Saturday’s 38-35 win over Canada at Sacramento’s Bonney Field, a near sell out with 7,804 in the 8,000-seat stadium, was a special win for the embattled Eagles. It ended a seven-game drought against rival Canada, it marked the USA’s first Pacific Nations Cup win and head coach Mike Tolkin’s first victory over the Maple Leafs.
But for the seven Northern California natives on the 23-man roster, it... Read More
The United States ended a seven-game losing streak to Canada with a 38-35 dramatic win at Bonney Field in Sacramento, Calif. The USA held an 11-point lead 36 minutes in, but conceded an eight-minute, 28-point run to Canada on both sides of halftime. The Eagles then answered back with a 20-point of their own run to win the game.
Several Sacramento-based Eagles were huge in the effort, none bigger... Read More
Dartmouth’s Nate Brakeley scored a try in the All American game at Brophy Field in Hanover, NH Saturday. Granted, the 2012 Dartmouth grad was wearing the light blue of Cambridge University and not the navy and red of the All Americans.
Brakeley, a former All American, studied at Cambridge upon graduating from Dartmouth and returned to the States last September. He’s been playing with the New York... Read More
The All Americans opened their three-game tour with a 27-15 defeat of Cambridge University Saturday at Brophy Field in Hanover, NH. The AAs never trailed in the contest, opening a big lead early, seeing the Light Blues get close in third quarter, and then padding the final score line at the end.
Scrumhalf Niku Kruger (Kutztown) opened scoring with a penalty, and outside center Kingsley McGowan (... Read More
It’s not a starkly different team than the ones that faced Scotland and Japan earlier this month, but Mike Tolkin appears to have a plan with the group he picked to go up against Canada Saturday at Bonney Field in Sacramento, Calif.
It’s a big, physical, confrontational team. Four-through-eight in the pack, everyone is a hitter. Samu Manoa and Scott LaValla brought the wood against Japan, and... Read More
When you start looking at the numbers, Canada’s recent dominance over the United States is staggering. Canada owns the all-time series with a 38-12-1 record, having won 16 of the last 20.
The United States will tie its longest-ever losing streak to any single nation with a loss Saturday. The Eagles have lost to Canada seven times in a row dating back to 2009, which already matches the longest... Read More
Tickets for the Nov. 1 match between the United States and New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago went on sale to the general public Monday, and USA Rugby is touting that 32,000 have already been sold. There's still plenty of room in the 61,500-seat NFL stadium, but the early wave of sales is notable.
32,000 people at one match would make it the most-attended rugby game on American soil in the... Read More
Saturday, for the second year in a row, the United States National Team played in a depressingly empty StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. 5,100 showed up to watch the Eagles fall 37-29 to Japan on the weekend, and last June 6,000 showed up to watch them lose to Tonga.
The StubHub Center holds 30,510, and making the 17-percent-full stadium look anything other than deserted was an impossible task for... Read More
Danny Barrett earned his first start in just his second-ever appearance in the USA’s 37-29 loss to Japan Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. To match Japan’s fast-paced attack, USA coach Mike Tolkin fielded a nimbler, more athletic side, with five back row players in the starting scrum. That move put Barrett on the field at openside flanker, though he finished at No. 8.
Barrett was first... Read More
Blaine Scully had about as good a game as you can have in a loss Saturday, running in three tries in his native California in a 37-29 deafeat to Japan. With ball in hand, he proved difficult for any one Brave Blossom to bring down, and he worked hard off the ball to put himself in position to capitalize on the breaks of his teammates.
The former Cal Bear and current Leicester Tiger got his... Read More