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
When you start looking at the numbers, Canada’s recent dominance over the United States is staggering. Canada owns the all-time series with a 38-12-1 record, having won 16 of the last 20.
The United States will tie its longest-ever losing streak to any single nation with a loss Saturday. The Eagles have lost to Canada seven times in a row dating back to 2009, which already matches the longest... Read More
Tickets for the Nov. 1 match between the United States and New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago went on sale to the general public Monday, and USA Rugby is touting that 32,000 have already been sold. There's still plenty of room in the 61,500-seat NFL stadium, but the early wave of sales is notable.
32,000 people at one match would make it the most-attended rugby game on American soil in the... Read More
Danny Barrett earned his first start in just his second-ever appearance in the USA’s 37-29 loss to Japan Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. To match Japan’s fast-paced attack, USA coach Mike Tolkin fielded a nimbler, more athletic side, with five back row players in the starting scrum. That move put Barrett on the field at openside flanker, though he finished at No. 8.
Barrett was first... Read More
Blaine Scully had about as good a game as you can have in a loss Saturday, running in three tries in his native California in a 37-29 deafeat to Japan. With ball in hand, he proved difficult for any one Brave Blossom to bring down, and he worked hard off the ball to put himself in position to capitalize on the breaks of his teammates.
The former Cal Bear and current Leicester Tiger got his... Read More
The Eagles are 0-3 in the newly minted Pacific Nations Cup, having lost to Canada, Tonga and Japan last spring. With only two PNC games this year, the Eagles’ opportunities to get in the win column are limited.
“We’re definitely cognizant of the fact that as a team we need to step up and improve, specifically in this tournament. The first time around in this competition was not our best... Read More
Is he big enough? Can he play with the same physicality on the international level? These are the questions people asked about Seamus Kelly from the time he was a high school standout at Xavier on through his illustrious career at Cal.
With another workmanlike performance against Scotland Saturday, Kelly continues to answer with a resounding yes. Dislodging balls, decleating opponents and... Read More
Think back to June 2010. Eddie O’Sullivan was the head coach, and the Eagles were playing in the Churchill Cup. With the World Cup looming about 15 months away, and less than a couple of handfuls of tests for him to evaluate his personnel ahead of the big event, O’Sullivan mixed and matched lineups throughout the month.
That’s not what current coach Mike Tolkin is going to do in the same spot... Read More