A wounded Falcons squad finished 2-4 in a series of scrimmages over the weekend in Manchester, UK. The Americans beat Germany and split with France, but fell to Spain, England and Ireland.
Eagles head coach Mike Friday led the Falcons. The idea at the beginning was to get some valuable international minutes for the guys who go on tour all season, but don’t necessarily log a lot of playing time,... Read More
USA Rugby has two new board members in Jim Brown and Julie Lau. They were put forth by the nominating committee and approved by the board. At Saturday’s biannual Congress meeting, they were ratified by Congress by comfortable margins.
The third candidate put forward by the nominating committee, Jim Eats, was not approved by the board, leaving one seat open. This may mark the first time a nominee... Read More
The final shoe has dropped for the USA's fall tour, with a Nov. 10 meeting with Samoa filling the gap. The Eagles will play Manu Samoa at Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian, Spain. The match is bookended by a non-rankings bout with the Maori All Blacks in Chicago Nov. 3 and an away test against Romania in Bucharest Nov. 17. The tour is capped off by a match with Ireland in Dublin Nov. 24.
The... Read More
CHULA VISTA, CA. - The Women's National Team has officially named its 34 player roster to face No. 1 New Zealand, No. 2 England and No. 8 Ireland for the upcoming November Internationals 2018.
After last taking the pitch for their fourth-place finish at Women's Rugby World Cup 2017, a new wave of players were selected from recent age-grade, senior high performance camp and Women's Premier League... Read More
It’s been an unusual offseason for the 7s Eagles. It was truncated by a home World Cup, and there have been some coaching changes. The Eagles assembled for preseason recently, with the women having already sent a Falcons team to Japan and the men’s Falcons having just arrived in England for a series of scrimmages.
The biggest change was the exit of women’s head coach Richie Walker. Men’s... Read More
The three candidates for USA Rugby’s open board seats surfaced over the weekend – Julie Lau, Jim Eats and Jim Brown. The process now moves to the current six board members, who will vote on their appointments. If approved by the board as expected, it’s up to Congress to vote on the candidates at this weekend’s Congress meeting in Denver.
Lau is one of four candidates put forward by the U.S. Women... Read More
GLENDALE, CO. - Pools and schedules have today been announced for the HSBC USA Women’s Sevens 2018 tournament in Glendale, new opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.
The international tournament, to be held at Infinity Park from October 20-21, will feature 11 core and one invitational women’s rugby sevens teams as they begin their journey to qualify for the Tokyo 2020... Read More
USA Rugby interim board chair Barbara O’Brien appeared on Rugby Wrap Up recently – her first media appearance in the role. The brief interview was revealing to some degree.
O’Brien humbly admitted she wasn’t cut out for the role of board chair for USA Rugby, given her lack of experience in the sports business world, and that she accepted the responsibility on the condition of it being interim.... Read More
If Team USA’s clean sheet is to stay unblemished through the end of the year, it’s going to take some doing. There are two games in which the Eagles will be favored, and two in which they’ll be heavy underdogs.
USA Rugby confirmed the Nov. 17 match with Romania in Bucharest Wednesday. The Eagles last met the Oaks in 2016, falling 23-10 in Bucharest. All-time, the Americans are 6-2 in the series.... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This week features a deep dive into the governance issues plaguing USA Rugby. Everything from RIM's collapse to Gus Pichot's appointment to USA Rugby's board are on the table, and a bevvy of questions from the community get answers.
Author's note: Above is a map of USA Rugby's Congress sorted by region, with... Read More