John Mitchell’s Eagles routed Brazil 51-3 Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas to move to 2-0 in the Americas Rugby Championship. An eight-try performance avenges the loss to Brazil in the inaugural ARC last year, the biggest upset in World Rugby rankings history.
The game began with a typical ping pong kicking battle, which the USA won, along with a stolen lineout, leading to the... Read More
Wing Zack Test exited the USA's defeat of Uruguay in the Americas Rugby Championship opener Saturday with what looked like a nasty injury. He was clearly dazed with a limp ankle, and he was strapped to a backboard and carted off the field. While the details of Test's injury are unknown, USA Rugby announced via press release that he underwent surgery and is in stable condition.
"Our thoughts are... Read More
Two debutants will start against Uruguay Saturday, as Ben Cima gets the nod at flyhalf and Peter Malcolm lines up at hooker. Cima has been in the age-grade pathway for years and will be in the mix for kicking duties. Malcolm is a also an age-grade alum, and he gives Wheeling Jesuit its first capped Eagle ever.
Anthony Purpura is set to earn his second cap, which is notable considering the first... Read More
Mike Friday’s troops bowed out of the Wellington 7s with a 19-12 loss to Kenya in the Challenge Trophy semifinal. The Eagles squandered some scoring chances in the opening half and were outpaced by Kenya in the second.
Kenya drew first blood in the third minute. The Eagles played defense mostly at the start, and when they got possession it was deep in their end. A sketchy pass from Perry Baker to... Read More
Team USA got off to a sluggish start to day two, barely eking past a Japanese side that surrendered a staggering 122 points in pool play. The Brave Blossoms led in the second half, but the Eagles captured a 19-14 lead and were fortunate to hold onto it.
It started sloppy, as mishandles and a lack of intent from the Eagles meant no line breaks for the first several minutes. Eventually, Carlin... Read More
Since Rio, the men’s 7s team has been chasing its tail a bit. Players scattered to the four winds after the Olympics, and some returned, while others didn’t. The HSBC Sevens World Series started almost too soon, it would seem.
In Dubai and South Africa, the Olympic hangover was evident, as head coach Mike Friday spent less time with the 7s squad in the lead up thanks to his role with the 15s team... Read More
Eagles head man John Mitchell has chosen a 35-man player pool for the upcoming Americas Rugby Championship. Nine players, as opposed to the 24 new caps handed out in the same competition last year, are hoping to make their international debuts.
Despite the competition falling in World Rugby’s Reg. 9 window, when clubs are required to release their players for international duty, several overseas... Read More
USA Rugby is in a tight spot financially at the moment. The national office has never been mistaken for Scrooge McDuck’s money pit in the past, but the national governing body is especially lean this year. CEO Dan Payne has talked openly about it, saying they’re starting 2017 about a million dollars in the red.
The stated reasons are the bankruptcy of kit sponsor BLK and the plummeting European... Read More
Head coach Mike Friday named his 12-man squad Wednesday for the upcoming stops in Australia and New Zealand on the HSBC Sevens World Series. Back in the fold are Carlin Isles and Brett Thompson, both of whom are coming off of injury. They were unavailable for the first two tournaments of the season.
Missing is Maka Unufe, who has been a regular selection as the frontline center. He is nursing an... Read More
The USA's five Americas Rugby Championship contests this year will be streamed live via TheRugbyChannel.tv and re-aired via ESPN's family of networks. Non-USA ARC matches will be streamed live on ESPN3 and in delay via TheRugbyChannel.tv.
ESPN hasn't published its full calendar for the entire time frame of the tournament, so it's too early to tell exactly where and when the USA matches will be... Read More