In 2013 I wrote a column stating why USA Rugby needed to put a target on Canada’s back. At the time, both the 7s and 15s men’s Eagles were 2-10 against the Canadians in their last 12 meetings. And we needed to beat Canada to qualify for the World Cup as the second seed from the Americas and reach Rio. We did the former, but not the latter.
Well, at least on the men’s side, we’ve caught Canada. In... Read More
Ireland defeated the United States 55-19 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. The Irish side proved to be deadly off the set piece and in open play, racking up nine tries in route to a strong victory.
The Eagles kicked off to start the game pinning Ireland deep in its own territory. After several phases, Ireland attempted to grub the ball through the defense but it was tipped. Nate Augspurger... Read More
University of California's Robert Paylor is currently at Colorado's Craig Hospital, where he is undergoing rehab for an injury sustained on the field of play May 6.
Over the past month, Robert and his family have received the generous offerings of support from the American rugby community in multiple forms. This Saturday, at the USA Men's Eagles vs. Ireland match at Red Bull Arena, USA Rugby... Read More
HARRISON, N.J. - USA Men's Eagles Head Coach John Mitchell has selected the 23-man squad for Saturday's Emirates Airline Summer Series opener against No. 4 Ireland at Red Bull Arena.
Captain Nate Augspurger will lead a starting XV boasting 115 international caps from the scrum half position, with a further 49 caps and one debutant available in the reserves. Kicking off at 5 p.m. ET on NBC Sports... Read More
It has long been a goal of the American rugby community to bring the sport in the United States to a comparable playing field, both physically and metaphorically, in relation to the traditional American sports. The NCAA naming women’s rugby as an emerging sport certainly appeared to be a step in that direction, however, all that glitters is not always gold.
With the fifteens Women’s Rugby World... Read More
Team USA head coach Mike Friday, captain Madison Hughes and stars Perry Baker and Danny Barrett will be in attendance at the 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship June 3-4, and there will be two opportunities to interact and learn from them. Saturday, there will be a Q&A on the mian stage just outside Talen Energy Stadium, and Sunday there will be an attack clinic on the Academy... Read More
John Mitchell has four games left on his plate before taking off for South Africa, or before he stops commuting to America from his home in South Africa, you might say. It was announced Thursday that Mitchell would leave USA Rugby after less than two years at the helm to coach the Blue Bulls of Super Rugby.
The move doesn’t come as a surprise, as Mitchell had been linked to multiple jobs over the... Read More
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - Life University Director of High Performance Systems Scott Lawrence will join John Mitchell's Men's Eagles coaching staff this summer as the U.S. National Team seeks qualification for Rugby World Cup 2019.
The former AIG Men's Junior All-Americans coach recently led Life's men's collegiate side to a fifth consecutive D1A Rugby National Championship appearance - the second... Read More
Team USA lost a heartbreaker to Scotland, 21-14, Saturday in the cup semifinals. The Eagles made a crucial error of their own to nullify a scoring effort, and the officiating completed the job on the last possession to send Scotland to the final and USA to the bronze-medal match at 12:32 p.m. ET.
The Eagles looked to be over when Andrew Durutalo trucked one defender inside the attacking 22 and... Read More
A Perry Baker hat-trick and Martin Iosefo extracting a tooth from James Stannard’s head highlighted a 31-14 win for the Eagles over Australia in the London 7s quarterfinals Sunday. The Eagles now advance to the semifinals to face the winner of New Zealand versus Scotland at 9:48 a.m. ET.
Australia opened the game with a kickoff, but it didn’t go 10 meters, giving the USA the ball with a free kick... Read More