Team USA completed day one with a 14-7 defeat of Fiji Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Coupled with Spain's 14-14 draw with Ireland in the pool finale, the victory saw the Eagles finish second in Pool B. Had Ireland won, a three-way tie would have decided it and could have bumped the USA to third. Nonetheless, it's the Cup Quarterfinals for the USA on Saturday, as they await the second-... Read More
John Mitchell’s Eagles are on the brink of making history, though it may take them some months to realize it. They’ve won four tests in a row, over Chile, Canada, Brazil and Uruguay. A fifth-straight win would be new territory for the men’s 15s senior national team.
Only twice in history have the Eagles won four-in-a-row before. From April through June in 2003 the USA beat Spain twice and... Read More
Mike Friday's selections for the USA Sevens are final, and he's included an inordinate number of forwards. Through much of the season, the scrum was an area of weakness for the team, as post-Olympic attrition and injury kept the Eagles thin there. Coming into the home stretch, Friday apaprently wants to make sure there's plenty of depth up front.
There are six players on the squad who play... Read More
Head Coach Richie Walker has named his side to take the field at the USA Sevens this weekend, and it's packed with firepower and experience, as well as some youth, too.
Set to make their debuts in Las Vegas are Kelsi Stockert and Nicole Snyder. Stockert has been called up in 15s, but not 7s until now. She's a stalwart for the Seattle Saracens, and Snyder is a standout from Bloomsburg making her... Read More
Ireland's return to the USA for a second year in a row was confirmed Monday, as it was announced the USA will meet Ireland June 10, 2017 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The game is part of the agreement which saw Ireland beat the All Blacks for the first time ever in front of a sold out Soldier Field in Chicago in November - New Zealand is also supposed to return to the United States to play... Read More
John Mitchell’s Eagles routed Brazil 51-3 Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas to move to 2-0 in the Americas Rugby Championship. An eight-try performance avenges the loss to Brazil in the inaugural ARC last year, the biggest upset in World Rugby rankings history.
The game began with a typical ping pong kicking battle, which the USA won, along with a stolen lineout, leading to the... Read More
Wing Zack Test exited the USA's defeat of Uruguay in the Americas Rugby Championship opener Saturday with what looked like a nasty injury. He was clearly dazed with a limp ankle, and he was strapped to a backboard and carted off the field. While the details of Test's injury are unknown, USA Rugby announced via press release that he underwent surgery and is in stable condition.
"Our thoughts are... Read More
Two debutants will start against Uruguay Saturday, as Ben Cima gets the nod at flyhalf and Peter Malcolm lines up at hooker. Cima has been in the age-grade pathway for years and will be in the mix for kicking duties. Malcolm is a also an age-grade alum, and he gives Wheeling Jesuit its first capped Eagle ever.
Anthony Purpura is set to earn his second cap, which is notable considering the first... Read More
Mike Friday’s troops bowed out of the Wellington 7s with a 19-12 loss to Kenya in the Challenge Trophy semifinal. The Eagles squandered some scoring chances in the opening half and were outpaced by Kenya in the second.
Kenya drew first blood in the third minute. The Eagles played defense mostly at the start, and when they got possession it was deep in their end. A sketchy pass from Perry Baker to... Read More
Team USA got off to a sluggish start to day two, barely eking past a Japanese side that surrendered a staggering 122 points in pool play. The Brave Blossoms led in the second half, but the Eagles captured a 19-14 lead and were fortunate to hold onto it.
It started sloppy, as mishandles and a lack of intent from the Eagles meant no line breaks for the first several minutes. Eventually, Carlin... Read More