Four games next month, five in the Americas Rugby Championship next spring, and three or four more over the summer are all that separate the Eagles from their World Cup opener Sept. 26, 2019 at 6:45 a.m. ET at Kobe Misaki Stadium. With the countdown to Japan subtly ticking in the back of their minds, the Eagles assembled in Chicago Wednesday.
Not everyone is there. The overseas pros with club... Read More
The Chris Brown era began with a bang over the weekend, as his Eagles won silver in the season opener in Glendale, Colo. The feat sets the team up with an unexpectedly good start to Olympic qualification.
It comes as a surprise because it was the team’s first-ever tournament under the rookie head coach. Brown took over for the jettisoned Richie Walker this summer, and while he has a track record... Read More
Reigning World Rugby 7s Player of the Year Perry Baker is a finalist for the same accolade this year, World Rugby announced Monday. The annual award ceremony takes place Nov. 25 at Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo.
Joining Baker as nominees are Fiji's Jerry Tuwai and Australia's Ben O'Donnell. Last year, Baker had a pretty big stat to back up his nomination, having led the world in tries. This... Read More
There are some remarkable similarities between the takeover of the women’s 7s team Chris Brown is currently undergoing and that which he and Mike Friday conducted with the men’s program back in 2014.
Both teams are wildly talented. Friday inherited Danny Barrett, Folau Niua, Madison Hughes, Maka Unufe and Carlin Isles, among others. All of them have been indispensable cogs in the program for five... Read More
USA head coach Gary Gold has named a 27-man squad for the upcoming November Tour, which will see the Eagles play the New Zealand Maori Nov. 3 in Chicago, Samoa Nov. 10 in Spain, Romania Nov. 17 in Bucharest and Ireland Nov. 24 in Dublin.
The team is remarkably experienced, without a single debutant in the ranks. The team boasts an average of 16 caps per player, and that’s without star flyhalf AJ... Read More
USA flyhalf AJ MacGinty has undergone a shoulder surgery that will rule him out for the rest of the year, including the USA’s four November tests. The Sale Sharks announced the decision Monday, saying the shoulder injury was originally sustained during the USA’s summer tour.
MacGinty started all three summer tests for the USA, leading them to a clean sheet over Russia, Scotland and Canada. He... Read More
Team USA bagged its first win at the Youth Olympics with a 24-14 win over Samoa Monday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The win sees the Americans finish fifth with a 1-3-2 record.
They opened with a 38-0 loss to France and a 24-24 tie against Samoa on Saturday. Sunday, a close loss to South Africa, 19-12, was followed by a 17-17 draw with Japan. Monday, the Americans fell to Argentina, 22-14, in the... Read More
The interim portion of Chris Brown's job title has been removed, as expected. The former men's assistant has spent about six weeks as the interim head coach after the ousting of Richie Walker. Ahead of the season opener in Glendale, Colo. this weekend, USA Rugby cast a vote of confidence in the man who helped turn the men's program into a contender.
"I'm excited to maximize the transfer of what I... Read More
Team USA kicks off its Youth Olympic Games campaign Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The six-team rugby portion of the competition runs Saturday through Monday with a full round-robin.
After two pool games Saturday and Sunday and the final group match Monday, there will be a single round of knockout matches. The top two teams after the group stage will face off for gold, third- and fourth-... Read More
In August of 2007, the 2006 European Cup winners, Munster from Ireland, visited Chicago to play in the inaugural Setanta Challenge Cup. The Irish squad came with a mix of first and second side players as those selected for Ireland's Rugby World Cup in 2007 stayed home.
Munster, founded in 1879, was a storied Irish club that played at two grounds, Thomond Park, Limerick, and Musgrave Park, Cork.... Read More