The countdown to the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship continues. In order to get a sense of what to look for from the USA Eagles in the ARC and beyond, here is a look at some specifics from 2016.
An earlier post looked at the performance of the USA Eagles from the kicking tee in 2016 and at restarts in November. This post looks at tries and penalties for the Eagles in 2016.
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When the USA Eagles play Uruguay in San Antonio this weekend, it will be the start of year two for both John Mitchell and the Americas Rugby Championship. 2016 was not a great year for the Eagles. If the matches against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks and Argentina XV are included, they won three, lost six, and drew one.
Two important factors to how well the Eagles will do in the 2017 ARC and... Read More
Team USA fell 29-25 to Uruguay Saturday in Montevideo, ending its inaugural Americas Rugby Championship campaign on back-to-back losses to teams ranked lower by World Rugby. Two weeks ago, the Eagles were 16th, Uruguay 21st and Brazil 42nd. The loss sees them finish the ARC 2-2-1, with wins over Canada and Chile.
Penalties were an issue for the Eagles all day, as Uruguay pumped five kicks over... Read More
A debutant and the return of several veterans headline the USA's roster for its Americas Rugby Championship Saturday in Montevideo, Uruguay. Eric Fry will start after coming off the bench against Brazil, Titi Lamositele has finally been released from duty with Saracens, and Todd Clever has returned as captain after missing the last match.
The rookie in the starting lineup is Deion Mikesell, who... Read More
Team USA suffered the first loss of the John Mitchell era Saturday, losing 24-23 to Brazil in Sao Paolo. The hosts rode big performances from brothers and halfbacks Moises and Lucas Duque, building an 18-0 halftime lead. The USA stormed back with a 23-3 run in the middle third of the contest, but Brazil answered with a game-winning penalty kick in extra time.
The loss drops the USA to 2-1-1 in... Read More
Lorenzo Thomas and Deion Mikesell were called up to the Americas Rugby Championship literally minutes after debuting for the Men’s Junior All-Americans Saturday in Austin, Texas.
Both the senior men’s national team and the MJAAs beat Canada at Dell Diamond, with the U20s playing right after the ARC tilt, the Eagle coaching staff stuck around to watch the later game and apparently saw enough of... Read More
The United States won its first full-rankings test of the John Mitchell era Saturday, beating Canada 30-22 in front of 7,145 fans at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. The Eagles trailed by five early in the second half, but on the back of three Todd Clever tries stole the momentum and the game.
The win marks the USA’s fourth-straight over Canada, which constitutes its longest ever winning streak... Read More