Eight years ago this month Takudzwa Ngwenya scored the most famous try in American rugby history. After a Todd Clever interception made its way through the hands of Alec Parker and Mike Hercus, the relatively unknown winger stepped and outraced South Africa’s Bryan Habana, widely considered the fastest man in rugby at the time, to score on the game’s biggest stage – the Rugby World Cup.
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In their final tune-up before the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the USA Eagles fell to the Australian Wallabies 47-10 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The Eagles kept it close in the first half with a try from Mike Petri, but a lot of mistakes and turnovers cost them in the second half, as most of those blunders led directly to Wallabies points.
The Wallabies got out to a strong start, as they put continuous... Read More
Mike Tolkin has named about as strong a side as his roster allows for Saturday's pre-Rugby World Cup clash with Australia at Chicago's Soldier Field. One quirk within the lineup sees Wyles start at wing instead of fullback, where he's been a stalwart for the Eagles for several years. Blaine Scully will don the 15 jersey.
Wyles is known by his professional club Saracens for versatility, switching... Read More
Matt Trouville has replaced an injured Scott LaValla on the World Cup roster. LaValla fractured his elbow in training Wednesday, two days after being named to the USA's 31-man squad for the upcoming festivities, ruling him out for longer than the duration of the World Cup.
Trouville was not a part of the Eagles plans most of the summer, not being named to the Pacific Nations Cup 31-man squad or... Read More
One of the major takeaways from the series of summer tests, including Saturday's loss to the Harlequins, was AJ MacGinty’s presence at flyhalf. While the Irish-born product and current Life rugby standout struggled with the boot a bit on the weekend, his continued development as the orchestrator of the offense has the coaching staff and opponents singing his praises.
“AJ MacGinty played very good... Read More
While at the Elite City 7s in Philadelphia, Todd Clever got the call to join a team for a match Saturday. As we know now, with the USA's roster for the World Cup being released sans the former captain, the call wasn't regarding the Eagles match with Australia at Soldier Field. It was to join the famous Barbarians in their match against the Worcester Warriors.
After picking up some injuries and... Read More
With the Rugby World Cup roster deadline tomorrow, the Harlequins match provided Mike Tolkin and staff their last opportunity to determine the 31-man World Cup roster for the upcoming tournament in England.
Tolkin refused to disclose specifics about the status of the World Cup roster other than to say the roster would be out tomorrow. He did, however, indicate that today’s match with the... Read More
The Eagles beat Canada 41-23 at Twin Elms Rugby Park in Ottawa Saturday, constituting the USA’s first-ever winning streak over their northern neighbors. The Eagles had recorded back-to-back wins over Canada four times coming into the game, but not until Saturday did they ever win three in a row.
Canada had spells of ascendency at the beginning of both halves, and the hosts took the lead four... Read More