 7 days.   The Rugby Commentators, ESPN3 and the Rugby Crew, the USA Rugby, Japan, Samoa, Fiji, Canada... all displayed what is coming here in the US.

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I had the distinct honor serving as the Red Cap on the Broadcast team for all 4 matches in San Jose/Sacramento.  Since my playing days are coming to a close and my life is too busy for coaching, I continue to find my way "onto the field".  This time I got to wear a headset, give the teams a thumbs up to walk through the tunnel, tell the wonderful National Anthem singers (lots of countries!) when it was time to sing, give the referee a "time to blow the whistle" thumbs up, and great each team's captain after the match for their postgame interviews. 

Needless to say, lots of fun and so wonderful to see.   Rugby is awake 'round these parts and Boys & Girls all around the country are falling in love.

Here are photos I took with my headset on listening to the production calls on channel 1 "camera one, take one, take two, ooooooh nice hit, perfectly timed" and The Rugby Commentators on channel 2 with "Biggest hit in Sacramento since the Beetles rolled through."

This is the beautiful catch by Waisea Nayacalevu and the perfectly timed and executed hit by the Samoan Captain #11 Alesana Tuilagi. 

First, watch the hit on the ESPN3 feed...

Alesana Tuilagi destroys Waisea Nayacalevu and the commentators take the oppurtunity to demonstrate their expansive rugby vocabulary with similes, metaphors and "all the above"Ultimate Rugby

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Now here are my photos...

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