The cup chase for the USA women ended in the semifinals Saturday in front of a nearly full Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas with a 12-7 loss to New Zealand. The Eagles took the lead early and were combative throughout, ultimately earning a shot to steal the game at the death but falling short.
They’ll have one more match to determine who gets bronze against Canada at 5:40 p.m. This marks the second-... Read More
Team USA pounded Chile 31-0 in its second pool match Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. The Eagles will go to sleep tonight 2-0, awaiting the pool decider against England at 3:24 p.m. Las Vegas time.
Perry Baker skied for the opening kickoff, taking the ball clean out of the air amidst traffic. The Eagles went through some phases in the attacking end, but the possession was halted by a... Read More
Team USA completed day one with a 14-7 defeat of Fiji Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Coupled with Spain's 14-14 draw with Ireland in the pool finale, the victory saw the Eagles finish second in Pool B. Had Ireland won, a three-way tie would have decided it and could have bumped the USA to third. Nonetheless, it's the Cup Quarterfinals for the USA on Saturday, as they await the second-... Read More
The USA Eagles have won four matches in a row. In three of those matches, they’ve exceeded 50 points. I am someone who does not need a lot of reason to get excited, and if I just leave the door open a crack, my optimism comes pouring out.
Every time I am swept up in an optimism flood, I get worried. Are these wins progress, or just a nice blip? All of the matches, after all, have been against... Read More
John Mitchell’s Eagles are on the brink of making history, though it may take them some months to realize it. They’ve won four tests in a row, over Chile, Canada, Brazil and Uruguay. A fifth-straight win would be new territory for the men’s 15s senior national team.
Only twice in history have the Eagles won four-in-a-row before. From April through June in 2003 the USA beat Spain twice and... Read More
Mike Friday's selections for the USA Sevens are final, and he's included an inordinate number of forwards. Through much of the season, the scrum was an area of weakness for the team, as post-Olympic attrition and injury kept the Eagles thin there. Coming into the home stretch, Friday apaprently wants to make sure there's plenty of depth up front.
There are six players on the squad who play... Read More
At the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo outside of Santiago, Chile hosted USA in Round Four of the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship. The Eagles secured the result they needed—a bonus point win that keeps them on target for the chance to win the ARC. The final score was 57-9.
In contrast to the sharp start last weekend against Canada, USA opened the match in a relatively sloppy, if ambitious,... Read More
Ireland's return to the USA for a second year in a row was confirmed Monday, as it was announced the USA will meet Ireland June 10, 2017 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The game is part of the agreement which saw Ireland beat the All Blacks for the first time ever in front of a sold out Soldier Field in Chicago in November - New Zealand is also supposed to return to the United States to play... Read More
In the third round of the Americas Rugby Championship, Canada hosted USA at Swangard Stadium Burnaby, British Columbia. The Eagles secured another bonus point win, 51-34.
The Eagles started well and scored two tries in the first six minutes. While Canada did have several strong passages, the Eagles never gave up the lead.
Mike Te’o handed Phil Mack’s first box kick cleanly, giving USA possession... Read More
John Mitchell’s Eagles routed Brazil 51-3 Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas to move to 2-0 in the Americas Rugby Championship. An eight-try performance avenges the loss to Brazil in the inaugural ARC last year, the biggest upset in World Rugby rankings history.
The game began with a typical ping pong kicking battle, which the USA won, along with a stolen lineout, leading to the... Read More