Four games next month, five in the Americas Rugby Championship next spring, and three or four more over the summer are all that separate the Eagles from their World Cup opener Sept. 26, 2019 at 6:45 a.m. ET at Kobe Misaki Stadium. With the countdown to Japan subtly ticking in the back of their minds, the Eagles assembled in Chicago Wednesday.
Not everyone is there. The overseas pros with club... Read More
Many of you are probably jetlagged, hungover or otherwise still reeling from a frenetic three days of World Cup rugby in San Francisco. Like Haz, I was seemingly one of few American rugby diehards unable to attend, so the only thing still haunting me is the image seared into my brain by New Zealand’s shorts.
Those things were tighter than the try zones at AT&T Park. So tight, in fact, Kurt... Read More
When head coach Mike Friday first sat down with a calendar in preparation for Rio 2016, he knew his players would have a long, intense run of training and playing leading into the Olympics, which would be separated from 7s’ other major quadrennial, the World Cup, by an insufficiently short couple of seasons. The World Cup would also be sandwiched on the other end by Olympic qualification and... Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Under the direction of team medical staff, Alev Kelter will remain out of competition for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. Kelter has been continuing recovery from an injury sustained during the 2017-18 season and will continue to support the group from the bench throughout the tournament.
In her stead, Kelsi Stockert has been activated and will travel to San Francisco tomorrow.... Read More
During the February USA Rugby Board of Directors meeting, Dan Payne informed the leadership group that he will step down as Chief Executive Officer in July 2018, following the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
"Knowing the time and travel this position requires and our union deserves," said Payne, "balanced against my responsibility and desire to be present for the formative years of my... Read More
The inaugural Silicon Valley Sevens gets under way Saturday and Sunday in San Jose, Calif. Not only will the occasion mark the return of international sevens competition to the golden state, it will see one of the sport’s true powerhouse nations make its first trip to the United States to compete in the short code.
Fans of Irish rugby will have a lot to look forward to. The past year has proven... Read More
The John Mitchell era of American rugby is officially over, as he’s left to take over the Blue Bulls of Super Rugby. Mitchell took the helm in January, 2016. In 16 international tests, the Eagles went 8-7-1 under Mitchell, making him the first men’s Eagles coach to end his time with a winning test record. Including two draws with Argentina XV and a loss at the hands of the Maori All Blacks, his... Read More
Team USA beat Canada 52-16 Saturday at Torero Stadium in San Diego to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Tokyo. The Eagle had to just win by a single point, but hammered the win home in captain Todd Clever’s final international match. The spoils are a meeting with England, Argentina, France and a team from Oceania in Tokyo.
The United States put on the pressure early, getting inside the... Read More
Todd Clever gets the nod at blindside flanker for his final international match Saturday at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif. Clever's swan song will decide if the Eagles qualify for the Rugby World Cup as Americas 1, or if they have to face Uruguay in the next stage of qualification. Winner takes all.
Brought into a lineup for the first time this summer is Madison Hughes, who starts at... Read More
John Mitchell has four games left on his plate before taking off for South Africa, or before he stops commuting to America from his home in South Africa, you might say. It was announced Thursday that Mitchell would leave USA Rugby after less than two years at the helm to coach the Blue Bulls of Super Rugby.
The move doesn’t come as a surprise, as Mitchell had been linked to multiple jobs over the... Read More