The final match of the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship was the tournament decider. Both Argentina XV and the USA Eagles entered the match 4-0, and both were on the right side of gaudy point differentials. And the sides tied in Houston last year to open the ARC. This year’s match was another tie, 27-27. However, USA is the tournament winner via bonus points.
The match was a scrappy, intense... Read More
Things went just about as well for the USA Men on Friday in Las Vegas as they could have. They are all-but through to the cup quarterfinals after two wins from two matches, beating Samoa 24-12 and Chile 31-0.
Danny Barrett was one of the standouts tonight. He scored three tries against Samoa and another against Chile. “It might be the best I’ve ever played,” said Barrett, in a manner that... Read More
In their second match at the Las Vegas 7s, the USA Women faced Spain. Both Spain and USA entered the match 0-1, with USA losing to Ireland and Spain falling to Fiji. The Eagles played a strong second half and won 22-7.
USA regathered Alev Kelter’s opening kick and were immediately in Spain’s 22. Kelly Griffin went to the short side from a ruck and passed to Katherine Zackary who went into the try... Read More
The Las Vegas 7s opened with the USA Women taking on Ireland. Ireland came back from a second half deficit and won 24-21.
After the first two rounds of the Women’s World Series, the USA entered the weekend in sixth place in the standings, but with momentum from a cup finals appearance at the last stop in Sydney. Ireland were in ninth place, though they have shown the ability to beat anyone and... Read More
The USA Eagles have won four matches in a row. In three of those matches, they’ve exceeded 50 points. I am someone who does not need a lot of reason to get excited, and if I just leave the door open a crack, my optimism comes pouring out.
Every time I am swept up in an optimism flood, I get worried. Are these wins progress, or just a nice blip? All of the matches, after all, have been against... Read More
At the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo outside of Santiago, Chile hosted USA in Round Four of the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship. The Eagles secured the result they needed—a bonus point win that keeps them on target for the chance to win the ARC. The final score was 57-9.
In contrast to the sharp start last weekend against Canada, USA opened the match in a relatively sloppy, if ambitious,... Read More
In the third round of the Americas Rugby Championship, Canada hosted USA at Swangard Stadium Burnaby, British Columbia. The Eagles secured another bonus point win, 51-34.
The Eagles started well and scored two tries in the first six minutes. While Canada did have several strong passages, the Eagles never gave up the lead.
Mike Te’o handed Phil Mack’s first box kick cleanly, giving USA possession... Read More
USA Rugby’s Congress assembles this weekend in Austin, Texas, and two expected hot topics are PRO Rugby and the performance of the national governing body’s Board of Directors.
The former makes sense because this is the first Congress assembly since the uncovering of PRO’s horde of unpaid employees and vendors, and the latter because some well-known members of the rugby community have been... Read More
The countdown to the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship continues. In order to get a sense of what to look for from the USA Eagles in the ARC and beyond, here is a look at some specifics from 2016.
An earlier post looked at the performance of the USA Eagles from the kicking tee in 2016 and at restarts in November. This post looks at tries and penalties for the Eagles in 2016.
The Eagles... Read More
Playing in San Sebastian, Spain at Estadio Anoeta, Tonga took an early lead and was able to hang on in the second half to defeat the USA Eagles, 20-17.
In an echo of last week’s match against Romania, the Eagles started slowly and, despite “winning” the second half, could not overcome that slow start.
There were plenty of signs of worry for the Eagles early as poor territorial kicking gave Tonga... Read More