The USA Selects rode a dominant second half to beat the Glendale Raptors
58-10 Wednesday night in a World Cup warmup.
The USA Selects team was mostly made up of players itching for playing time
and hoping to break into the World Cup squad. They were captained by Scott
LaValla, who missed last week's Canada test due to personal reasons.
The talented Glendale side battled hard... Read More
Among the strong performances for the USA against Canada this past weekend
was lock Hayden Smith.
Now a regular pro with Saracens, Smith was rested during the Churchill Cup
as requested by his club, but he’s back in the Eagles lineup now.
The lock forward was sky high in the lineout and made several big players
in the open field, including some key tackles and clear-outs. And it... Read More
Back in Denver, the USA National Team turns its attention to Wednesday’s
clash with a Glendale Selects side.
This match, set for Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo., at 7pm on Wednesday
night (click here for tickets), is designed to
give USA hopefuls who didn’t play (or didn’t play much) on Saturday a
chance to show what they can do. Glendale has been given the task of
providing a... Read More
The USA have created three tries in the first half against Canada in this
men's international test in Toronto. Unfortunately for the Eagles, one of
those tries cost them, as an ill-advised quick lineout gifted a try for
Canada flanker Jeb Sinclair.
The USA have bounced back with tries from Taku Ngwenya and Todd Clever, and
a conversion and a penalty from Nese Malifa to lead 15-10... Read More
Rewind four years. Takudzwa Ngwenya is an uncapped Eagle, with his
only match in a USA 15s jersey coming in a friendly against Munster less
than a month prior to the World Cup opener with England.
No one outside of the United States knew anything about the speedy wing,
except that he was a wing and he was supposedly speedy.
Three weeks after the opening loss to England, Ngwenya... Read More
RUGBYMag.com profiled Robbie Shaw last week, a player who might be the
third wheel at scrumhalf but who is now in the extended squad with a real
shot to make the World Cup team.
At hooker, the situation is similar. Phil Thiel and Chris Biller have been
the hookers of choice the last two seasons.
But McLenahan, who was capped... Read More
In their last eight matches
against Canada, dating back to 2009, the Eagles have posted a 2-6 record.
Their combined winning margin in the two victories (20-19 in ‘05 and 12-6
in ‘09) is just that of a converted try. Their average margin of loss is
The last time the Eagles played in Canada, in 2009 during the World Cup
qualification process, they were shellacked 41-18.... Read More
Mike MacDonald, Luke Gross Comparison
Position: MacDonald, Prop - Gross, Lock
Original Team: Lamorinda U19s - Cincinnati
College Team: California - Played basketball for Indiana St.,
USA Caps: 60
Tries for USA: 6... Read More
USA and new Northampton Saints lock/No. 8 Samu Manoa defended his absence
from the USA team in the current assembly and the World Cup in a post on
his Facebook page Monday.
Manoa wished the Eagles good luck and said "unfortunately due to some
misunderstandin[g] an miscommunication yo boy can't make it."
Manoa also indicated that those judging his decision to stay with the... Read More
It's no secret that the Eagles will be entering the World Cup this fall
with minimal time together. They assembled in Denver Monday for their first
full day of prep for the upcoming Canada and Japan tests, but many were
dispersed throughout the country and the world before arriving
However, eight Eagles put up their own money and sacrificed
the last few weeks to converge on... Read More