The first-place Eagles return to action Jan. 25 in Hamilton, New Zealand, and head coach Mike Friday has named a 13-man squad to make the trip. He’ll finalize a 12-man roster, designating one as injury replacement, before the start of the tournament.
The team is largely unchanged, with Matai Leuta being the only man missing from consecutive silver-medal performances to start the season. He was... Read More
LAFAYETTE, CO. - The U.S. Men's National Team (15s) has selected a full squad of 35-players for the annual Americas Rugby Championship 2019 (ARC) kicking off on Saturday, Feb 2.
Entering the tournament as reigning two-time champions, the Eagles will open the round-robin competition on the road against Chile and Argentina XV before coming home to play Brazil, Uruguay and rival-Canada. Of the five... Read More
Samu Manoa's time with the Cardiff Blues has come to an end, as the club has granted the 33-year-old forward a compassionate release. Manoa signed with Cardiff in July, started the season late due to a lingering injury, played sparingly for the Blues, as well as the Eagles during the November tests, and has returned to his home in California.
Manoa signed his first international contract with... Read More
The New England Patriots named former Eagle Nate Ebner the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award Thursday. The honor is bestowed annually upon an inspirational player from each team who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship. He and the other 31 recipients will receive their award at a ceremony in March in Baltimore, where the namesake of the trophy worked as an athletic... 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. On this week's episode, the guys discuss the weekend of rivalry games in the Pro 14 and a dust-up between Ireland's flyhalves, Greg Peterson's move to France, some observations from the... Read More
They all have it. Like a class openside flanker launches a shoulder into a meaty hip, grappling the ball carrier to the ground only to spring up instantly, readying for another go with no regard for oxygen supply, trailblazers, pioneers and people compelled to do what no one has before, are driven by a supernatural tenacity.
Phil Knight struggled to secure loans and flirted with going out of... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. 56-cap Louis Stanfill comes on to reminisce about his three World Cup appearances, playing for accomplished coaches at Cal, NYAC and with the USA, the advances within the USNMT, playing Major League Rugby, Jiu Jitsu, and growing HS rugby in NorCal.
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Three of Team USA’s World Cup warm-up fixtures have been cemented for next summer, with the Eagles set to take on Canada, Fiji and Japan. They’ll host just one of those matches, July 27 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. against Canada.
The road fixtures are Aug. 3 against Samoa and Aug. 10 against Japan in Suva, Fiji. The matches are part of the rehabbed “Pacific Nations Cup”, which has taken... Read More
You’ve all heard it. After being stuffed repeatedly, a scrum or lineout inside the attacking 22 provides a rare scoring opportunity. To make sure the sense of occasion isn’t lost or wasted, someone points out the newfound proximity to the try line, hoping to inspire hyper focus.
After 42 years of hard yards, the ‘look where we are’ moment for American rugby has arrived. The men’s Eagles have... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. Newly signed Glendale Raptor Malon Al-Jiboori comes on to talk about the next chapter of his career. From HSAAs and U20s through Lindenwood and USA 7s, Malon discusses it all. We also discuss the powerhouse Tulsa Union program, where Malon got his start, being the middle brother in a rugby family, and being... Read More