Despite picking up two yellow cards and leaking three tries during two power plays, the Eagles defeated Australia 22-17 in their pool finale Saturday in Dubai. The result sees them finish second in Pool B and advance to the quarterfinals, where they’ll meet France, which finished second in Pool C behind Canada and ahead of Fiji and Spain.
Kris Thomas opened scoring for the USA inside the first... Read More
Team USA opened with a 1-1 record Friday in Dubai, shutting out China 31-0 in the opening match before falling at the death to England by a conversion. The results set up an all-important pool finale against Australia, also 1-1 against China and England.
In the opening match, Abby Gustaitis and Ilona Maher dotted down in the first half to put the USA up 10-0 at the break, and debutant Ashlee... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news u jour in American and world rugby. The pilot episode includes a deep dive into the USA's sterling 2018 campaign, the autumn internationals, some goings on with the RFU and Gallagher Premiership, as well as the men's and... Read More
In January 2001, at Mar del Plata, Argentina, the USA were ranked 24th out of the 24 teams competing in the third, Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament. The Eagles qualified for the event by finishing third in the prior Americas Qualifiers, held the previous May in Santiago, Chile.
Before the trip, the team received a spate of disappointing news starting with the resignation of Coach Tommy Smith.... Read More
For the first time in ten matches, Fiji beat France 21-14, the game played at the Stade de France, Paris. Professional rugby in France's Top 14 employs ten of the 23 Fijian squad, a bitter irony for rugby in France.
The Fijians, acknowledged masters of the sevens game, fly under world rugby's radar as a fifteen's squad. But these South Sea Islanders are ranked in the top ten, and now eighth for... Read More
For the second week in a row, Gary Gold's Eagles have broken the USA's all-time record for highest World Rugby ranking. The USA climbed to 13th last week off the back of a 9-0 test record, and Monday they moved up to 12th despite falling to No. 2 Ireland Saturday, 57-14.
The previous high mark was 14th, but that’s where the USA debuted when the rankings were rolled out in 2003. It took a few... Read More
Ireland’s Johnny Sexton and France’s Jessy Trémoulière have been named World Rugby Men’s and Women’s 15s Player of the Year 2018 in association with Mastercard respectively at the World Rugby Awards in Monte Carlo on Sunday.
On a night to remember in the presence of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and greats of the game past and present, the rugby family celebrated some outstanding... Read More
Canada went 3-0 in the initial World Rugby repechage tournament to determine the 20th and final qualifier for the Japan 2019 Rugby World. Cup. The Canadians defeated Kenya, Germany, and Hong Kong in Marseille, France.
The win advanced Canada into their ninth RWC, meaning the country has played in all past eight events along with the major rugby-playing nations.
Canada won 27-10 against Hong Kong... Read More
Starting at the end of January, the Pacific Rugby Premiership returns for the second year of its comeback. Five of the six teams from last season are back pitting the best of west coast men’s DI club competition against each other. Belmont Shore, OMBAC, Santa Monica, SFGG, and Life West return to the PRP while the Glendale Merlins replaced Olympic Club for the 2019 season.
“Last season was year... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this episode, USA 7s head coaches Chris Brown & Mike Friday come on to talk about fast food and their respective programs ahead of Dubai 7s. Both are trying to qualify for Tokyo 2020. Brown talks about learning more about his new team and the challenge of qualifying for the Olympics. Friday talks about... Read More