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
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