In the broadest sense, the June series of matches for the USA Eagles was successful. They qualified for the 2019 World Cup. In more specific areas, how did they perform? Below are details for tries, lineouts, and a new approach for evaluating scrum effectiveness.
Below is a breakdown for tries from the June matches. It is only four matches, but scoring as many tries from turnover (4) as... Read More
Heading into USA v Ireland at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, I rationally knew that there was little chance of an American win. However, having looked closely at some specific areas of the Eagles’ recent performances, there were things I was focused on as gauges for the USA performance. There was a part of me on Saturday that did not understand what I was seeing. In two areas of play I’ve paid... Read More
The USA Eagles have chance to defeat Ireland when they play on June 10, even if a slim chance. There are some positive signs for a potential upset. The last time the two sides met, the match was a closely contested 15-12 in Houston. It is a Lions’ year, so Ireland is forced to travel without several key players. And, most importantly, the Eagles won the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship, and that... Read More
With the US v Italy match coming up on Saturday, it seems worth taking a look at what the Eagles will be up against. It was Conor O'Shea's first match in charge of Italy, so things were bound to be a bit different. Compared to much of the latest Six Nations, they looked quite sharp in attack, and Italy had a real chance for the upset of Argentina last weekend before ultimately falling 30-24.
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