When the USA Eagles play Uruguay in San Antonio this weekend, it will be the start of year two for both John Mitchell and the Americas Rugby Championship. 2016 was not a great year for the Eagles. If the matches against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks and Argentina XV are included, they won three, lost six, and drew one.
Two important factors to how well the Eagles will do in the 2017 ARC and... Read More
Team USA fell 29-25 to Uruguay Saturday in Montevideo, ending its inaugural Americas Rugby Championship campaign on back-to-back losses to teams ranked lower by World Rugby. Two weeks ago, the Eagles were 16th, Uruguay 21st and Brazil 42nd. The loss sees them finish the ARC 2-2-1, with wins over Canada and Chile.
Penalties were an issue for the Eagles all day, as Uruguay pumped five kicks over... Read More
A debutant and the return of several veterans headline the USA's roster for its Americas Rugby Championship Saturday in Montevideo, Uruguay. Eric Fry will start after coming off the bench against Brazil, Titi Lamositele has finally been released from duty with Saracens, and Todd Clever has returned as captain after missing the last match.
The rookie in the starting lineup is Deion Mikesell, who... Read More
Team USA suffered the first loss of the John Mitchell era Saturday, losing 24-23 to Brazil in Sao Paolo. The hosts rode big performances from brothers and halfbacks Moises and Lucas Duque, building an 18-0 halftime lead. The USA stormed back with a 23-3 run in the middle third of the contest, but Brazil answered with a game-winning penalty kick in extra time.
The loss drops the USA to 2-1-1 in... Read More
Lorenzo Thomas and Deion Mikesell were called up to the Americas Rugby Championship literally minutes after debuting for the Men’s Junior All-Americans Saturday in Austin, Texas.
Both the senior men’s national team and the MJAAs beat Canada at Dell Diamond, with the U20s playing right after the ARC tilt, the Eagle coaching staff stuck around to watch the later game and apparently saw enough of... Read More
The United States won its first full-rankings test of the John Mitchell era Saturday, beating Canada 30-22 in front of 7,145 fans at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. The Eagles trailed by five early in the second half, but on the back of three Todd Clever tries stole the momentum and the game.
The win marks the USA’s fourth-straight over Canada, which constitutes its longest ever winning streak... Read More
10 new starting caps will be handed out Saturday when the United States takes on Canada at 7 p.m. ET at Dell Diamond in Austin, Texas. Eric Fry, Chris Baumann, Todd Clever, Chad London and Luke Hume are the only test veterans in the side.
Head coach John Mitchell has named Todd Clever captain for the match, as Blaine Scully has returned to Europe for duty with Cardiff. Clever already holds the... Read More