The London Scottish announced Wednesday the naming of Mike Friday as the club's director of rugby. He was believed to be in the running for the vacant 7s head coaching job with USA Rugby, but Wednesday's announcement appears to eliminate him from that contention.
Friday served as the London Scottish backs coach last season, after successful stints on the IRB 7s World Series with Kenya and... Read More
The quest for an international cap has taken Preston Bryant to three countries, two continents and across 10,000 miles, and just as the view of his goal is coming into focus, a surprise road block has been constructed in his way.
Bryant, born to an American father and Zimbabwean mother, was raised in Zimbabwe by his mom, while his dad lived in Colorado. Bryant first made a name for himself... Read More
If not Matt Hawkins, then who? It won’t be Alex Magleby. He stepped down after last year’s World Cup, largely because he didn’t want to spend the majority of his time on one coast while his wife was on the other. That hasn’t changed, and Magleby’s stepped into the role of 7s national development director for USA Rugby, which allows him to keep doing what he’s doing at Dartmouth and still be... Read More
There’s a lot to wrap your head around when it comes to the forcing out of Matt Hawkins, the most puzzling factor being the timing. I’m not saying I think Hawkins was the guy to lead the USA to the Olympics, and I’m not saying he wasn’t. I won’t pretend to know, but there are people whose job it is to know. It’s their job to make the right decision at the right time. My point is, even if letting... Read More
The All Blacks last played the Eagles on American soil during the Carter administration, and striking are the similarities between the hype and coverage for that game 34 years ago and that of the one coming up Nov. 1.
The USA lost 53-6 Oct. 8, 1980 in San Diego Stadium, the home of the Chargers and Padres at the time, and the game was carried by ESPN – then a one-year-old budding cable network.... Read More
The USA's June is in the books, with a 1-2 record. Disappointment from losses to Japan and Scotland was quelled by a dramatic win over Canada. But what are the lessons we've learned from the month as a whole?
1) Canada’s Beatable
It took a lot, including a couple of yellow cards and an injury to dynamic scrumhalf Phil Mack, but the Eagles finally got the better of Canada. This rivalry is an... Read More
Saturday’s 38-35 win over Canada at Sacramento’s Bonney Field, a near sell out with 7,804 in the 8,000-seat stadium, was a special win for the embattled Eagles. It ended a seven-game drought against rival Canada, it marked the USA’s first Pacific Nations Cup win and head coach Mike Tolkin’s first victory over the Maple Leafs.
But for the seven Northern California natives on the 23-man roster, it... Read More
The United States ended a seven-game losing streak to Canada with a 38-35 dramatic win at Bonney Field in Sacramento, Calif. The USA held an 11-point lead 36 minutes in, but conceded an eight-minute, 28-point run to Canada on both sides of halftime. The Eagles then answered back with a 20-point of their own run to win the game.
Several Sacramento-based Eagles were huge in the effort, none bigger... Read More
It’s not a starkly different team than the ones that faced Scotland and Japan earlier this month, but Mike Tolkin appears to have a plan with the group he picked to go up against Canada Saturday at Bonney Field in Sacramento, Calif.
It’s a big, physical, confrontational team. Four-through-eight in the pack, everyone is a hitter. Samu Manoa and Scott LaValla brought the wood against Japan, and... Read More