RuggaMatrix America - GoffRugbyReport

A podcast featuring Bruce McLane and Alex Goff about American rugby, its issues, its problems, its successes, and why Bruce (especially) and sometimes Alex have the solutions.
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May 15, 2023

Alex Goff sits down in Dan Arbeznik's classroom not to talk about the St. Ignatius HS team (which he coaches), but the massive turnout for Rookie Rugby Cleveland.

When we talk about Youth Rugby and growing the game, are we making progress? Some are, and here's how Rookie Rugby Cleveland has 800 kids playing rugby every Sunday in the spring. 

Want to know more? email about how it's done. (But like Dan says in the podcast, you might not get a reply until August!) 

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Mar 2, 2023

Former TransAmerica Life CEO Tom Cusack sat down with Alex Goff to talk about USA Rugby finances, the high performance review, the national teams, the split with NCR, the need for a bigger staff, Rugby World Cup money, and above all ... trust.

USA Rugby's Board also released a letter to the membership about what they have been working on so far. Click on the link to read it.

Feb 6, 2023

Alex Goff sits down with USA legend Luke Gross, who parlayed his 6-9 frame and a ton of grit to a long professional and record-setting USA career before becoming a coach.

Jan 7, 2023

Alex Goff sits down with former USA 7s star Ben Pinkelman who, after being forced to retire due to injury, has taken up the coaching reins.

Pink talks about his start and how he worked through the ranks, whether playing high-level 15s and 7s at the same time is feasible, or even advisable, he talks about his Olympics pain, the thrill of being on the World Sevens Series Dream Team, and what the future holds for the USA 7s program.


Dec 27, 2022

The Chuckanut Rugby Club's fields have long been a big part of rugby in the Pacific Northwest. But it also needed some upgrades. When the Dewilde family donated the land to the rugby club, they, with the help of of donors, partners, and supporters, have been able to make it even better.

Alex Goff sits down with Todd Vasey, Chuckanut Rugby President, to talk about what the venue means to the club, the region, and also the neighborhood in Ferndale, Wash.

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Dec 17, 2022

Bruce McLane sits down with Life University Head Coach Colton Cariaga.

Cariaga, who played in Ireland as well as as an All American at Life, touches on helping players through adversity, the HP troubles in USA Rugby, and what coaches around the country can do to further the game.

The conversation covers a variety of topics and is well worth a listen. Check out Cariaga's coaching tips instagram feed at:

Jun 14, 2021

USA women's 7s star Abby Gustaitis and men's 7s Head Coach Mike Friday talk with Alex Goff about the Quest for the Gold Tournament in Los Angeles, the Olympics, and what's next.

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Mar 4, 2021

Iowa State Head Coach Anthony Frein goes into detail on how he got his club college team approved to play despite COVID restrictions.

It's about being flexible, detailed, and realizing that any rugby, if safely done, is a benefit to the players.

Alex Goff jumps on his soapbox a bit too.

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Feb 26, 2021

Alex Goff sits down with UCLA Head Coach David Clancy, former Scotland international Adam Ashe, and former England and British & Irish Lions prop Alex Corbisiero on their new roles coaching at UCLA.

Feb 10, 2021

USA lock Nick Civetta breaks down his jobs in the second row, giving priceless insights on the lineout, the scrum, and even the right equipment.

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Jan 30, 2021

Justin Goonan is the current Indiana University Head Coach and he has coached at all levels in the United States, both as a rugby coach and a Strength & Conditioning coach.

Now he is trying to help all those rugby coaches who don't have an S&C get their players fit and fit for rugby. Goonan sits down with Bruce McLane and Alex Goff to talk more about it.

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Jan 22, 2021

The key to rugby success is to keep learning and improving, and USA second row forward Nick Civetta has been doing that his entire career.

Once overlooked for the national team for reasons he says were perfectly fair, Civetta remade himself, and has become a stalwart of the team. Now he is embarking on another journey as he continues his rugby—attaining a Master's at Oxford. 

Civetta sits down with Bruce McLane and Alex Goff to talk about this and much more.

Jan 9, 2021

Dr. Richard Urso has been deep into how America has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and he has some thoughts.

He talks directly with Bruce McLane about the (lack of) value in shutdowns and staying at home, simple treatments that work, practice responses, Vitamin D, the vaccine, and it's up to the listeners to see how this translates to whether we should be able to play sports at the youth, HS, and college levels.

Follow Dr. Urso at @richardursomd

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Jan 5, 2021

Strength and Conditioning expert Rob Oshinskie has worked with athletes from all over the spectrum. He sits down with Bruce McLane and (a little bit) Alex Goff to talk about mistakes coaches make with S&C, what works and what's a waste of time, and how you can help your athletes get stronger, fitter, and smarter.

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Dec 29, 2020

The USA's main flyhalf AJ MacGinty is busy playing for Sale Sharks and knows many of his Eagle teammates aren't able to play as easily. He knows he's lucky, and he speaks with Alex Goff about the Sharks, the Eagles, the World Cup, and fatherhood.

Dec 10, 2020

USA Rugby CEO Ross Young checks in with Alex Goff about the organization's new digs, new plans, and coming out of bankruptcy and COVID.

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Sep 2, 2020

A day after USA Rugby cleared a key hurdle in its bankruptcy reorganization, the NGB's CEO sat down with Alex Goff to discuss the challenges in getting there, what's next, and ... apologies?

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Aug 17, 2020

John Van Der Giessen was willing to travel the world to learn the game, and willing to go places emotionally not every play can go to in order to become an internationals.

Now successful in the business world, VDG talks with Bruce McLane about how he became an Eagle, who helped him along the way, and what lessons he learned.

Aug 13, 2020

Topo Rodriguez played prop for Argentina, Australia, and Tahiti, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest scrummagers ever.

He is also a sharp and critical thinker and pulls no punches in talking about problems and solutions for Australia, Argentina, and the USA, who he says should be a top-8 country in rugby.

Aug 11, 2020

Fred Paoli gets tough with the younger generation of players, USA Rugby, and anyone else who gets in his way as the great Eagle tighthead speaks with Bruce McLane.

Aug 8, 2020

It's part 2 of Bruce McLane's sit-down with one of the greatest USA rugby players ever, Gary Lambert, and he talks about rivalries, today's game, and has a little advice for young players.

Aug 7, 2020

This latest RuggaMatrix America Podcast sees Bruce Mclane sit down with an all-time great prop and an expert in the art of scrummaging (which is the name of his book): Enrique Topo Rodriguez.

Topo played prop for Argentina, Australia, the South American Jaguares, and late Tahiti. He pulls no punches in talking about the game, the politics within the game, and how to play the game right.

Aug 5, 2020

Gary Lambert was a force of nature for the USA in the 1980s and 1990s. The former White Plains product speaks with Bruce McLane about rugby, fishing, coaching, and more. This is a great show and it's only Part 1.

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Jul 26, 2020

Joan Ryan examines the science and the stories behind great team chemistry, a subject she details in her book: Intangibles.

Chiefly a writer about baseball, Ryan's explorations into what makes teams successful in the locker room translate to all sports. 

Jul 8, 2020

Bruce McLane brings in Mike Tolkin to chat with Phil Terrigno, Assistant Coach at Army West Point, to talk about an oft-overlooked area of the field—right in the middle.

How do you win the territory war between the ten-meter lines either side of halfway? Terrigno and Tolkin look at options, ideas, and tactics.

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