USA Rugby’s congress debated and voted on a petition to recall USA Rugby board member Chad Keck Wednesday, with 24 votes being cast to remove Keck, 14 to keep him on the board, and eight congress members not participating. The 24 yes votes did not constitute the requisite two-thirds majority necessary to recall Keck, leaving him on the board.
The vote comes less than two weeks after Keck was... Read More
Starting the bottom of the 12-man roster, with Brett Thompson, Malon Al-Jiboori, Nick Boyer, Cody Melphy and Chris Mattina all on the field at once, the Eagles fell 29-7 to South Africa in the bronze medal match Sunday at Canada Sevens at BC Place in Vancouver, missing out on hardware. They remain in sixth place in the World Series standings, but they’ve tightened the gap between them and the top... Read More
Team USA squandered a 14-point lead to lose to Kenya 24-19 in the Canada Sevens semifinals Sunday at BC Place. The match was tied 19-19 with no time left, but it was Kenya that came up with the play in the end. The loss relegates the Eagles to the bronze medal match against South Africa at 8:52 p.m.
The match couldn’t have started much better for the Eagles, with early tries giving them a 14-0... Read More
Team USA defeated New Zealand 17-0 in the quarterfinals of Canada Sevens Sunday at BC Place in Vancouver, putting them in the medal rounds for the second-straight tournament. The Eagles will play either England or Kenya in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. ET live on ESPN3.
New Zealand’s opening kickoff went into the in-goal, resulting in a midfield free kick for the USA. The first pass of the pest... Read More
A dreadful second half left the United States on the wrong side of a 31-21 loss to Australia in the final game of pool play at the Canada 7s. The Eagles gave up 24 unanswered second half points and as a result finished second in the pool.
The first few minutes of the game were back and forth with neither team really able to build any momentum. Eventually, Carlin Isles found space out wide and... Read More
The United States won a thrilling 28-21 come from behind victory against Canada to move to 2-0 at the Canada 7s. Kevon Williams took the ball 95 meters well after the hooter sounded to send Canada to heartbreak.
The Canadians got off to a strong start after an unforced error from Perry Baker. The World Rugby 7s player of the year threw a lazy forward pass while under no pressure to set up Canada... Read More
After a sloppy start, the United States cruised past Uruguay 45-0 in their first match at the Canada 7s. After winning for the first time on home soil last weekend, the Eagles continued to keep their foot on the gas. Six Eagles found the try zone and Uruguay never entered the USA 22 in the match.
The Eagles won a penalty after kicking off and Folau Niua sent Danny Barrett through a gap in the... Read More
The Rugby Channel, the only year-round business of Rugby International Marketing, has lost $4.2 million to date, according to minutes from USA Rugby’s Feb. 9-11 Congress meeting in Dallas, Texas. The minutes detail an array of discussion topics, but none more pressing or compelling than USA Rugby’s subsidiaries, RIM and TRC.
“The USA Rugby Congress has grave concerns about the operations of RIM... Read More
Looking at some of the details of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship reveals how and why the USA Eagles were able to win all five matches and reclaim the trophy.
Here are some of the most noteworthy details:
The Eagles both scored the most tries in the tournament and conceded the fewest.
The Eagles were the highest scoring team, overall, in the last 20 minutes of matches.
The Eagles had the... Read More
When Dan Payne took the reins, I was torn. There was obvious excitement – after a decade of the untrustworthy Nigel Melville, we now had a person in USA Rugby’s top position who understood grass roots rugby in America from recent first-hand experience, he’d worked at a high level in sports administration, and most importantly, he was someone I trusted to always act tirelessly, selflessly and... Read More