No one knows exactly where the tipping point is, but we’re getting closer to finding out. Someday, enough people will have paid to attend rugby games, tournaments and events to cause the professionalization of rugby in America. What that professionalization will look like isn’t clear, either. I’ll get to that.
But this summer will be a great litmus test for America’s ability to support... Read More
Zack Test suffered a severe ankle sprain in the Cup Quarterfinal against Australia Sunday in Glasgow, which kept him on the sideline for the duration of the tournament. It will most likely also keep him out of the World Series finale in London this weekend.
“I’m not going to take any risks, because we’ve got a big tournament in four or five weeks,” said head coach Mike Friday.
“It’s immensely... Read More
The next five months will be pretty dizzying for the Eagles and their fans. From July 18 through Oct. 11, the men's 15s teams will play 11 matches in a span of about 12 weeks. Don't forget the 7s team will be busy with the Olympic Qualifier in June and the Pan-Am Games in July.
This is obviously a very postitive thing. The team will have an unprecedented amount of assembly time leading into a... Read More
The long-rumored match between the United States and Australia at Soldier Field has been confirmed and announced. The Wallabies will take on the USA Sept. 5 at Chicago's Soldier Field, the site of a record sell-out match between the All Blacks and Eagles last November.
“It is my hope that after a full summer schedule, our squad will be close to peak form, additional matches before the Rugby... Read More
There’s just one tournament left in the 2015/2016 7s World Series, and the first chapter of the Olympic qualification story is almost entirely unfolded. Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa officially clinched their bids to the Rio Games.
The fourth spot on offer via the World Series is still technically up for grabs, with England having a stranglehold only Australia has a chance to undo. England... Read More
The Eagles’ Glasgow campaign ended with a 24-19 loss to England in the battle for third place. The match wasn’t as close as the score would indicate, as England had the result in hand the whole time having led 24-0 until midway through the second half.
An interesting starting group took the field for the Eagles, with Andrew Durutalo, Matai Leuta and Garrett Bender in the scrum, Nate Augspurger at... Read More
The United States' Cup hopes were dashed with a 19-5 loss to Fiji in the semifinals Sunday. Without leading scorer Zack Test, injured in the quarterfinal win over Australia, the Eagles went stride for stride with Fiji through the first 10 minutes before some key mistakes mounted against them.
The match’s first try in the opening minute was a result of Fiji getting away with a clear knock-on. A... Read More
A pair of long-distance individual efforts put the Eagles over the top against Australia, 14-7, in the Cup Quarterfinals Sunday in Glasgow. The win secures the USA its second Plate Semifinal of the season where Fiji awaits.
Australia got on the board first too quickly and too easily, with Australia going one touch line to the other without much in the movement, but Pama Fou simply made Andrew... Read More
Day one in Glasgow was a mixed bag for the United States, with a worrying 40-0 loss to Canada to open the day and a couple of big wins to secure a record fifth Cup Quarterfinal appearance on the season. The 2-1 record was good enough for second in the pool, setting the Eagles up with a quarterfinal match with Australia Sunday at 4:48 a.m. ET
In the day's opener, Canada held onto possession for... Read More