For the third time in four years, Team USA is playing outside the November test window. That means some of the team’s best players won’t be available. Also for the third time in four years, that game is against the All Blacks. All Blacks is rugby for best team in the world.
In 2014, the match was against the All Blacks proper, who shellacked the Eagles 74-6. Saturday, as they did in 2016... Read More
It’s been 14 months since they’ve taken the field. With a new coach and 13 debutants in the lineup, the Eagles being a new era Saturday against the defending world champion New Zealand. The same Black Ferns team that bounced the USA from the 2017 World Cup 45-12 in the semifinals.
“They’re one of my favorite teams to go against. They’re the true epitome of heart on the field, best friends off the... Read More
CHICAGO, IL. - The U.S. Men’s National Team has today named its match-day 23 to face the New Zealand Maori All Blacks as part of The Rugby Weekend this Saturday (Nov 3) at 6 PM CT, LIVE on FloRugby.
In total, 13 players will return from the Men’s Eagles upset over then No. 6 Scotland during the Summer Internationals 2018. Ten of them will take the field as starters with three ready to energize... Read More
CHICAGO, IL. - New Head Coach Rob Cain has named his match-day 23 for the U.S. Women's National Team's highly anticipated return against first-ranked New Zealand as part of The Rugby Weekend this Saturday (Nov. 3) at Soldier Field, LIVE on FloRugby.
In Cain's first test match as Head Coach of the Women's Eagles, the USA will see up to 13 new players earn their first cap on home soil with six... Read More
The Rugby Weekend will air live on FloRugby, meaning all three of Saturday’s matches – USA women against New Zealand, Ireland versus Italy, and the USA men against the Maori All Blacks – will only be viewable behind a paywall.
That’s not a new development. This year, only one Eagles test will air live on domestic linear television. It was USA versus Scotland in June. The other two summer tests... Read More
The Glendale Raptors continued their preseason slog with a 59-31 loss to the team assembled from the weeklong Rugby Americas combine Saturday at Infinity Park. The combine featuring capped players from three South American countries and youngsters from Canada and America.
The game was chopped into four quarters, with the first two being very competitive. Glendale’s depth proved an issue late, as... Read More
(Interviews conducted by Evan Lappen)
World Rugby is hosting its second regional combine this week in Glendale, Colo. There are players from five countries – 10 from Brazil, nine from Uruguay, two from Chile and a smattering from Canada and the United States. They’ll play the Glendale Raptors in an exhibition Saturday at Infinity Park.
The first World Rugby combine was held in Fiji earlier this... Read More
Four games next month, five in the Americas Rugby Championship next spring, and three or four more over the summer are all that separate the Eagles from their World Cup opener Sept. 26, 2019 at 6:45 a.m. ET at Kobe Misaki Stadium. With the countdown to Japan subtly ticking in the back of their minds, the Eagles assembled in Chicago Wednesday.
Not everyone is there. The overseas pros with club... Read More
Reigning World Rugby 7s Player of the Year Perry Baker is a finalist for the same accolade this year, World Rugby announced Monday. The annual award ceremony takes place Nov. 25 at Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo.
Joining Baker as nominees are Fiji's Jerry Tuwai and Australia's Ben O'Donnell. Last year, Baker had a pretty big stat to back up his nomination, having led the world in tries. This... Read More
There are some remarkable similarities between the takeover of the women’s 7s team Chris Brown is currently undergoing and that which he and Mike Friday conducted with the men’s program back in 2014.
Both teams are wildly talented. Friday inherited Danny Barrett, Folau Niua, Madison Hughes, Maka Unufe and Carlin Isles, among others. All of them have been indispensable cogs in the program for five... Read More