The USA Women's Eagles coaching staff has identified 44 athletes for its Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 player pool.
Head Coach Pete Steinberg has used the shortened "quadrennial" between the 2014 World Cup in France and thi August's tournament in Ireland to build a squad that is both young and experienced, awarding more than a dozen new caps in that timeframe in just eight... Read More
The Eagles Women’s Sevens squad produced a near perfect Sydney tournament, earning the silver medal after losing to Canada in the Cup final. The Canadian win marked that country’s third sevens circuit victory.
From the Down Under final in the Rio Olympics last August when Australia defeated New Zealand, to this year’s Dubai Cup final when the same two teams met with the Black Ferns on top, all... Read More
Allianz Stadium in Sydney was packed with local fans who had come to see the nation's Women's Olympic sevens champions play rival New Zealand for the gold medal. The Kiwis defeated the Wallaroos in Dubai, the first tournament on the World Rugby HSBC circuit, and Australia sought revenge.
The Aussie fans did view this two nations' match, but shock of shocks, surprise of surprises, it was for the... Read More
They'll have these moments to remember; USA Women upset New Zealand 19-12 and move into the Cup final to play either Canada or Australia for the gold medal in the Sydney Sevens.
The prolific scoring duo of Captain Kelter and Tapper added three more tries to their tournament tally, which, at one point mounted a 19-0 lead by the Eagles. Kelter's second try came from a crafty pass from Carlyle.
The... Read More
The rejuvenated and confident USA Women defeated Ireland to advance into the medal round at the Sydney Sevens. Displaying stout defense, the Eagles prevailed 17-5, after a 5-5 half time tie.
Again, the USA offense relied on Tapper (two tries) and Kelter (one) to score three tries total. Kelter made one of three conversions.
But the key was defense, not allowing the Irish to move the ball and... Read More
The USA Women moved into the Sydney Sevens quarter final round with victories over England and Spain and a loss to Russia. The 2-1 record placed them second in the pool, won by Russia. which went 3-0 in the first round.
The opening game against Russia saw the Eagles up 5-0. But their opponents exploited defensive lapses and tied the match at five all. The Lady Bears moved the ball from side to... Read More
The second round of the now six-city HSBC World Rugby Women’s 7s 2016/2017 season continues this weekend in Sydney, the event to be played before the Men’s tournament. Co-favorites are those traditional rivals, host nation, Australia (The Wallaroos) and New Zealand (Black Ferns). The New Zealanders won the gold medal in Dubai in the first event of the circuit.
These same two squads also met in... Read More
In 2009, a Women’s Nations Cup (WNC) took place in Toronto as a tune up to the Women’s Rugby World Cup scheduled for 2010. Five nations participated: England, Canada, France, USA, and South Africa.
The USA finished second behind England, which won its second WNC in a row. The Eagles ended with a 2-1-1 result, including wins over Canada (15-10), South Africa (39-0), a tie with France (15-15), and... Read More
USA Rugby is in a tight spot financially at the moment. The national office has never been mistaken for Scrooge McDuck’s money pit in the past, but the national governing body is especially lean this year. CEO Dan Payne has talked openly about it, saying they’re starting 2017 about a million dollars in the red.
The stated reasons are the bankruptcy of kit sponsor BLK and the plummeting European... Read More
In 2006, the Women’s Eagles went 4-1 in that year’s Rugby World Cup in Edmonton, Canada but failed to advance into the medal round, finishing fifth. In these 12-team events, only four nations move on to the semi-finals, and, even though the Eagles went 2-1 in pool play, it was insufficient as points differential relegated them to a lower bracket.
England shut out the USA 18-0 in the pool opener... Read More