The USA Falcons’ first day at the 2018 Las Vegas Invitational began with disappointment but ended with a vast improvement. In the first of five matches this weekend, USA fell 29-10 to Australia Friday morning. In the afternoon at Sam Boyd Stadium, the Falcons attacked the Pearls with a lot more forward movement and pushed the pace to win 26-12.
“In the first game we played, we kept losing... Read More
Two undefeated teams remain in the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship Qualifier Division – Kutztown and Lindenwood-Belleville. The Golden Bears and Lynx will meet in the final Saturday at 3:21 p.m. inside Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. If the Lynx win, they’ll punch their ticket to the CRC in June. Kutztown’s just playing for pride, as the Golden Bears already have an at-large bid in hand... Read More
USA Sevens has moved to a new broadcaster for 2018 – ESPN. The three-day event will be shown live and in tape delay on two of the media giant’s networks. Each day, two hours of live coverage will air on ESPNews and then re-air later on ESPN2. The tournament will also be available live online on ESPN3 for those with access to ESPN via a participating cable subscription.
Live on ESPNews 6:30... Read More
The turf at Sam Boyd Stadium has been kind to the home team recently, with the Eagles reaching the semifinals each of the last three USA Sevens. They’ve gradually inched closer to a berth in the championship match, losing to New Zealand by two tries in 2015, then Fiji by seven in 2016 and South Africa by three last year. Both Fiji in ’16 and South Africa in ’17 went on to win the whole enchilada... Read More
As is the case every year, 24 college teams have converged on Las Vegas this week to decide one of only two open qualification spots for the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, June 2-4 at Talen Energy Stadium in suburban Philadelphia.
After pool play, eight teams remain in the hunt. All six pools saw their winners go undefeated. They, along with the two best second-place teams have... Read More
The qualifying for the 2018 Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires, Brazil begins at the Las Vegas Invitational as the USA Women compete for the right to represent their country in October. The 12-person squad helmed by Emilie Bydwell, the General Manager to Women's High-Performance rugby, produced two shutouts beating Mexico, 41-0, and Barbados, 29-0. The USA begins Friday against 2-0 Canada... Read More
With a right to qualify for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Brazil at stake, a four-team field is competing at the Las Vegas Invitational. At the Silver Bowl Sports Park next to Sam Boyd Stadium, the USA Men's U-18s program is contending against teams from Barbados, Jamaica, and Canada.
On Thursday, USA beat Barbados 57-0 and then defeated Jamaica, 38-7. The U-18 Eagles will play... Read More
In the history of the 7s national team, perhaps no player has meant more than Zack Test. From 2009-2016, he was Iron Man, missing only three tournaments over the course of an eight-year career. Test walked off the 7s pitch for the last time following the Rio Olympics, holding the USA’s all-time records for tries scored and tournaments played.
When the Eagles were struggling through the Shield and... Read More
Team USA’s women will face Australia in a five-game series as part of the USA Sevens later this week. The matches came together at the behest of the Australians, the reigning Olympic champs.
Given they're not part of the Women’s World Series, the games won't technically feature the Eagles against the Wallabies, but the Falcons against the Pearls. Still, the regulars for both nations’ top sides... Read More
With Martin Iosefo lost to an injury suffered against Samoa, compounding the absence of Stephen Tomasin and Madison Hughes, the Eagles tied Kenya in the pool finale, 19-19. The result was a 1-1-1 Pool D record for the Eagles, pushing them into the bottom eight for day two.
Kenya raced out to a 19-0 advantage, and the Eagles stormed back to draw level, but ran out of time and steam to finish the... Read More