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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, they’ll have seven in a span of about two months. Coupled with a South American tour for the domestic players in the spring, the 15s team will have an unprecedented amount of assembly time.

The resurgence of the Pacific Nations Cup is largely to thank for the increase in matches. Since it’s a World Rugby event, much of the cost is picked up, giving USA Rugby, along with the other participant federations, four very important games at a bargain.

In addition to the Pacific Nations Cup, the Eagles will play a home-and-away series with Canada, as well as a third test against an opponent to be determined. Australia is reportedly interested in a match in Chicago after the All Blacks’ successful trip State side, and if that doesn’t work out, a duel with a Premiership team may be on offer. Either would probably slot in after the Canadian doubleheader in either August or September. 

A new addition to the annual schedule is a forwards-only camp set for next month. This will be for domestic forwards with an emphasis toward the set pieces, and specialist coaches are expected to be brought in.

For the 7s team, it’s all about Olympic Qualification. The way the 7s World Series Standings look right now, the United States and Canada will be battling for one ticket to Rio at the NACRA Olympic qualifier in June, which is slated to be held in the United States. 

After the NACRA qualifier, all hands will be on deck for the World Cup through October. 

For players that vacillate between both 15s and 7s, this is a hectic schedule. Unless special dispensation is worked out, it almost eliminates European pros from being able to help the 7s team win the NACRA qualifier. European clubs, depending on how far they go in the playoffs, could be active through the end of May, giving 15s pros little time to be folded into the 7s setup.

The door will swing the other way, though. Folau Niua, Andrew Durutalo, Zack Test, Danny Barrett and other 7s Eagles will have no barriers between them and the summer tests or the World Cup.   

MonthXVs Eagles7s Eagles
JANUARY
Forwards campFalcons Tour to South America
FEBRUARY
Domestic Camp6-7 7WS Wellington
13-15 7WS USA Sevens
MARCH
27-29 7WS Hong Kong
APRIL
South American tour for non-pros4-5 7WS Tokyo
MAY
South American tour for non-pros9-10 7WS Glasgow
16-17 7WS London
JUNE
NACRA Olympic Qualifier
JULY
18 PNC vs. Samoa
24 PNC vs. Japan
29 PNC vs. Tonga
AUGUST
2 PNC vs. TBD
Test vs. Canada
Test vs. Canada
SEPTEMBER
Test vs. TBD (Australia? Could be in Aug)
20 RWC vs. Samoa
27 RWC vs. Scotland
OCTOBER
7 RWC vs. South Africa
11 RWC vs. Japan