Technically, Saturday marked the second “The Rugby Weekend”. The first time USA Rugby used the moniker to promote a home test was 2016, when Ireland upset New Zealand at Soldier Field and the Eagles fell to the Maori at Toyota Park. But if you define The Rugby Weekend as anytime you welcome a New Zealand team to play in Chicago and rent Soldier Field with a lot of fanfare, Saturday marked the... Read More
Head coach Gary Gold said before the game the biggest threat to his team as the speed of the Maoris, and he couldn’t have been more right, as the Eagles leaked nine tries in a 59-22 defeat Saturday at Soldier Field. The game was marred by indiscipline, as the Maoris racked up three yellow cards and were lucky not to be shown more, if not red.
The Eagles managed to empty their bench, handing out... Read More
New Zealand ran over and around a young USA Saturday at Soldier Field in Chicago, earning an emphatic 67-6 win. With 13 debutants in the American lineup, the Black Ferns put on a clinic, dominating every phase of the game.
The American lineout was especially poor, as the Black Ferns used the set piece and subsequent driving mauls to gain the early advantage. Once the flood gates opened, they... Read More
For the third time in four years, Team USA is playing outside the November test window. That means some of the team’s best players won’t be available. Also for the third time in four years, that game is against the All Blacks. All Blacks is rugby for best team in the world.
In 2014, the match was against the All Blacks proper, who shellacked the Eagles 74-6. Saturday, as they did in 2016... Read More
It’s been 14 months since they’ve taken the field. With a new coach and 13 debutants in the lineup, the Eagles being a new era Saturday against the defending world champion New Zealand. The same Black Ferns team that bounced the USA from the 2017 World Cup 45-12 in the semifinals.
“They’re one of my favorite teams to go against. They’re the true epitome of heart on the field, best friends off the... Read More
CHICAGO, IL. - The U.S. Men’s National Team has today named its match-day 23 to face the New Zealand Maori All Blacks as part of The Rugby Weekend this Saturday (Nov 3) at 6 PM CT, LIVE on FloRugby.
In total, 13 players will return from the Men’s Eagles upset over then No. 6 Scotland during the Summer Internationals 2018. Ten of them will take the field as starters with three ready to energize... Read More
CHICAGO, IL. - New Head Coach Rob Cain has named his match-day 23 for the U.S. Women's National Team's highly anticipated return against first-ranked New Zealand as part of The Rugby Weekend this Saturday (Nov. 3) at Soldier Field, LIVE on FloRugby.
In Cain's first test match as Head Coach of the Women's Eagles, the USA will see up to 13 new players earn their first cap on home soil with six... Read More
The Rugby Weekend will air live on FloRugby, meaning all three of Saturday’s matches – USA women against New Zealand, Ireland versus Italy, and the USA men against the Maori All Blacks – will only be viewable behind a paywall.
That’s not a new development. This year, only one Eagles test will air live on domestic linear television. It was USA versus Scotland in June. The other two summer tests... Read More
The Glendale Raptors continued their preseason slog with a 59-31 loss to the team assembled from the weeklong Rugby Americas combine Saturday at Infinity Park. The combine featuring capped players from three South American countries and youngsters from Canada and America.
The game was chopped into four quarters, with the first two being very competitive. Glendale’s depth proved an issue late, as... Read More
(Interviews conducted by Evan Lappen)
World Rugby is hosting its second regional combine this week in Glendale, Colo. There are players from five countries – 10 from Brazil, nine from Uruguay, two from Chile and a smattering from Canada and the United States. They’ll play the Glendale Raptors in an exhibition Saturday at Infinity Park.
The first World Rugby combine was held in Fiji earlier this... Read More