Saturday, a surging Brazil hopes to recreate the greatest upset in the history of World Rugby’s rankings by defeating a wounded USA at Dell Diamond in Austin, Texas. The Tupis are riding high, having upset Canada, 18-10, before the competition’s mandated bye week. The Eagles are reeling from a 45-14 loss to Argentina XV the same day.
In 2016, 42nd-ranked Brazil defeated 16th-ranked USA, 24-23.... Read More
In the first round of the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship, the USA Eagles romped over Chile. They scored 11 tries while conceding only one. Chile was never in the match. The second-round match against the Argentina XV side was never likely to be start-to-finish domination from the Eagles, but few people saw the 45-14 drubbing coming. Gary Gold named the same side in rounds one and two, with the... Read More
The Argentina XV served the USA a heaping helping of humble pie Saturday, beating the back-to-back Americas Rugby Championship champions 45-14 in a game that wasn’t even that close. Argentina’s onslaught started immediately and didn’t relent until midway through the second half.
The Eagles struggled to tackle on defense, handle the ball in attack, and they never found their footing. A first-half... Read More
Team USA led Chile to the slaughter in their Americas Rugby Championship opener, beating Los Condores 71-8. The Eagles led 38-3 at the half. The emphatic bonus-point win sees them to 1-0 with five points atop the ARC table, where they’ve finished the last two years.
In total, nine Eagles accounted for 11 tries. Upon return from injury, flyhalf AJ MacGinty scored three of them, chipping in six... Read More
Gary Gold has named his most experimental lineup since the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship. That said, it’s still a strong lineup filled with overseas and domestic pros that should be expected to the job done Saturday against Chile. Wing Marcel Brache takes on the captain's role in the absence of injured skipper Blaine Scully.
There’s just one new cap on offer, that of reserve flyhalf Tadhg... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news du jour in American and world rugby. This week, we talk about the 7s USMNT's third-straight silver medal performance in Hamilton, look ahead to Sydney for both the men and women, have quick glance at the USA's ARC opener... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This week, newly-inked Utah Warrior and newly-capped Eagle Gannon Moore talks about his path to international and professional rugby. From Sioux Falls, SD to Southwest Minnesota State football to the Kansas City Blues to PRO Rugby to New Zealand to Utah, it's been a long, winding road for Moore. Also hear about... Read More
Looking at some of the details of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship reveals how and why the USA Eagles were able to win all five matches and reclaim the trophy.
Here are some of the most noteworthy details:
The Eagles both scored the most tries in the tournament and conceded the fewest.
The Eagles were the highest scoring team, overall, in the last 20 minutes of matches.
The Eagles had the... Read More
With a 61-19 win over Uruguay in Montevideo, the Eagles put the finishing touches on their second-straight Americas Rugby Championship title. The win gives them a perfect 5-0 record in the tournament. The USA hasn’t lost in the ARC since 2016, when they last fell to Uruguay.
The win will also see the 18th-ranked Eagles move ahead of 17th-ranked Uruguay in World Rugby’s rankings. Los Teros were... Read More
Heading into the last weekend of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship, if the USA Eagles win, they finish undefeated and win the tournament for the second year in a row. However, a loss to Uruguay will almost certainly allow Argentina XV to claim a second ARC title.
So long as the American scrum does not fall apart, the Eagles should win. Part of what contributes to that "should" is the... Read More