The end of the year is a time for reflection, and shortly after the men’s USA fifteen’s team wrapped up their year, Pat Clifton and others asked why 2018 was the best year ever. What follows here is a look at some of the how the men’s Eagles won 10 of their 12 matches.
In order to achieve a winning record in 2019, the Eagles will need to win all five Americas Rugby Championship matches, plus... Read More
Looking at some of the details of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship reveals how and why the USA Eagles were able to win all five matches and reclaim the trophy.
Here are some of the most noteworthy details:
The Eagles both scored the most tries in the tournament and conceded the fewest.
The Eagles were the highest scoring team, overall, in the last 20 minutes of matches.
The Eagles had the... Read More
Heading into the last weekend of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship, if the USA Eagles win, they finish undefeated and win the tournament for the second year in a row. However, a loss to Uruguay will almost certainly allow Argentina XV to claim a second ARC title.
So long as the American scrum does not fall apart, the Eagles should win. Part of what contributes to that "should" is the... Read More
The Eagles looked much sharper in attack winning the Can-Am trophy and scoring four tries on Saturday than against the Argentina XV in round one. With the first two rounds of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship complete, there are some more numbers to look at
Here is the table after six matches:
The Eagles in getting to the top of the table continued the trend of out-scoring the opposition... Read More
Looking ahead to Saturday’s match between the USA Eagles and Germany, anticipating how things will go, from an American perspective, is not easy. These sides have never played each other, after all.
Last weekend, Germany handily defeated Brazil, 45-12. It might be easy to ignore that result, but let us not forget that Brazil defeated the Eagles in 2016 and Canada in 2017. Still, Brazil was not... Read More
The Americas Pacific Challenge concluded on Sunday with the six teams involved playing their third match in eight days. USA Selects finished with a win over Canada A, 45-26, to finish the tournament 2-1. Canada ends the 2017 APC without a win. Throughout the match, the Canadian forwards were strong, but the USA attack in open play was more than the Canadians could handle.
Canada A had a good... Read More
In their second match of the 2017 Americas Pacific Challenge, the USA Selects defeated Uruguay A, 49-36. The match featured plenty of attacking ambition from the Selects who scored seven tries to Uruguay's five.
The first real possession of the match went to the Selects, but an early handling error led to a scrum to Uruguay. Uruguay won a penalty from that first scrum. Following the touch-finder... Read More
The 2017 Americas Pacific Challenge started today with USA Selects playing Samoa A at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo, Uruguay. Samoa won 48-26 in a match that featured plenty of American mistakes, Samoan opportunism, and an important red card.
The Selects kicked off and immediately won the ball back. Several phases inside the Samoa 22 ended with a knock-on. From the scrum, Samoa won a penalty... Read More
At Talen Energy Stadium outside of Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, the Collegiate All-Americans played Oxford University, a match up with a long history. The match featured several lead changes, but Oxford ended the match in front, 20-18.
The All-Americans dominated possession and territory in the first quarter of the match, but still found themselves behind, in large part due to handling... Read More
Both England and USA came into their final pool match of the Women's Rugby World Cup 2-0, each with the maximum 10 points claimed from the matches against Italy and Spain. Currently ranked best in the world, the matchup against England was always daunting for the Eagles. The match was never close, but the Eagles scored four tries and, therefore, a bonus point in the 47-26 loss.
Early on, Katy... Read More