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1977 TEST - PHOTO CREDIT - BILL CUNNINGHAM

May 21, 1977: Canada 17 – US 6

The historic North American rugby competition between the Eagles and Canada began in 1977 in Swangard Stadium, Vancouver, BC, played in front of an unexpectedly large crowd of 6,000 spectators. (See photo of teams, the Canadians in red, USA in blue). The Rugby Magazine reporter described the match as “scrappy,” although he indicated the Eagles demonstrated a lack-luster offense. Of historic note, it was Canada’s first international rugby test victory in 45-years. The more seasoned and experienced home XV dominated the scrum and the lineouts. Rugby Magazine’s editor, Ed Hagerty’s headline captured the thought of the day: ‘U.S. EXPECTATIONS: TOO MUCH TOO SOON.”

US Side:  Andrews, Bordley, Brown, Causey, Cooke. Grey, Hanson, Guest, Henderson,. Jablonksi, Kelso, Klein, Liscovitz, Lombard, Moler, Morrison, Selfridge, Sherlock, Stephenson, Sweeney (c), and Wack. Keith Seaber, Coach.

Canada Side: Bauer, Billingsly, Carson, Chung, Collins, Dandy, Eburne, Eckhardt, Foster. Gonis, Goodyear, Grant, Greig, Hindson, Luke, McTavish, Nouleette, Street, Walt, Whyte, Wiley (c), and DeGoede. Preston Wiley and Don Spence, Coaches

August 26, 2003: US 35 – Canada 20

At these Pan Am games in Buenos Aires, the Eagles dominated their arch-rival with four tries to two, on route to a convincing fifteen-point win. This marked the second US win against Canada in 2003, coming after two Rugby World Cup losses in 2002. Outstanding play came from #8, Dan Lyle, who attained his 40th cap, and who controlled the lineouts. At half time, the Eagles led 20-6. Fly-half Mike Hercus was high scorer with a try, three conversions, a dropped goal, and two penalty kicks.

US 1-15: MacDonald. Khasigian, Dorsey, Parker, Gross, Schubert, Hodgson, Lyle (c),  Dalzell, Hercus, Van Zyl, Cross, Eloff, Fee, and Emerick. Also, Wyatt, Liddington, Klerck, Gouws, Sherman, Keyter, and Timoteo, Tom Billips, Coach

Canada 1-15: Tkachuk, Lawson, Thiel, Yukes, James (c), Reid, Van Staveren, Jackson, Fairhurst, Barker, Stanley, Cannon, King, Fauth, and Pritchard. Also, Dunkley, Snow, Cooke, Douglas, Williams, Smith, and Witkowski, Dave Clark, Coach

August 20, 2006: Canada 56 – US 7

In foggy and raw weather conditions in St. John’s Newfoundland in front of 5,000 fans, the Canadians achieved the biggest win of the series by trouncing the Eagles 56-7. One salient reason for the large margin can be attributed to then emerging professionalism of the home side where fifteen of the thirty played overseas. After that 2006 games, the Canadians would go 8-1 against the Eagles, the USA’s sole victory 12-6 coming in Charleston, SC in 2009.

US 1-15: MacDonald, Wyatt, Osentowski, Parker, Mangan, Clever, Stencel, Shubert (c), Kjar, Hercus, Emerick, Tuipolotu, Eloff, Barnard, and Viljoen. Also, Bell, Vitale, Russell, Stanfill, Lawrence, Erskine, Esikia, and Peter Thorburn, Coach.

Canada 1-15: Tkachuk, Riordin, Snow, James, Tait, Cudmore, McKeen, Stephen, Williams (c), Monro, Menash-Colker, Spicer, Smith, Pritchard, and Pyke. Also, Lawson, Pletch, Cooke, Yukes, Webb, Fairhurst, Daypuck, and Rick Suggit, Coach.

(Rugby Today thanks Canadian Doug Sturrock for his generous historical recording.)

Reminder: USA vs Canada, Saturday, June 21 at 3 p.m. (PCT) – Bonney Field, Sacramento – Television: Universal Sports Network