Close tests, big upsets. With teams jockeying for positions within their conferences, there were plenty of exciting matches this weekend in D1A, D1AA, and DI Club.
With Indiana on a bye, Michigan State and Wisconsin shined in the Big Ten. The Spartans nipped Purdue, 17-14, to remain undefeated and Wisconsin blew out Iowa, 105-0, to improve to 3-1. Ohio State got back on the winning track with a... Read More
With the Pacific Northwest on bye, there were only three conferences in action across the DI club scene. Glendale and Life were the winners in the ARP Friendlies, while it was Metropolis, the Chicago Lions, Columbus, and Cincinnati that took home victories in the Midwest. There were only two matches in the Mid-Atlantic, won by the Potomac Exiles and Schuylkill River. The Norfolk-Rocky Gorge match... Read More
USA Rugby's next full-time head coach is slated to be Gary Gold, who currently coaches the Worcester Warriors of the Aviva Premiership, which happens to be the home club of Eagle hooker Joe Taufete'e. Gold was brought into the Warriors in January to help the club avoid relegation last season, and that he did. Currently, though, Gold, Taufete'e and Worcester are off to an 0-6 start to the season.... Read More
A well-deserved offseason has come to an end, as the first high performance camp of the 2017/2018 season which leads directly into a competition is currently underway at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Mike Friday and company is shaking away the rust before the HSBC Sevens World Series kicks off in Dubai in December.
Before the circuit begins, though, the team will... Read More
(Correction: original rendition of this story inaccurately stated the job had been offered to someone prior to Gold. It has been corrected.)
USA Rugby announced the hiring of Gary Gold as the new Eagles head coach Monday. Gold is currently serving as the director of rugby for the Worcester Warriors, which sit winless and in last place in the Aviva Premiership table.
"We are very fortunate to have... Read More
Over the summer, the American Rugby Premiership was reorganized with swapping out two teams for a five club conference. Boston and Boston Irish have departed and the Glendale Merlins and the Life Running Eagles join Old Blue, NYAC, and Mystic River in the league. On Saturday, Old Blue took on rival NYAC and the Glendale Merlins tackled non-conference opponent, the Ontario Arrows.
Old Blue at NYAC... Read More
Team USA's quest for the cup ended with a 45-12 semifinal loss to New Zealand Tuesday at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. The game was competitive through the first 40 minutes, with the Eagles staying within two scores at halftime, and it could have been closer. However, the Black Ferns exploded for 30 points in the second half to put the game out of reach. All-World winger Portia Woodman tallied an... Read More
At the UCD Bowl in Dublin on Sunday, the USA Eagles made it two bonus-point wins from two tries in the Women’s Rugby World Cup. The 43-0 defeat of Spain keeps them tied with England at the top of Pool B with 10 points.
In the second half, the Eagles were simply too strong and scored 31 points. Like the win against Italy, the match against Spain showcased the Eagles’ ambition and potential, as... Read More
Saracens and the USA Islanders played for the Atlantic Cup in Bermuda on Thursday. For Saracens the exhibition match is part of their preseason. For the USA Islanders, this was their first ever match. The event benefited Beyond Rugby Bermuda, a local charity.
Even without several key players, the Saracens group named for the match featured a lot of talent, and the Islanders were clear underdogs... Read More
The 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup started on Wednesday in Dublin. The USA Eagles played Italy first, and earned the needed result: a bonus point win. The final score was 24-12, though the Eagles had plenty of chances to put even more points on the board.
The first quarter of the match was dominated by the Eagles, as the match started in close to an ideal fashion for them.
Early on, Italy kicked... Read More