Thretton Palamo has signed a contract with Saracens, joining Brett Thompson in the newest class of Eagles to make the jump to Europe. Thompson is set to join Edinburgh in the RaboDirect Pro 12.
Palamo’s signing was a bit unorthodox, as his conversation with Saracens began at the National Rugby Football League combine in March, the first of its kind on America. He and former Utah teammate and... Read More
Arkansas State has become the 13th contestant of the Varsity Cup, as the competition looks to expand in 2015. While it's unclear exactly how large the Varsity Cup will grow in 2015, tournament organizers are in talks with other programs about joining the competition for the upcoming season.
"The tipping point for us was a new challenge, a new venture, and something the school’s particularly... Read More
The All Blacks last played the Eagles on American soil during the Carter administration, and striking are the similarities between the hype and coverage for that game 34 years ago and that of the one coming up Nov. 1.
The USA lost 53-6 Oct. 8, 1980 in San Diego Stadium, the home of the Chargers and Padres at the time, and the game was carried by ESPN – then a one-year-old budding cable network.... Read More
Eric Taber has left his post as assistant coach and sports information director at Wheeling Jesuit University. The former USA Rugby employee and Colorado assistant has taken a job as the assistant athletic director for marketing at his alma mater, the University of Montana.
Taber will also serve as the assistant head coach of the U. Montana rugby program, and he'll work to further establish... Read More
The USA's June is in the books, with a 1-2 record. Disappointment from losses to Japan and Scotland was quelled by a dramatic win over Canada. But what are the lessons we've learned from the month as a whole?
1) Canada’s Beatable
It took a lot, including a couple of yellow cards and an injury to dynamic scrumhalf Phil Mack, but the Eagles finally got the better of Canada. This rivalry is an... Read More
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