The United States closed its November tour with a 20-14 loss to Fiji at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes, France. The Eagles got down 15-0 in the first half, but played the better final 60 minutes and was hard done by to not emerge with the win.
It took several minutes for either team to find their footing, as penalties, dust-ups and stoppages marred the opening eight minutes. In the ninth, however,... Read More
The United States fell 40-12 to Tonga Saturday at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England. The Eagles trailed by just two at halftime and saw several scoring opportunties go begging in the first 50 minutes before Tonga blew the game open.
Tim Stanfill opened the USA's account in the fourth minute, when Folau Niua made a line break, committed the final defender and dished to the wing for the... Read More
Mike Friday has called upon 29 players to participate in the pre-Dubai high performance camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Nov. 16-22. 11 of those players come from outside the residency program.
Pat Blair comes in from the Seattle Saracens. Formerly contracted at the OTC, Blair made big strides in his fitness over the course of the summer and was selected for the World... Read More
The path from All American to Eagle is well trodden, and it's the one Tim Stanfill, who is slated to start his second test in a row Saturday against Tonga, took. The path's usually direct. Many All Americans, like Seamus Kelly, Will Holder and Madison Hughes, actually earn caps while still in college, but Stanfill had to take a detour.
The Central Washington alum was a two-time 7s All American,... Read More
Mike Tolkin has made six changes to his starting lineup ahead of Saturday's match with Tonga at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England. Out from the Romania win are Olive Kilifi, Tai Tuisamoa, Lou Stanfill, Todd Clever, Adam Siddall and Taku Ngwenya. In for them are Mate Moeakiola, John Cullen, Greg Peterson, Scott Lavalla, Shalom Suniula and Tim Maupin, respectively.
The second row... Read More
Rumors have had Samu Manoa leaving Northampton for greener pastures in the French Top 14 for weeks now, but Wednesday Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder added weight to them when he admitted Manoa could well be headed for France at the end of the season. Mallinder spoke with the Northampton Chronicle on the matter.
"He's going to be sought after, is Samu," said Mallinder. "I do know the... Read More
The United States has moved up in IRB's world rankings after its 27-17 defeat of Romania. Stuck at 18th for nearly 17 months, the Eagles jumped over Romania and Canada to 16th Monday, having beaten both countries this year.
The Eagles haven't been ranked this high since June 2013. They tumbled from 16th to 17th after losing to Ireland June 8, 2013, and from 17th to 18th after losing to Japan and... Read More
The United States scored a 27-17 win over Romania in Bucharest Saturday. Though the Oaks dominated in the set pieces and were tough up front, the Eagles were better out wide, evidenced by their tries all coming from the back three. The Americans also enjoyed a great kicking day. Flyhalf Adam Siddall slotted three touch line conversions and a penalty in the win, and scrumhalf Mike Petri added a... Read More
I’ve had too many discussions with rugby people I respect to not write this column. Most recently, I’ve debated the merits of really focusing on 7s with coaches from a few of the country’s top college programs, and I’ve walked away with the same sense – that there remains neither enough respect for nor emphasis on the game of 7s. I even had the coach of a program that's seen its best recent... Read More
(This article originally stated Wyles wasn't selected for dutywith Saracens. That was incorrect, as he was named Friay to Saracens' Sunday roster.)
While the United States has four uncapped players in its match-day roster for Saturday's full rankings test against Romania, which sits two spots ahead of the Eagles, several capped players are left with a weekend off. Saracens' Chris Wyles, Hayden... Read More