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
In a game that was much more interesting than you might expect from a
tryless rugby game, Ireland edged the USA 15-12 in front of a large crowd
at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston Saturday evening.
All of the points came from penalty kicks, and penalties played a huge part
in this game, as the Eagles, who... Read More
Ireland leads the USA 12-6 at halftime of their test match at a crowded
BBVA Compass Stadium.
All of the points have come from penalty kicks, with Irish flyhalf Ian
Madigan slotting four, and USA fullback Chris Wyles getting two.
The USA has actually come the closest to scoring a try, but has been
plagued by penalties in the scrum.
But there is more than just blind rotation factored into the
choice of Petri over Shaw for the USA scrumhalf job this weekend against
One aspect is that Petri is a really strong tackler. His defense might well
be a key factor in Saturday evening’s game at BBVA Compass Stadium, as he
will need to contain a shifty Isaac Boss.
Offensively Petri has a big role, too. Key in... Read More
From the Kelly perspective, it’s a nod to his form. The Cal captain has
been playing well, capping off his season with an MVP performance at the
CRC. Early in the morning the day after receiving that award, he was
hustling out to the airport in Philadelphia with Cam Dolan and Colton
Cariaga to join the Eagle camp. And from there he has just gone from
strength to strength.
So he’s... Read More
For several Eagles, Saturday will be
their first to play, start or be on the bench for a tier one test.
“It’s a great opportunity. It’s a great
challenge. I’m really looking forward to it,” said Toby L’Estrange, who’s
slated to start at flyhalf. “It’s something you’ve wanted to do your whole
life, get the opportunity to play these sort of teams, so can’t wait for
L’... Read More
For the first time in the Mike Tolkin regime, the Eagles were held out of
the try zone against Canada last month. No tries likely means no win
Saturday, when the Eagles take on Ireland at BBVA Compass Stadium in
As we wrote about earlier this week,
defense will be key for the Eagles against Ireland, as it was in the last
game against the... Read More
The Eagles famously played some fantastically stout, inspired
defense against the Irish at the 2011 Rugby World Cup on the
10th anniversary of 9/11. If the Eagles are to beat Ireland for
the first time ever Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston in front of
what’s expected to be a sellout crowd, defense will again have to be a
“Defense has got to be the... Read More
The USA U20s were dismantled systemically by South Africa 97-0 in the
opening match of the Junior World Championships Saturday in La
The Americans were outmatched in virtually every aspect, and were fortunate
not to give up triple digits, as the game ended with South African knocking
South Africa learned early that the Americans did
not have... Read More