Team USA finished with back-to-back wins to claim fifth-place in Paris, widening the gap between the Eagles and Australia in the World Series standings. The USA's title hopes ended with a 26-12 defeat at the hands of England to start day two, but wins over Fiji, 24-14, and Samoa, 24-19, saw the Eagles end the tournament on a high note.
Mike Friday's crew is now almost certain to finish the season... Read More
Team USA fell 27-14 to New Zealand in the Pool B decider Saturday, sending the Eagles through to the quarterfinals as the second-place team out of the group. That likely means a meeting with England in the quarterfinals Sunday.
The game was a seesaw affair throughout, and it started that way, with the All Blacks scoring first and Perry Baker rebutting with a try of his own. Only Hughes'... Read More
Team USA opened pool play in Paris 2-0 Saturday, slipping past Argentina 26-19 and running away from Wales 38-14. The Argentina match seemed in hand for the Eagles before the Pumas threatened late, while the Welsh match was nip and tuck through halftime before the Eagles blew it wide open.
The pool decider is against New Zealand at 11:58 a.m. ET. No matter the result, the USA will be moving onto... Read More
Head Coach John Mitchell has named 30 players to assemble for the USA's four-game summer, which includes two intriguing tests against Ireland and Georgia before a double-header World Cup qualifier against Canada. In stark contrast to most Eagle assemblies, all 30 players are available for all four tests.
The Eagles have built some depth at prior positions of weakness, with some second rows and... Read More
World Rugby's Regulation 8, which outlines player eligibility for the international game, has been changed via a World Rugby Council special meeting Wednesday in Kyoto, Japan. The most glaring change is the increase of time a player has to reside in a country before becoming eligible for its national team.
“This is an historic moment for the sport and a great step towards protecting the... Read More
The World Cup draw took place Thursday in Japan, with three of the five teams in each pool being cemented, and the likely landing spots for the United States revealed. While certainly no pool in the Rugby World Cup is going to be easy, it appears the USA's best path to success is to actually lose the qualifiers to Canada this summer to avoid the pool of death.
The top-qualifying team out of the... Read More
The Exchange is a regular Q&A put together by Jake Feury that features interesting people in the American rugby community. Jake, a recent graduate from Middlebury College, has been involved in rugby for a number of years now. Some of his playing experience includes the Morris Lions (NJ), the GPS Gallopers (Australia), Middlebury College (VT), Trinity College (Dublin), Atlantis, the Northeast... Read More
There are two major decisions coming down from World Rugby that will send ripple effects through the global game – the new calendar and proposed changes to the residency rule. The former is already done and dusted and will take effect in 2020, and the latter will be decided on next month and could have more sudden, sweeping ramifications for American rugby.
The calendar change... Read More
The United States fell 26-19 to Canada in the final of Singapore 7s Sunday. The Eagles let Canada get out to 19-0 advantage in quick order, then exhausted all energy to come level in the second half before Canada mustered the game winner.
Matt Mullins ran through an arm tackle from Ben Pinkleman and another from Folau Niua to break free. Perry Baker reeled him in as he crossed over for the try.... Read More
For the third time in history, Team USA is onto a cup final on the HSBC Sevens World Series. It took a quarterfinal upset over Fiji, 24-19, and a resounding semifinal win over Australia, 40-7, but the Eagles will play Canada at 8:30 a.m. ET Sunday for the Singapore 7s title.
Having finished second in Pool D, the USA drew the unenviable task of facing Fiji, winners last week in Hong Kong, in the... Read More