After needing a furious comeback to salvage a draw against France in the opening match of the tournament, Team USA made quick work of Wales in the follow-up effort, winning 47-5. The emphatic victory improves the USA to 1-0-1, with the pool decider left against Argentina.
Wales looked the sharper unit early on, with the USA turning the ball over deep in its own end and compiling a couple of... Read More
Team USA opened its account at Hong Kong 7s with a 24-24 draw with France. If you’d asked USA fans before the tournament if they’d be happy with a draw, they’d have emphatically said no. If you’d asked them that 12 minutes into the game, they’d have jumped on it.
An abysmal first half for the Eagles put them in a 12-0 hole after seven minutes. France started the second half well, too, eventually... Read More
Team USA will attempt to make its fourth semifinal appearance in five tournaments at Hong Kong 7s this week. The Eagles kickoff Friday at 6:24 a.m. ET against France, followed by an 11:38 p.m. bout with Wales, and a 2:38 a.m. meeting with Argentina on Saturday. All matches will be streamed live on ESPN3.
Coming back into the fold for Hong Kong are Stephen Tomasin and Maka Unufe, two players the... Read More
USA Rugby has endured its fourth high-level resignation in the span of a month, with former McDonald's executive Dean Barrett stepping down. This comes in the aftermath of the magnitude of USA Rugby subsidiary Rugby International Marketing's financial failures going public.
USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne announced his impending resignation at the beginning of March, around the same time Chad Keck was... Read More
Episode No. 2 features USA and Sale Sarks flyhalf AJ MacGinty, who returned from a torn MCL to help the Sharks put 58 points on Worcester in his first game back. Joining Pat and AJ is Bruce McLane, coach of Major League Rugby's Rugby United New York. We talk Eagles, MacGinty's time in the USA, and a whole lot more.
RUGBY PatCast is a new podcast hosted by our associated editor, Pat Clifton. It... Read More
Two at-large seats to the USA Rugby board need to be filled, with Bob Kimmitt vacating his and Rob King terming out. The vacancies were announced at the end of February with a call for nominations, and the submission window closes Sunday.
Submissions go to the nominating committee, which is chaired by congress representative Marni Vath. It matches up the candidates to a matrix provided by a... Read More
Head coach Mike Friday opted to name a 15-man traveling squad for the Asian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series Tuesday, in lieu of the normal 12-man squad with a 13th player in case of injury. The team now has additional depth to make final roster selections the week of competition. Currently in the Top five of eight statistical categories this season, the Eagles have shown their resilience.
The... Read More
When the Eagles hoisted the cup at USA Sevens earlier this month, it was the first time they’d won a tournament on home soil and just the second time they’d won a World Series title anywhere. As the clock ticked over to show all zeroes in that 28-0 win over Argentina in the final, another potential first was unfolding – for maybe the first time ever, four African-American Eagles were on the field... Read More
The MLR preseason was in full swing this weekend as the San Diego Legion beat the Austin Elite in both teams’ first test, the Houston Sabercats and NOLA Gold tied in a rematch, and Rugby United New York blanked Mystic River, 50-0, in the first-ever professional rugby match in New York City. The Legion ventured to Texas and left with a 32-24 win against Austin while an improved NOLA hosted the... Read More
LAFAYETTE, CO – Rugby International Marketing (RIM) today announced the appointment of former USA Rugby Eagle and CMO, Pam Kosanke, as both Chairman of the Board of RIM and Interim CEO. Kosanke will assume the latter role effective March 23, following the resignation of current CEO David Sternberg. USA Rugby also elected two new representatives to the RIM Board in Mark Lambourne and Jon Bobbett,... Read More