Wing Zack Test exited the USA's defeat of Uruguay in the Americas Rugby Championship opener Saturday with what looked like a nasty injury. He was clearly dazed with a limp ankle, and he was strapped to a backboard and carted off the field. While the details of Test's injury are unknown, USA Rugby announced via press release that he underwent surgery and is in stable condition.
"Our thoughts are... Read More
Two debutants will start against Uruguay Saturday, as Ben Cima gets the nod at flyhalf and Peter Malcolm lines up at hooker. Cima has been in the age-grade pathway for years and will be in the mix for kicking duties. Malcolm is a also an age-grade alum, and he gives Wheeling Jesuit its first capped Eagle ever.
Anthony Purpura is set to earn his second cap, which is notable considering the first... Read More
When the USA Eagles play Uruguay in San Antonio this weekend, it will be the start of year two for both John Mitchell and the Americas Rugby Championship. 2016 was not a great year for the Eagles. If the matches against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks and Argentina XV are included, they won three, lost six, and drew one.
Two important factors to how well the Eagles will do in the 2017 ARC and... Read More
Mike Friday’s troops bowed out of the Wellington 7s with a 19-12 loss to Kenya in the Challenge Trophy semifinal. The Eagles squandered some scoring chances in the opening half and were outpaced by Kenya in the second.
Kenya drew first blood in the third minute. The Eagles played defense mostly at the start, and when they got possession it was deep in their end. A sketchy pass from Perry Baker to... Read More
Team USA got off to a sluggish start to day two, barely eking past a Japanese side that surrendered a staggering 122 points in pool play. The Brave Blossoms led in the second half, but the Eagles captured a 19-14 lead and were fortunate to hold onto it.
It started sloppy, as mishandles and a lack of intent from the Eagles meant no line breaks for the first several minutes. Eventually, Carlin... Read More
Team USA went 1-1-1 on the opening day in Wellington, tying France, beating Samoa and losing to New Zealand. The performance wasn't good enough to see the Eagles through to the top eight, as they are relegated to the Challenge Trophy bracket. Awaiting them in the quarterfinals is Japan at 5:22 p.m. ET.
Against France, the Eagles got on the board first through Martin Iosefo in the third minute.... Read More
Since Rio, the men’s 7s team has been chasing its tail a bit. Players scattered to the four winds after the Olympics, and some returned, while others didn’t. The HSBC Sevens World Series started almost too soon, it would seem.
In Dubai and South Africa, the Olympic hangover was evident, as head coach Mike Friday spent less time with the 7s squad in the lead up thanks to his role with the 15s team... Read More
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Four Olympians, including Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games captain Kelly Griffin, have been named to Richie Walker's Women's Eagles Sevens squad for HSBC Sydney7s, the second round of the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.
Beantown Rugby's Sarah Buonopane is set to debut on the Series for the U.S., which is coming off of an 11th-place finish at Emirates Airline... Read More
Eagles head man John Mitchell has chosen a 35-man player pool for the upcoming Americas Rugby Championship. Nine players, as opposed to the 24 new caps handed out in the same competition last year, are hoping to make their international debuts.
Despite the competition falling in World Rugby’s Reg. 9 window, when clubs are required to release their players for international duty, several overseas... Read More
USA Rugby is in a tight spot financially at the moment. The national office has never been mistaken for Scrooge McDuck’s money pit in the past, but the national governing body is especially lean this year. CEO Dan Payne has talked openly about it, saying they’re starting 2017 about a million dollars in the red.
The stated reasons are the bankruptcy of kit sponsor BLK and the plummeting European... Read More