For the second week in a row, Gary Gold's Eagles have broken the USA's all-time record for highest World Rugby ranking. The USA climbed to 13th last week off the back of a 9-0 test record, and Monday they moved up to 12th despite falling to No. 2 Ireland Saturday, 57-14.
The previous high mark was 14th, but that’s where the USA debuted when the rankings were rolled out in 2003. It took a few... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this episode, USA 7s head coaches Chris Brown & Mike Friday come on to talk about fast food and their respective programs ahead of Dubai 7s. Both are trying to qualify for Tokyo 2020. Brown talks about learning more about his new team and the challenge of qualifying for the Olympics. Friday talks about... Read More
Perry Baker became the first two-time winner of World Rugby’s Men’s Sevens Player of the Year Award when his name was called at World Rugby’s annual awards ceremony in Monaco Sunday. He was selected over fellow finalists Ben O’Donnell of Australia and Fiji’s Jerry Tuwai
Baker was the first American to ever receive the award in 2017, having led the 2016/2017 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in tries... Read More
Ireland rode A 33-point second half to a 57-14 defeat of the USA Saturday at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The Eagles kept pace through the first half hour, but indiscipline and fatigue set in.
The loss makes the Eagles 9-2 in 2018, with the lone losses coming to second-ranked Ireland and the Maori All Blacks. The victory sees Ireland wrap up the year with the best test record in World Rugby at 11-1.... Read More
If No. 13 were playing No. 2 in college football, prognosticators would likely expect a cracker of a game. But when the betting lines opened for 13th-ranked USA versus second-ranked Ireland, the Irish were nearly 40-point favorites.
The fact that Ireland has retained just one starter from Saturday’s epic defeat of top-ranked New Zealand hasn’t changed expectations much. All of the superstars are... Read More
Head coach Chris Brown has made two changes from the silver-medal finish in Glendale for the second tournament of the season in Dubai next week. The Eagles are paired with Australia, England and China in Pool B.
Veteran Joanne Fa’avesi and World Series debutant Ashlee Byrge replace Lauren Thunen and Tia Blythe, who helped the Eagles finish second in Colorado. Fa’avesi last appeared for the Eagles... Read More
Olympic qualification opens for the USA men next week in Dubai, with the Eagles drawing New Zealand, Spain and Wales in Pool C. Head coach Mike Friday has named 14 players who will travel to Dubai without delineating which 12 will be on the active roster to start the tournament.
The usual suspects are mostly all there. Regular starters Danny Barrett, Steven Tomasin, Ben Pinkelman, Madison Hughes... Read More
One injury has forced a change to the USA’s squad for the 10th and final test of the year against Ireland in Dublin Saturday. The second-ranked Irish, coming off an upset of top-ranked New Zealand, have sent six back to their professional clubs.
For the Eagles, Tony Lamborn is out with a leg injury. Chance Wenglewski, who earned his first cap against the Maori earlier this month, is back in camp... Read More
Saturday's 31-5 victory over Romania in Bucharest has boosted the Eagles to their highest rankings perch of all time. They entered the contest ranked 15th, but with Italy beating Georgia two weeks ago and then losing handily to Australia on the weekend, they've jumped two spots.
Tonga now sits one spot ahead of the USA, despite being pounded 74-24 by Wales Saturday. The opportunity to climb past... Read More
Team USA pushed its 2018 test record to 9-0 (10-1 overall) with a 31-5 defeat of Romania Saturday in Bucharest. The Eagles let several scoring opportunities go to waste in the opening half, but they buttoned up their performance in the second stanza, blanking Romania 19-0.
Romania dominated in one phase of the game, the scrum, but the Americans were better in every other facet. Romania’s defense... Read More