A mixed USA side will take on a strengthened Glendale side 6pm MT
at Infinity Park tonight. The match is an effort to get some of the
reserves and fringe players some action, as well as an opportunity to work
on the team’s continuity on an otherwise off weekend.
Glendale’s side will likely be strengthened by some of the fringe players
in Eagle camp, like Will Scott, a... Read More
But what about Samuela
Manoa, who also joins the Eagles in Houston after playing with Northampton
in the Aviva Premiership final and with the Barbarians against the British
& Irish Lions? He hasn't played with the Eagles much, ever, and hasn't
been a part of the Eagles setup for two years, since the Eddie O'Sullivan
era. Can he come right in and assimilate with the team?
"I... Read More
Troy Hall is not on the list of 28 players Mike Tolkin has named for the
Houston assembly, meaning he will not get a second-straight start at
outside center. He is the only starter from the Canada game that didn’t
make the cut for Houston. (UPDATE: Hall suffered a torn ACL that was not
diagnosed until Wednesday. He practiced with a wrapped knee on
Paul Emerick has... Read More
Holed up in a park in Georgia, the team is cut off, somewhat, from the
outside world and hard at work as they face a monumental task in La
Roche-sur-Yon in France.
The players have been staying at Hard Labor Creek State Park (how's that
for a name?) in Georgia near the Oconee National Forest. The players are
staying in cabins with a central meal cabin and a... Read More
speedster told RUGBYMag.com that he expects to sign a contract with
Heineken Cup champ and Top 14 finalist Toulon in July. Isles said terms of
the contract have been agreed to, but that he has to wait to officially
sign until July, which makes sense given that he’s under contract with the
7s Eagles through the 7s World Cup at the end of June.
Some early rumors put Isles in... Read More
Starting Adam Siddall at fullback against Canada was a big ask.
Until a couple of weeks ago, he’d never been in a USA assembly, never been
taught the Eagles attack or defense principles, never played an
international test and rarely played fullback.
“It was a busy week leading into it, learning all the calls,” said Siddall,
the New Zealand-bred Old Blue product. “But I felt... Read More
The Eagles will train this week in Glendale and then move on to Houston this
coming weekend in preparation for their June 8 match with Ireland. Players who were not available
for last week’s match against Canada are expected to join the squad
Some of these
players are due in Glendale, and others will finish up their rehab or their
IRB-mandated stand-down time before getting back on the... Read More
USA prop Mike MacDonald, who holds the record for most caps by an American
with 67, will not play rugby this summer.
been trying to get back to fitness and did play for The Olympic Club in the
winter and spring, but a back injury ruled him out of selection for this
last weekend's Canada test.
Now MacDonald announced through Twitter that he will be out
long-term... Read More
“I was really disappointed in how we started the game,” said Tolkin. “We were
flat. We didn’t hustle to the ball. We didn’t put them under pressure, and as
a result we put ourselves under pressure. When we changed it up in the second
half and put pressure on them, they couldn’t do anything.”
Canada got one try, off a USA miscue, and only one of their penalty
goals was the result of impressive... Read More
Canada defeated the USA 16-9 in the opening match for both teams of the
Pacific Nations Cup in a game that the Eagles could well have won if they
had executed better.
The Eagles had several prime try-scoring opportunities, but execution
breakdowns hurt them at crucial moments.
The game began with budding Canada star Tyler
Ardron slamming into a USA player at the kickoff. That... Read More