Team USA has ticked off another first, reaching back-to-back gold-medal matches for the first time in program history. They did so with a 31-14 defeat of New Zealand in the semifinals Sunday in Cape Town, avenging the only two losses of the season.
Awaiting the USA in the final is Fiji, which beat host South Africa at the death in the other semifinal. The Eagles beat Fiji 24-14 in last week’s... Read More
Team USA made it four-from-four in Cape Town with a 19-12 defeat of England in Sunday’s quarterfinals. The win sees the Eagles to the semifinals for the second-straight tournament, where they’ll face New Zealand, the only team to beat them this season.
The semifinal didn’t start well for the USA, which conceded an English try in the opening minute. Martin Iosefo took a stiff-arm to the chest,... Read More
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Chris Mattina left New York to chase one dream, and he’s returned to go after another. After spending a year with the USA 7s team, the pull of playing professional 15s in his hometown proved too strong to ignore, as Mattina traded a full-time contract with the 7s Eagles for one with upstart Rugby United New York of the MLR.
His rugby journey... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this episode, Eagles from both the 15s and 7s teams discuss their new homes in Major League Rugby. Cam Dolan is settling in with the NOLA Gold following a big year for the 15s Eagles, and Chris Mattina just returned home to New York in time for the holidays and RUNY's inaugural season.
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Team USA opened its Olympic qualification campaign with a silver-medal performance in Dubai, accruing a 4-2 record with both losses coming to champ New Zealand. The Eagles defeated Fiji in the quarterfinals and Australia in the semis before falling to the All Blacks in the final, 21-5.
The result is the USA's best-ever start to a season. The previous high mark was a third-place finish in 2015. If... Read More
It wasn’t pretty, but the Eagles are onto the gold-medal match at Dubai 7s with a thrilling 22-17 win over Australia. The Americans jumped out to a 12-0 lead, then conceded 17-straight points before Danny Barrett scored the walk-off try two-and-a-half minutes into extra time.
The win puts the USA into the final against New Zealand at 10:29 a.m. ET. The All Blacks delivered the Eagles their only... Read More
After going 2-1 on day one, the USA women went 1-2 on day two to finish fourth in Dubai. The result sees the Eagles fall one spot in the rankings to third, with Canada leapfrogging to second having collected silver in Dubai.
The day started well enough with a 12-10 win over France, but World Rugby 7s Player of the Year Michaela Blyde ended gold medal hopes with a hattrick in New Zealand’s 22-0... Read More
In their second game of the tournament, Team USA defeated Wales 33-12, clinching a spot in Saturday's quarterfinals. There was a power outage at the stadium, so there was no broadcast of the match and no scoring details are available via World Rugby.
The win setup a pool final with also undefeated New Zealand, a game in which the Eagles never got out of the starting blocks. The Eagles ran into... Read More
Five tries saw Team USA past Spain, 29-0, in Friday’s season opener in Dubai. The last two players to lead the World Series in tries, Carlin Isles (‘17/18) and Perry Baker (‘16/17), kicked off the race for top billing in the new season with a combined three scores in the win.
Danny Barrett struck first two minutes in after a Spanish penalty allowed Folau Niua to unleash his cannon with a kick to... Read More
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