Joe Taufete’e likely never scores those two tries in the now famous win over Scotland if Mike Tolkin doesn’t fly across the country to watch a Belmont Shore match and give Taufete’e his first cap and select him for the 2015 World Cup. Tolkin, the former USA head man who just finished coaching Major League Rugby’s first expansion team, Rugby United New York, in their first exhibition season, as... Read More
Like probably most of you, in the wake of the USA’s 30-29 upset win over Scotland, I’m still stuck somewhere between disbelief and the urge to clothe myself in Old Glory, head-to-toe, celebrating right on through Independence Day. Between shopping for a fake mullet attached to a red-white-and-blue headband and scouring the internet for plus-sized, star-spangled budgy smugglers, I have distilled... Read More
The United States Men’s National Team claimed its first-ever tier one scalp Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, beating sixth-ranked Scotland 30-29. The Eagles had to overcome a yellow card and an 11-point halftime lead to seal the upset, their first-ever over a Home Nation.
Scotland quelled early hopes for an upset with a try right at 60 seconds. Scotland created an overload... Read More
Arrive Sunday, typically from all over the world. A prop might fly in from France, a flanker from Ft. Lauderdale and a hooker from Bloemfontein. No matter how many hours of travel they’d just endured, they've got to boot up for training as quickly as possible, because they’ll be asked to play international test rugby in five days.
That’s what an Eagle assembly usually looks like. This June,... Read More
In 1986, USA Rugby (known then as USARFU) decided to schedule World Rugby Cup prep games for the Eagles via an internal tour against three national Territories. An interesting wrinkle to the idea was to allow Eagles to play for their own Territories against the designated Eagle squad for that game. The matches started in December 1986 (Houston), continued to February 1987, (New Orleans), and... Read More
USA Rugby Congress member Steve Lewis sat with Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton for an hour-long episode of the Rugby PatCast to discuss the developing and ongoing story of USA Rugby’s governance failures. Lewis unloads on the outgoing board, his fellow Congress members, and the nonsensical organizational structure that allowed it all to happen.
What’s left of USA Rugby’s leadership structure... Read More
Team USA completed its 2017/2018 campaign Saturday, finishing in sixth place, both in the season standings and the Paris 7s hierarchy. The Eagles went 3-2-1 in France, losing the cup quarterfinals to New Zealand.
Carlin Isles ran in several tries on the weekend, bringing his season total to 49. That puts him five tries clear of Wales’ Luke Morgan in the race for the World Series’ leading scorer.... Read More
Team USA notched a 62-13 win over Russia Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The win is the Eagles’ largest ever over Russia, and it improves the USA’s record under first-year head coach Gary Gold to 5-0.
Pumping in nine tries was an impressive feat, considering the Eagles managed just one against the Bears in 2016. They’re averaging 48 points a game under Gold.
Russia struck first in the... Read More
Gary Gold's starting side for Saturday's match against Russia includes 244 international caps, 101 of which have been earned by players making their debuts under Gold - Eric Fry, Samu Manoa, John Quill and AJ MacGinty. They're joined by debutant Paul Mullen, a former Munster age-grade and USA age-grade player starting at tighthead.
The team is decidedly large, with Paul Lasike and Bryce Campbell... Read More
The Women's Sevens World Series is coming back to the U.S.A this fall, as Glendale's Infinity Park has been tabbed the newest stop for the now six-tournament series. Glendale will kick off the 2018/2019 season, which will serve as the first qualification vehicle for the 2020 Olympics, Oct. 20-21.
The USA has hosted a stop on the women's circuit every season since the inaugural in 2012/2013,... Read More