What an incredible three days that was. The hours, days and weeks of anticipation leading up to Saturday’s first kickoff seemed more like months, years and decades, but the games themselves zipped by at the speed of light. At the end of it, Team USA’s women finished 3-2-1 and in fifth place.
A medal was the goal, but the women who poured it on the line have to walk away with their heads high.... Read More
Mike Friday picked a team to win Gold. He didn’t pick a safe team. He didn’t pick a team that he knew would acquit itself well but probably didn’t have the firepower to take down Fiji or New Zealand in the knockout rounds. He is swinging for the fences.
To be fair, there’s not much difference between what would have been considered a safe team and the one he picked. A number of guys would... Read More
The new CEO for USA Rugby is Dan Payne, someone anyone paying close attention to the search for American rugby’s top executive should be well familiar with. Payne played for the Eagles, coached the Eagles and helped build one of the top rugby programs in the country at Life University.
So he’s got the job, but what does that mean, and what are we supposed to think about the hire? I’ll throw in my... Read More
Officiating is supposed to be just another condition you overcome, like the strength of the wind, the bumps of the pitch, the bounce of the ball and the intensity of the heat. And just like no one wants to hear how you lost because it was windy, you’re not supposed to blame the result on the referee. For many in sport, and especially in rugby, that’s a line you do not cross. Be forewarned, I’m... Read More
The idea of a World Cup cycle is dangerous. It’s hurt the national team in the past, it’s poisoning the decision-making now, and as long as the USA Rugby powers-that-be look at the Eagle schedule as one month long with a three-year preseason, it will remain an issue.
Currently, the obsession with the quadrennial event is in the process of tying the Eagles’ shoelaces together in the starting... Read More
The DII national final is set, as Minnesota-Duluth advanced with 30-18 defeat of Salisbury in one semifinal Saturday and Wisconsin-Whitewater beat Towson 53-22 in the other. This marks the second year in a row Duluth and Whitewater will meet in the title match.
The lone common opponent for the Fighting Penguins and Warhawks this fall? Lindenwood-Belleville, the team I happen to coach. We fell 46-... Read More
There are three major story lines for the United States coming from the World Cup, and all of them have to do with choices. The first two have been talked about – the exclusion of Todd Clever and the selections for South Africa – and the third is a decision yet to be made, or at least announced. Will Mike Tolkin continue as head coach?
Only one American coach has ever skippered the Eagles the... Read More
A winless World Cup is staring the United States National Team in the face at the moment, despite the fact that talk leading into the quadrennial tournament was of winning two games for the first time ever.
Still on the slate for the Eagles are South Africa Oct. 7 in London and Japan Oct. 11 in Gloucester. The South Africa match is a foregone conclusion, and the Japan tilt represents the last... Read More
Saturday’s loss to Samoa leaves us in an all too familiar place, finding the silver linings in another lost opportunity. Had the Eagles beaten Samoa, the team that just stood nose to nose with New Zealand, it would have been a great momentum builder for the summer heading into the World Cup. Instead, they lost and now the biggest news in American rugby is the fall of a former captain.
Still, the... Read More
That. Just. Happened. After sweeping the North American Caribbean Rugby Association Championships, both the men's and women's national teams will be representing the United States in the 2016 Olympic Games, defending the back-to-back gold medals won by the USA men in Belgium in 1920 and France in 1924.
It’s hard to put this moment into historical context, but I think it’s fair to say it’s the... Read More