The United States has moved up in IRB's world rankings after its 27-17 defeat of Romania. Stuck at 18th for nearly 17 months, the Eagles jumped over Romania and Canada to 16th Monday, having beaten both countries this year.
The Eagles haven't been ranked this high since June 2013. They tumbled from 16th to 17th after losing to Ireland June 8, 2013, and from 17th to 18th after losing to Japan and... Read More
The United States scored a 27-17 win over Romania in Bucharest Saturday. Though the Oaks dominated in the set pieces and were tough up front, the Eagles were better out wide, evidenced by their tries all coming from the back three. The Americans also enjoyed a great kicking day. Flyhalf Adam Siddall slotted three touch line conversions and a penalty in the win, and scrumhalf Mike Petri added a... Read More
I’ve had too many discussions with rugby people I respect to not write this column. Most recently, I’ve debated the merits of really focusing on 7s with coaches from a few of the country’s top college programs, and I’ve walked away with the same sense – that there remains neither enough respect for nor emphasis on the game of 7s. I even had the coach of a program that's seen its best recent... Read More
(This article originally stated Wyles wasn't selected for dutywith Saracens. That was incorrect, as he was named Friay to Saracens' Sunday roster.)
While the United States has four uncapped players in its match-day roster for Saturday's full rankings test against Romania, which sits two spots ahead of the Eagles, several capped players are left with a weekend off. Saracens' Chris Wyles, Hayden... Read More
The report card isn’t in on the USA vs. All Blacks game. The final score is, a resounding 74-6 win for New Zealand. And the attendance is final – there was every bit of 61,500 in Soldier Field Saturday. The TV ratings will be tabulated before long, as will the final take from ticket and merchandise sales for USA Rugby. But the long-term impact of the monumental match isn’t clear.
Nonetheless,... Read More
New Zealand beat the United States 74-6 Saturday in front of a sold out crowd at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Eagles were competitive for the first 20 minutes, stringing together some probing continuity and avoiding danger areas like the scrum and a kicking battle. However, once the flood gates opened, the All Blacks ran away with the contest.
The United States started on its back foot and... Read More
Well, Saturday’s almost here. The most anticipated game in American rugby history is hours from kickoff, and everyone from Charleston to Chuckanut and Watertown to West Texas who’s heard the word ruck before, is giddy.
The All Blacks are stoked to play in an NFL stadium on American soil in front of a largely new television audience. For USA rugby, this is a massive opportunity to pry open doors... Read More
Six Eagles will see their November tours come to an end Saturday. Cam Dolan, Eric Fry, Samu Manoa, Blaine Scully, Hayden Smith and Chris Wyles had their availability for the November matches against Tonga, Fiji and Romania traded for Saturday’s match against the All Blacks. Pundits have taken their stance on USA Rugby's negotiation with the Aviva Premiership, but we talked to a couple of those... Read More