Eric Fry will start at loosehead in Newcastle’s European Challenge Cup debut against Bucuresti Friday in Newcastle, England. Fry has spent much of the season playing in the Aviva ‘A’ competition, but has seen some Premiership action with the Falcons. Friday marks Fry’s first match in European championship rugby.
“It will be a new experience for me this week to be playing in Europe and one I am... Read More
The United States is, and I hope you’re sitting down, 3-0 in its last three 15s meetings with Canada. Only one of the wins I’m including in that motley record includes both countries’ top teams – the full-fledged Eagles snapped a five-year, seven-game losing streak to Canada with a thrilling 38-35 win June 21st in Sacramento, Calif.
The other two wins were in the Americas Rugby Championship,... Read More
Rugby Today has confirmed that USA Rugby struck a deal with the Aviva Premiership which will see the availability of several Eagles for three November rankings tests traded for their availability in the Nov. 1st match with the All Blacks. The New Zealand game falls outside the designated November test window, during which clubs have to make their players available for international call-ups, per... Read More
Though they'd have rather finished in the top eight, the vibes are mostly positive coming off the Eagles' Bowl win at the Gold Coast on the weekend. The breakout debut performance of Perry Baker was the talk of the tournament, as he scored six tries over the two days.
However, it was Zack Test, dotting down seven times, who was named to the Gold Coast Dream Team. Test's seven tries were second... Read More
Mike Friday’s Eagles defeated France 31-15 in the Bowl Final to finish ninth at the Gold Coast. The USA threatened to make it a third-straight blowout, getting up three tries in the first half, but a yellow card and a mini-comeback from France in the second half pulled the game within one score before the Eagles ran in two more tries to win the game.
Test opened the account off a lineout about 90... Read More
The United States strung together two comprehensive wins in a row, beating Japan 26-5 in the Bowl Quarterfinals and Portugal 33-0 in the Bowl semis. Up next for the Eagles is France in the Bowl Final.
Against Japan, Folau Niua, Zack Test and Perry Baker scored in the first half to build a 21-0 lead. Carlin Isles chipped in a fourth try for good measure, putting the USA up 26-0 and well out of... Read More
Day one was a mixed bag. Zack Test scored his 100th-try and a hat-trick in the opening win over Canada. That game was enthralling, in a good way, but the Eagles went on to lose their next two.
They came out with some real zeal in the Canada game. They wanted to win, they were sharp, and most impressive, they played some defense. Perhaps being a little overly positive, I made the claim to a... Read More
The United States lost its second-straight game to move to the Bowl Quarterfinals Saturday, falling 26-12 to Argentina. A loss saw the Eagles skid and the Pumas advance undefeated. The game was not decided until the final whistle, but Argentina was in the driver’s seat the whole way.
Argentina took advantage of a couple of American penalties early on, dotting down halfway through the first period... Read More
The United States fell to 1-1 at Gold Coast with a 14-7 loss to England in the second round of pool play. The Americans were in the game from whistle to whistle, but some questionable decision making and shoddy execution led to a one-score loss that sees the Eagles relying on a pool-closing win for a Cup Quarterfinal berth.
The first half of the England game was the opposite of the Canada game... Read More