Team USA opened its account at Hong Kong 7s with a 14-7 defeat of Russia. It was a grinding game that saw the American defense shine, as Russia owned the bulk of possession.
It took four minutes for either team to get on the board, and it was Folau Niua who broke the seal. The USA patiently went through several phases against a stingy Russian defense when Niua threw a hard dummy and pierced the... Read More
In its third match of the Major Rugby Championship, the Austin Huns trounced the Rugby Utah Select XVs, 48-22. With the victory, the Huns stretched their winning streak to eight games. Rugby Utah had its moments in the match as its powerful pack pounded against Austin’s defensive front. However, it was the Huns’ overall talent and athleticism that brought about the win.
“It was a hard physical... Read More
Anthony Welmers and Mike Te'o have replaced Pat Blair and Walt Elder as the Eagles ready for the Hong Kong and Singapore stretch of the World Series. Blair and Elder, both forwards, played in Las Vegas and Vancouver, and Welmers will step in as a forward option, while Te'o gives head coach Mike Friday another halfback and some versatility.
Traveling with the team as injury cover is Malon Al-... Read More
Rounding out the Eagles' summer schedule is a two-game aggregate World Cup qualifier against rival Canada. The games have been on the books for some time, but the American location and dates for both games have only just been unveiled. Canada will host the opener June 24th at a site to be named, and the USA will host the return match July 1st at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
Whichever team... Read More
In the second part of a home and away series with the Glendale Raptors, Brigham Young University nearly pulled off the upset losing by two points, 41-39. After losing 57-12 in early February in Glendale, Colo., the Cougars improved immensely in Saturday’s match and will use the experience in the upcoming D1A Playoffs. For the Raptors, the game was preparation for its battle with the Austin Huns... Read More
The pre-Asia high performance 7s camp running Wednesday through Monday will see several invited athletes vie for a spot on Team USA for the upcoming World Series legs in Hong Kong and Singapore. Included in the mix is Washington linebacker Psalm Wooching, who announced to much fanfare earlier this year he intended to pursue rugby upon graduating instead of a career in professional football.
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The second summer test for Team USA has been solidified, as the Eagles will host Georgia at Fifth Third Bank Stadium June 17 in Kennesaw, Ga. This tilt comes a week after the previously announced test with Ireland June 10 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The Eagles will also play a home-and-home series with Canada as part of Rugby World Cup qualifications, though the dates and venues for those... Read More
The USA Eagles looked like a different side in the Americas Rugby Championship than the team who lost all three of their November matches. They looked confident and fit. They looked like a side likely to win in each match they played.
Before the match against Argentina XV, I looked at some of the things beyond the four wins in the ARC that suggested the Eagles are moving in the right direction.... Read More
The third weekend of matchups of the Major Rugby Championship saw two huge blowouts by the Glendale Raptors and the Austin Huns. At Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo., the Raptors eviscerated the Rugby Utah Select XV, 94-17, and the visiting Huns pillaged New Orleans, 91-8. The winning teams put on a clinic against their opponents.
With the 94-17 rout of Rugby Utah, Glendale stretches its unbeaten... Read More
Team USA fell 28-24 to Fiji in the bronze medal match Sunday at BC Place in Vancouver. The Eagles matched the reigning World Series and Olympic champions in tries, but fell two conversions short. The second-straight top-four finish sees the USA move to fifth in the world standings.
The USA's opening restart wasn't taken cleanly, and Fiji took it off the bounce. An immediate chip and chase... Read More