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.
Listen to the full episode here
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
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 the third episode, Jake and Pat discuss the European Club Championships, Team USA picking up a second consecutive silver medal and No. 1 ranking in Cape Town, Global Rapid Rugby, and we... Read More
Sunday, Team USA finished second in Cape Town, winning its second silver medal in as many tournaments to move into first-place in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings for the first time ever. 20-percent of the way through the season, the Eagles are in pole position to finish in the top four and punch their ticket to Tokyo 2020 as a high seed.
Let’s go back a few months. The Eagles just... Read More
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
(Listen to the full interview with Chris Mattina here)
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