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
Mike Tolkin has named his side for the USA's final World Cup match Sunday against Japan. The lineup includes nearly wholesale changes from Wednesday's South Africa loss, but looks a lot like the teams which took on Samoa and Scotland.
Blaine Scully will miss his first game of the World Cup. After starting the first three contests, he's not in the 23-man roster for Sunday. Zack Test will fill in... Read More
It happened. Head coach Mike Tolkin traded a chance at a competitive game with South Africa for a better chance of winning the USA’s final match of the Rugby World Cup Sunday against Japan, knowing annihilation at the hands of the Springboks was a potential consequence.
The Eagles acquitted themselves well for 40 minutes but were dismantled in the second half, falling 64-0. It’s a historic loss... Read More
50 second-half points saw the Springboks beat the United States 64-0 Wednesday at Olympic Park in London. The USA kept the game competitive the first 40 minutes, conceding just two scores to the heavily favored Springboks, but the floodgates opened after intermission.
The USA’s best chances to get on the board were missed penalty kicks by Folau Niua in the third minute and Niku Kruger in the 15th... Read More
USA head coach Mike Tolkin is emptying his bench against South Africa, putting everyone in the 31-man World Cup roster who hasn’t seen action yet on the menu for tomorrow’s clash with the mighty Springboks. The move is in an effort to keep legs fresh for a more winnable contest against Japan on Sunday, and it’s stirred mixed reactions.
South Africa, nipped by Japan in the largest upset in World... 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