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
No one knows exactly where the tipping point is, but we’re getting closer to finding out. Someday, enough people will have paid to attend rugby games, tournaments and events to cause the professionalization of rugby in America. What that professionalization will look like isn’t clear, either. I’ll get to that.
But this summer will be a great litmus test for America’s ability to support... Read More
The National Rugby Football League claims the Rough Riders, being referred to as America’s first professional rugby team, will play the Leicester Tigers Aug. 8 at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, in an exhibition match dubbed the Independence Cup.
This is the fledgling organization’s second run at the Independence Cup. In 2013, the NRFL claimed it was going to put... Read More
At first glance, the run-up to the World Cup looks fantastic for Team USA. The Pacific Nations Cup will provide four games in July and August, and a pair of friendlies with Canada and another possible test against Australia or a Premiership team will give the Eagles seven games in quick succession and over two months of assembly time.
However, it is quite possible they’ll be without their... Read More
Check out the lastest Ruggamatrix America podcast, as the panel talks college 15s, the Collegiate Rugby Championship and the upcoming Eagles tour.
Editor's note: the original version of this article incorrectly stated St. Mary's had received an invite to the CRC. St. Mary's has never received an invite to the CRC. A retraction of this mistake was published Jul 2, 2014.
The Collegiate Rugby Championship annually comes under fire for the makeup of its tournament, and the latest round of shots have left the gun. The bottom line – there are... Read More