Tickets for the Nov. 1 match between the United States and New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago went on sale to the general public Monday, and USA Rugby is touting that 32,000 have already been sold. There's still plenty of room in the 61,500-seat NFL stadium, but the early wave of sales is notable.
32,000 people at one match would make it the most-attended rugby game on American soil in the... Read More
Saturday, for the second year in a row, the United States National Team played in a depressingly empty StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. 5,100 showed up to watch the Eagles fall 37-29 to Japan on the weekend, and last June 6,000 showed up to watch them lose to Tonga.
The StubHub Center holds 30,510, and making the 17-percent-full stadium look anything other than deserted was an impossible task for... Read More
Danny Barrett earned his first start in just his second-ever appearance in the USA’s 37-29 loss to Japan Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. To match Japan’s fast-paced attack, USA coach Mike Tolkin fielded a nimbler, more athletic side, with five back row players in the starting scrum. That move put Barrett on the field at openside flanker, though he finished at No. 8.
Barrett was first... Read More
Blaine Scully had about as good a game as you can have in a loss Saturday, running in three tries in his native California in a 37-29 deafeat to Japan. With ball in hand, he proved difficult for any one Brave Blossom to bring down, and he worked hard off the ball to put himself in position to capitalize on the breaks of his teammates.
The former Cal Bear and current Leicester Tiger got his... Read More
Japan made it five-straight-wins-in-a-row over the United States with a 37-29 victory Saturday at a largely empty StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. It was an exciting contest throughout, as every time Japan threatened to pull away, the Eagles reeled them back within reach.
Blaine Scully’s play was a highlight, as the Leicester Tiger ran in three tries. He and Chris Wyles connected well on the day... Read More
The Eagles are 0-3 in the newly minted Pacific Nations Cup, having lost to Canada, Tonga and Japan last spring. With only two PNC games this year, the Eagles’ opportunities to get in the win column are limited.
“We’re definitely cognizant of the fact that as a team we need to step up and improve, specifically in this tournament. The first time around in this competition was not our best... Read More
Is he big enough? Can he play with the same physicality on the international level? These are the questions people asked about Seamus Kelly from the time he was a high school standout at Xavier on through his illustrious career at Cal.
With another workmanlike performance against Scotland Saturday, Kelly continues to answer with a resounding yes. Dislodging balls, decleating opponents and... Read More
Eagle lock Tai Tuisamoa has signed on with the London Scottish of the Greene King IPA Championship, England's second-division pro league. He'll join his new team after the June tests.
"We wanted to go out and find some big physical boys in the off season, and we are excited to see what Tai can bring to the group," said Scottish coach James Buckland. "He is late to high level rugby but I think... Read More
Think back to June 2010. Eddie O’Sullivan was the head coach, and the Eagles were playing in the Churchill Cup. With the World Cup looming about 15 months away, and less than a couple of handfuls of tests for him to evaluate his personnel ahead of the big event, O’Sullivan mixed and matched lineups throughout the month.
That’s not what current coach Mike Tolkin is going to do in the same spot... Read More
USA coach Mike Tolkin, Eagle captain Todd Clever and Scotland coach Vern Cotter and his scrumhalf Greg Laidlaw address the media after Scotland's 24-6 win over the USA at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.