Team USA's quest for the cup ended with a 45-12 semifinal loss to New Zealand Tuesday at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. The game was competitive through the first 40 minutes, with the Eagles staying within two scores at halftime, and it could have been closer. However, the Black Ferns exploded for 30 points in the second half to put the game out of reach. All-World winger Portia Woodman tallied an... Read More
Team USA will take on Germany Nov. 18 in Frankfurt and Georgia Nov. 25 in Tbilisi in its only two fall tour tests. Both games will be streamed live on The Rugby Channel.
The Eagles are 3-2 all-time against the Lelos, with Georgia taking the most recent test this summer, staving off a late comeback to beat the USA 21-17 in Atlanta in June. The Eagles last played in Tbilisi in 2010, falling 19-17... Read More
LAFAYETTE, Colo. – The 28 American players traveling to Ireland for next month's Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 have been selected by Women's Eagles Head Coach Pete Steinberg, USA Rugby announced Monday
Included among the squad for the eighth World Cup are two Team USA Olympians, two international debutants, seven Women's Premier League champions, and seven World Cup veterans. The Eagles, currently... Read More
The John Mitchell era of American rugby is officially over, as he’s left to take over the Blue Bulls of Super Rugby. Mitchell took the helm in January, 2016. In 16 international tests, the Eagles went 8-7-1 under Mitchell, making him the first men’s Eagles coach to end his time with a winning test record. Including two draws with Argentina XV and a loss at the hands of the Maori All Blacks, his... Read More
Team USA beat Canada 52-16 Saturday at Torero Stadium in San Diego to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Tokyo. The Eagle had to just win by a single point, but hammered the win home in captain Todd Clever’s final international match. The spoils are a meeting with England, Argentina, France and a team from Oceania in Tokyo.
The United States put on the pressure early, getting inside the... Read More
Selections for the Eagles have always been a moving target, with so much dependence on amateurs and the lottery that is hoping your overseas pros are made available. However, summer has been the time for the USA to be as close to full strength as possible, with those months falling outside the European professional window.
That’s not been the case this year, though, as no player has started all... Read More
Todd Clever gets the nod at blindside flanker for his final international match Saturday at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif. Clever's swan song will decide if the Eagles qualify for the Rugby World Cup as Americas 1, or if they have to face Uruguay in the next stage of qualification. Winner takes all.
Brought into a lineup for the first time this summer is Madison Hughes, who starts at... Read More
After 15 years as an Eagle, captain Todd Clever will retire from international rugby following the July 1st match with Canada in San Diego, he announced Wednesday. Clever has earned a record 74 caps for the national team since making his debut in 2003, 50 of them coming as captain.
It's fitting that Clever ends his career after back-to-back matches against Canada, as he's played the Canadians... Read More
The question that dominates much of the latest episode of The Carter Divide: How can we [USA Rugby and the Eagles] be so far behind?
The episode is on iTunes, Stitcher, Sound Cloud, and here.
It is a fair enough question asked by Ethan, and I do my best to provide some context, including sharing observations from the Northeast Regional Challenge Tournament I attended this weekend. Ethan's... Read More
It's been a busy summer so far, so busy that instead of tackling one topic in this edition of Cliff Notes, I've gone after three. See below thoughts on John Mitchell's final weeks as head coach of our men's senior national team, what the Junior All Americans' failure to qualify for the Junior World Trophy really means, and early movement on the Major Lague Rugby front.
When... Read More