The United States overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to beat South Africa for just the third time in history Saturday, sweeping its pool and finishing day one in London 3-0. The win sees the Eagles through to the Cup Quarterfinals, where they’ll meet rival Canada.
It was speed against speed very early on, as Seabelo Senatlo backed himself against Perry Baker, and Baker reeled him in and forced... Read More
The Eagles improved to 2-0 with a 28-12 defeat of Portugal Saturday in London, punching their ticket to another Cup Quarterfinal appearance. The game was in doubt until midway through the second half, when the USA pulled away from a tired Portuguese side.
Portugal was on the offensive first, owning the first 90 seconds of possession. Os Lobos were inches from scoring first, too, but Garrett... Read More
The United States opened its London 7s campaign with a 24-19 defeat of France. The Eagles got up 19-0, but allowed the French to creep back in the game, and the result was insecure until the final seconds.
France and the USA traded turnovers to open the contest, but it was the USA who would strike first through Carlin Isles. Danny Barrett made a break up one touch line, tip-toeing to stay in play... Read More
The United States women advanced to the Cup Quarterfinals with a strong showing Friday in London. They opened up with a 40-7 thrashing of China, beat Fiji 24-19 and then drew with Australia, 12-12. The Aussies finished atop the pool with a better point differential than the Eagles.
The fallout of the pool results is the USA facing France in an incredibly important Cup Quarterfinal. The Eagles are... Read More
No one knows exactly where the tipping point is, but we’re getting closer to finding out. Someday, enough people will have paid to attend rugby games, tournaments and events to cause the professionalization of rugby in America. What that professionalization will look like isn’t clear, either. I’ll get to that.
But this summer will be a great litmus test for America’s ability to support... Read More
Zack Test suffered a severe ankle sprain in the Cup Quarterfinal against Australia Sunday in Glasgow, which kept him on the sideline for the duration of the tournament. It will most likely also keep him out of the World Series finale in London this weekend.
“I’m not going to take any risks, because we’ve got a big tournament in four or five weeks,” said head coach Mike Friday.
“It’s immensely... Read More
The next five months will be pretty dizzying for the Eagles and their fans. From July 18 through Oct. 11, the men's 15s teams will play 11 matches in a span of about 12 weeks. Don't forget the 7s team will be busy with the Olympic Qualifier in June and the Pan-Am Games in July.
This is obviously a very postitive thing. The team will have an unprecedented amount of assembly time leading into a... Read More
The long-rumored match between the United States and Australia at Soldier Field has been confirmed and announced. The Wallabies will take on the USA Sept. 5 at Chicago's Soldier Field, the site of a record sell-out match between the All Blacks and Eagles last November.
“It is my hope that after a full summer schedule, our squad will be close to peak form, additional matches before the Rugby... Read More
There’s just one tournament left in the 2015/2016 7s World Series, and the first chapter of the Olympic qualification story is almost entirely unfolded. Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa officially clinched their bids to the Rio Games.
The fourth spot on offer via the World Series is still technically up for grabs, with England having a stranglehold only Australia has a chance to undo. England... Read More
The Eagles’ Glasgow campaign ended with a 24-19 loss to England in the battle for third place. The match wasn’t as close as the score would indicate, as England had the result in hand the whole time having led 24-0 until midway through the second half.
An interesting starting group took the field for the Eagles, with Andrew Durutalo, Matai Leuta and Garrett Bender in the scrum, Nate Augspurger at... Read More