Tonga defeated the USA 18-9 in the Pacific Nations Cup match at the Home
Depot Center (being renamed the Stub Hub Center) in Carson, Calif. Friday
It was not the USA’s best night, and they will leave for Japan and the
remaining PNC games knowing they could do so, so much better.
The USA might have... Read More
France defeated the USA 18-12 in a women's test match Friday at Home Depot
Center in Carson, Calif.
The USA started well after the French couldn't catch the kickoff. The
Eagles pressed their advantage and looked sure to score a minute in when
flyhalf Sadie Anderson ghosted through a gap. She had Lynelle Kugler... Read More
The first two test matches of the year have produced no tries for the Eagles
(and one try for the opposition) and two close losses. Head Coach Mike Tolkin
said this week has been about making sure the USA scored tries.
“The thing about the Ireland game is, we didn’t really have anything to
build off,” said Tolkin. “... Read More
The USA 7s team wrapped up the business portion of their sojourn to Seattle
Wednesday with a four-period scrimmage against the Serevi Selects.
The scrimmage, held at Magnuson Park in Seattle, was well-attended by fans,
and featured a close contest. The game itself was mostly touch, rather than
full tackle. USA Head Coach Alex... Read More
In the last 102 years of American international rugby, the United States
has played 63 matches against Tier I opposition.
That measurement alone is not set in stone – we at RUGBYMag.com have
included Samoa and Argentina in this list, even though one could argue
Argentina wasn’t a Tier I nation through the entirety of the 1990s. We also
have not... Read More
England pummeled the USA U20s 109-0 in the final round of pool play at the
Junior World Championships in France.
The English were bigger, faster, and much more organized. Led by a huge
back three of Ben Howard, Henry Purdy and Ollie Devoto, England had the
athleticism to run through tacklers and run around them, also. As a result,
the USA players had to commit two and three... Read More
He picked Maka Unufe and Mike Palefau in place of Luke Hume and Blaine
Scully. Hume is with the USA 15s team, and was seen limping off against
Ireland anyway, while Scully is injured. So neither was dropped – more they
have issues keeping them away from the squad, and, fortunately for Magleby,
there are players available.
Palefau is an experienced player who can slot
in at almost any position. He... Read More
Luke Hume left the USA v. Ireland test match with a limp and his ankle was
iced while he sat on the sidelines. It’s highly likely that he will not start
against Tonga on Friday.
Look instead for James Paterson to regain his spot
on the left wing.
In addition, it’s likely Samu Manoa, who was such a force for the Eagles
against the Irish, will take a break before the World Cup Qualifiers... Read More
second year in a row, a record crowd has attended a June Eagle test at BBVA
Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. 20,181 turned out to watch the Eagles
fall to Ireland,15-12, Saturday, the most for any domestic test or 15s
match. Last June, 17,214 watched the USA lose to Italy, 30-10.
The previous record is disputed, but many believe it was around 16,000 for
a 2001... Read More
The United States lost to Ireland by three, and at least 6
Irish points were a direct result of American penalties at the scrum.
“It’s tough operating that way because immediately you’re either three
points down on the board or you’re 30-40 meters downfield. Not the way we
wanted to start. We’ll have to look at that aspect,” said USA head coach
Mike Tolkin, who didn’t... Read More