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.
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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
Heading into USA v Ireland at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, I rationally knew that there was little chance of an American win. However, having looked closely at some specific areas of the Eagles’ recent performances, there were things I was focused on as gauges for the USA performance. There was a part of me on Saturday that did not understand what I was seeing. In two areas of play I’ve paid... Read More
In 2013 I wrote a column stating why USA Rugby needed to put a target on Canada’s back. At the time, both the 7s and 15s men’s Eagles were 2-10 against the Canadians in their last 12 meetings. And we needed to beat Canada to qualify for the World Cup as the second seed from the Americas and reach Rio. We did the former, but not the latter.
Well, at least on the men’s side, we’ve caught Canada. In... Read More
EDMONTON, Alberta - The U.S. match-day squad for Tuesday's World Rugby U20 Trophy Qualifier between the AIG Men's Junior All-Americans and host Canada has been selected.
Head Coach JD Stephenson's under-20s will open the two-match series against the border rival at Ellerslie Rugby Park June 13 at 9 p.m. ET. U20 Trophy veteran Malon Al-Jiboori will captain the side, with Rugby Canada's live stream... Read More
Ireland defeated the United States 55-19 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. The Irish side proved to be deadly off the set piece and in open play, racking up nine tries in route to a strong victory.
The Eagles kicked off to start the game pinning Ireland deep in its own territory. After several phases, Ireland attempted to grub the ball through the defense but it was tipped. Nate Augspurger... Read More
University of California's Robert Paylor is currently at Colorado's Craig Hospital, where he is undergoing rehab for an injury sustained on the field of play May 6.
Over the past month, Robert and his family have received the generous offerings of support from the American rugby community in multiple forms. This Saturday, at the USA Men's Eagles vs. Ireland match at Red Bull Arena, USA Rugby... Read More