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
Team USA head coach Mike Friday, captain Madison Hughes and stars Perry Baker and Danny Barrett will be in attendance at the 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship June 3-4, and there will be two opportunities to interact and learn from them. Saturday, there will be a Q&A on the mian stage just outside Talen Energy Stadium, and Sunday there will be an attack clinic on the Academy... Read More
John Mitchell has four games left on his plate before taking off for South Africa, or before he stops commuting to America from his home in South Africa, you might say. It was announced Thursday that Mitchell would leave USA Rugby after less than two years at the helm to coach the Blue Bulls of Super Rugby.
The move doesn’t come as a surprise, as Mitchell had been linked to multiple jobs over the... Read More
LAFAYETTE, Colo. - Life University Director of High Performance Systems Scott Lawrence will join John Mitchell's Men's Eagles coaching staff this summer as the U.S. National Team seeks qualification for Rugby World Cup 2019.
The former AIG Men's Junior All-Americans coach recently led Life's men's collegiate side to a fifth consecutive D1A Rugby National Championship appearance - the second... Read More
After a frustrating loss to Scotland in the semi-finals, the London 7s ended with a thud for USA, losing 22-19 to Canada. Canada opened well, and then came back from a second half deficit to claim the bronze medal. The bronze medal match between USA and Canada was a rematch of the final in Singapore, which Canada also won.
The opening kick was a mess, and Canada had the first chance at... Read More