The Eagles begin their Americas Rugby Championship title defense Saturday against Argentina XV at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. If history is any indicator, the first game might as well be considered the championship game, as each of the competition’s first two years, these teams have finished first and second.
“Probably can’t win the title this weekend, but can probably go quite a long ways... Read More
Stephen Tomasin and Madison Hughes are out with knee injuries suffered last week in Sydney, leaving holes in the lineup for this weekend in Hamilton, New Zealand. Those voids equate to opportunities for those who’ll combine to fill them. Former Cal 15s All-American Nick Boyer has been brought in to be one of those hole fillers.
Hughes was lost in the first game against Australia, while Tomasin... Read More
His hire was announced in October, the official start-date the first of the year, but for all intents and purposes, the first time Gary Gold put his boots on the ground as the new Eagles head coach was at USA Rugby’s National Development Summit Jan. 19-21 in Denver. His first time in the States as a USA Rugby employee, his first time being introduced to the American rugby community, and his first... Read More
A depleted Team USA fell 31-10 to Argentina in the bronze medal match Sunday in Sydney. Already down Stephen Tomasin and Madison Hughes thanks to injury, head coach Mike Friday decided to rest Danny Barrett and start Joe Schroeder in the bronze medal match against Argentina. He wasn’t the one making green mistakes in the early goings, though.
Folau Niua lined up a turnover deep in the USA’s... Read More
Despite a nip-and-tuck first half, the Eagles were blown out by South Africa 35-7 in Sydney semifinals. Both teams traded yellow cards in the opening stanza, but South Africa scored twice during the man advantage compared to the USA’s once. Then, in a blink, the Blitzbokke blew the game wide open and never looked back.
The Eagles continued their restart success, claiming the opening kickoff. And... Read More
The Eagles advanced to the semifinals for the first time this season with a 24-7 defeat of Fiji in the quarterfinals Sunday in Sydney. The Eagles built a small lead in the first half before sealing the deal with a shutout in the second.
Early on, Perry Baker looked to be away after beating his opposite on the edge, but Jerry Tuwai hunted him down from the sweeper position, forcing him into touch... Read More
You can’t draw up a better start to a match than the one the Eagles deployed in their 40-12 win over Canada Saturday. With four tries and won restarts in as many minutes, Team USA slammed the door shut before halftime. Perry Baker chipped in four tries along the way.
The win sees the USA finish second in Pool D and advance to the quarterfinals where they’ll face Fiji at 8:28 p.m. Saturday.
Danny... Read More
Unlike in the pool opener, the Eagles would jump out to a big lead against Scotland, converting it to a 26-12 win. It sees them to 1-1 in Sydney. They can punch their ticket to the quarterfinals with a win over Canada in the pool finale.
Scotland owned possession early, with the Eagles’ only early touch being a lineout after Folau Niua tackled a Scottish player into touch. Scotland won the... Read More
For the second-straight game, the Eagles dug themselves a hole they couldn’t get out of. This time it was against Spain in the 5th-place semifinal. Like Russia did in the quarterfinals, Spain jumped out to a 19-0 first-half lead.
Against Russia, the halftime score was 19-0, but against Spain the Eagles added one before the halftime hooter and two more through the second half to tie it up. Spain... Read More
The Eagles fell to 1-3 in Sydney, falling to Russia, 19-14 in the quarterfinals Saturday. Russia collected a 19-0 halftime lead, and the Eagles stormed back in the second half, but ran out of time and gas to complete the rally.
Russia offered the USA a break by not kicking the opening restart 10 meters. The Eagles knocked on, though, and Russia scored on its first possession. The conversion was... Read More