Former Team USA Women's 7s head coach Ric Suggitt passed away at the age of 58 from a medical complication Tuesday, reports the University of Lethbridge athletic department, where Suggitt coached the Pronghorn women's team. The announcement states Suggitt passed away with his family by his side.
Suggitt coached the USA women from 2010-2015, seeing the team through a third-place finish at the... Read More
The day arrived on May 21, 1977, when the Eagles played, finally, their North American rivals, the Canadians in the first rugby Test match between these neighbor nations. The Canadians triumphed 17-6 in Swangard Stadium, Vancouver.
Expectations of victory in America were high, perhaps too high in the third ever Test for the USA, which lost international games twice before in 1976 to Australia (24... 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.
When... 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
The recent Ireland-USA Test match at Red Bull Stadium, Harrison, New Jersey, represented the first international big match rugby game in the Metropolitan area in seven-years. Although not standing room only, the stadium seemed filled, yet revealing many seats shy of capacity at 25,000.
The spectators included thousands of Irish rugby fans, most sporting the familiar national green jersey.... Read More
Since their disastrous quarterfinal exit from the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Ireland have a 9-7-1 Test match record. This includes notable victories against New Zealand and England, where, both times, the Irish halted their opponents' record tying, eighteen-game Test win streak.
Eleven Irish players are with the Irish and British Lions in New Zealand: props Jack McGrath and Tadhg Furlong, hooker Rory... 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
HARRISON, N.J. - USA Men's Eagles Head Coach John Mitchell has selected the 23-man squad for Saturday's Emirates Airline Summer Series opener against No. 4 Ireland at Red Bull Arena.
Captain Nate Augspurger will lead a starting XV boasting 115 international caps from the scrum half position, with a further 49 caps and one debutant available in the reserves. Kicking off at 5 p.m. ET on NBC Sports... Read More
It has long been a goal of the American rugby community to bring the sport in the United States to a comparable playing field, both physically and metaphorically, in relation to the traditional American sports. The NCAA naming women’s rugby as an emerging sport certainly appeared to be a step in that direction, however, all that glitters is not always gold.
With the fifteens Women’s Rugby World... Read More