This was a fun month to be a fan of the Eagles. The men’s fifteens defeat of Scotland was the biggest in the team’s history, and the wins over Russia and Canada were convincing and satisfying. Generally, I struggle with optimism. That is, my eyes see the US national teams in the most positive light possible. That makes imagining things like victories over Scotland easy. And I did imagine it. And... Read More
It’s time to reminisce about my first test match, the time I saw Scotland v. England play in the Calcutta Cup of 1963 at Twickenham. I spotted rugby posters advertising the game in the London Underground, trained to the stadium on Saturday, and paid four-shillings ($.56) for a standing ticket.
Noticing a blue flag unknown to me, I asked what it represented. A nearby standee responded, “Scotland... Read More
(This week’s USA Eagles Test match is against visiting Scotland on Saturday, June 7, in Houston. We examine the history and stats of this great rugby-playing nation.)
Union: Scotland is the second oldest rugby union, founded in 1873.
First International: In 1871, Scotland challenged England to a match played on the cricket grounds of Raeburn Place, Edinburgh. England suited up in white jerseys... Read More