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
The USA Eagles looked like a different side in the Americas Rugby Championship than the team who lost all three of their November matches. They looked confident and fit. They looked like a side likely to win in each match they played.
Before the match against Argentina XV, I looked at some of the things beyond the four wins in the ARC that suggested the Eagles are moving in the right direction.... Read More
Now that the Olympics are over—well, the rugby part anyway—it is time to reflect on the first season of PRO Rugby. Does this first year gie us a sense of the kind of on-field identity the league will have? Does looking at the data from PRO add to or challenge the conventional wisdom?
The game is wonderfully complicated, but when the whistle is blown for a penalty there is a moment in which the... Read More