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
The Eagles begin an incredibly busy four-month span Saturday when they take on Samoa at 7 p.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. On paper, the game looks like an uphill climb as the Americans been convened in camp for only a handful of days.
“The biggest thing we’re always trying to do is gain consistency. We have a lot of people that come from different places, and we come from all over... Read More
Head Coach Mike Tolkin has tabbed his 31-man roster for the Pacific Nations Cup, and the biggest change to the team is Chris Wyles taking the captain's baton from Todd Clever. Clever has served as the skipper since after the 2007 World Cup and is the longest-running captain in Eagle history. Blaine Scully was named vice captain.
“Todd has always looked out for the well being of the squad... Read More
Seven games stand between the Eagles and the World Cup. Rugby Canada made the long-rumored August friendly with the Eagles official this week. Add that to four Pacific Nations Cup matches and the Harlequins and Australia games, and you have a great lead-up to the big show.
Also announced this week was the Eagles’ 50-man training squad for the RWC. Putting that list together is somewhat a moot... 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 next five months will be pretty dizzying for the Eagles and their fans. From July 18 through Oct. 11, the men's 15s teams will play 11 matches in a span of about 12 weeks. Don't forget the 7s team will be busy with the Olympic Qualifier in June and the Pan-Am Games in July.
This is obviously a very postitive thing. The team will have an unprecedented amount of assembly time leading into a... Read More
The long-rumored match between the United States and Australia at Soldier Field has been confirmed and announced. The Wallabies will take on the USA Sept. 5 at Chicago's Soldier Field, the site of a record sell-out match between the All Blacks and Eagles last November.
“It is my hope that after a full summer schedule, our squad will be close to peak form, additional matches before the Rugby... Read More
2015 is going to be an incredibly busy year for the men’s Eagles, both 15s and 7s, with the Rugby World Cup in the fall and the Olympic Qualification ongoing through June. We have lined out a rough schedule below.
Impressive in this schedule is the Eagles’ long lead up to the World Cup. In 2011, they had just three full-fledged matches to get ready for the quadrennial tournament. This time around... Read More
USA Rugby announced Thursday its selection of San Francisco as the host city for its 2018 Sevens Rugby World Cup bid. The national governing body will work in concert with the San Francisco Giants, San Jose Earthquakes, and the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee.
“Hosting a Rugby World Cup in the U.S.A. would be a huge boost to the development of the game of rugby in the U.S.A. and support the... Read More
It might seem premature 10 months out, but in reality, the Eagles won’t meet again until July, 2015, so we’ve seen all the rugby the United States will play until they’re just weeks from selection deadline for the Rugby World Cup. You’ll see an initial squad of hopefuls listed, but ultimately, only 30 will get on a plane for England.
The storyline of expanding a World Cup player pool through the... Read More