The John Mitchell era of American rugby is officially over, as he’s left to take over the Blue Bulls of Super Rugby. Mitchell took the helm in January, 2016. In 16 international tests, the Eagles went 8-7-1 under Mitchell, making him the first men’s Eagles coach to end his time with a winning test record. Including two draws with Argentina XV and a loss at the hands of the Maori All Blacks, his... Read More
Team USA beat Canada 52-16 Saturday at Torero Stadium in San Diego to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Tokyo. The Eagle had to just win by a single point, but hammered the win home in captain Todd Clever’s final international match. The spoils are a meeting with England, Argentina, France and a team from Oceania in Tokyo.
The United States put on the pressure early, getting inside the... Read More
Selections for the Eagles have always been a moving target, with so much dependence on amateurs and the lottery that is hoping your overseas pros are made available. However, summer has been the time for the USA to be as close to full strength as possible, with those months falling outside the European professional window.
That’s not been the case this year, though, as no player has started all... Read More
Todd Clever gets the nod at blindside flanker for his final international match Saturday at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif. Clever's swan song will decide if the Eagles qualify for the Rugby World Cup as Americas 1, or if they have to face Uruguay in the next stage of qualification. Winner takes all.
Brought into a lineup for the first time this summer is Madison Hughes, who starts at... Read More
Former Team USA Women's 7s head coach Ric Suggitt passed away at the age of 58 from a medical complication Tuesday, reports the University of Lethbridge athletic department, where Suggitt coached the Pronghorn women's team. The announcement states Suggitt passed away with his family by his side.
Suggitt coached the USA women from 2010-2015, seeing the team through a third-place finish at the... Read More
This past weekend featured five 7s National Qualifier tournaments across the country. Mystic River defeated division leaders Old Blue in the Atlantic North’s Newports 7s, Beltway Elite took down tournament hosts NOVA in NOVA-Ruggerama 7s, Rugby Utah outlasted the Denver Barbarians in the Frontier’s Denver 7s, the Dallas Reds defeated the Austin Blacks in the Red River’s Tornado Alley 7s and... Read More
The United States played Canada to a 28-28 draw in the first leg of World Cup Qualification in Hamilton, Ontario. The Eagles squandered a 10 point lead late in the match and barely came away unbeaten as they head to San Diego for the second leg of the qualifier next weekend.
Canada opened the game on the front foot, camped in United States territory. The Maple Leafs missed a penalty early in the... Read More
After 15 years as an Eagle, captain Todd Clever will retire from international rugby following the July 1st match with Canada in San Diego, he announced Wednesday. Clever has earned a record 74 caps for the national team since making his debut in 2003, 50 of them coming as captain.
It's fitting that Clever ends his career after back-to-back matches against Canada, as he's played the Canadians... Read More
It's been a busy summer so far, so busy that instead of tackling one topic in this edition of Cliff Notes, I've gone after three. See below thoughts on John Mitchell's final weeks as head coach of our men's senior national team, what the Junior All Americans' failure to qualify for the Junior World Trophy really means, and early movement on the Major Lague Rugby front.
When... Read More
After an abysmal first half, the United States came up just short to Georgia 21-17 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The Eagles trailed 18-3 and the deficit was too much to overcome despite a strong second half surge.
In the first half, the Eagles made a litany of handling errors, the first of which led to the opening score for Georgia. After a poorly executed pass found ground,... Read More