Head Coach John Mitchell has named 30 players to assemble for the USA's four-game summer, which includes two intriguing tests against Ireland and Georgia before a double-header World Cup qualifier against Canada. In stark contrast to most Eagle assemblies, all 30 players are available for all four tests.
The Eagles have built some depth at prior positions of weakness, with some second rows and... Read More
World Rugby's Regulation 8, which outlines player eligibility for the international game, has been changed via a World Rugby Council special meeting Wednesday in Kyoto, Japan. The most glaring change is the increase of time a player has to reside in a country before becoming eligible for its national team.
“This is an historic moment for the sport and a great step towards protecting the... Read More
The World Cup draw took place Thursday in Japan, with three of the five teams in each pool being cemented, and the likely landing spots for the United States revealed. While certainly no pool in the Rugby World Cup is going to be easy, it appears the USA's best path to success is to actually lose the qualifiers to Canada this summer to avoid the pool of death.
The top-qualifying team out of the... Read More
Rounding out the Eagles' summer schedule is a two-game aggregate World Cup qualifier against rival Canada. The games have been on the books for some time, but the American location and dates for both games have only just been unveiled. Canada will host the opener June 24th at a site to be named, and the USA will host the return match July 1st at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
Whichever team... Read More
Rugby Canada released findings from the report created by its World Cup Review Committee last week, detailing the challenges and positives from the lead-up and competition itself. The review altogether wasn’t revelatory, but even its existence highlighted a difference between the way the Canadian and American unions operate.
"The RWC Review Committee requested that its findings be shared with... 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
After months of silence, embattled former Team USA captain Todd Clever has spoken on his release from the Eagles this summer, adding fuel to a dying fire.
Clever was dropped July 19, the day following the USA’s Pacific Nations Cup test against Samoa. The reason cited for his release from the PNC team was multiple squad violations, which were later revealed as missing two team sessions – on... Read More
Eagle flyhalf AJ MacGinty has earned a contract with Guinness Pro 12 club Connacht. The native Irishman has returned to the Emerald Isle and already joined his new club.
"We’re delighted to welcome AJ to Connacht Rugby," said Connacht CEO Willie Ruane. "He has made a name for himself as a young Irish man playing for USA in the Rugby World Cup but has been doing very well in the States for the... 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
Japan downed the USA 28-18 Sunday in Gloucester, England to round out both teams' World Cup campaigns. The Cherry Blossoms trailed for just two minutes in the contest, and the Eagles were within a score of the Japanese on multiple occasions.
The Americans kicked off to start the game, and a Japanese knock-on gave the Eagles an attacking scrum right away. They secured possession, but a forward... Read More