It’s the type of question that appears easy to answer but isn’t. Qualify for the USA by World Rugby’s eligibility standards and be really good would seem sufficient, but plenty can build a case they did that and were never rewarded with a cap.
Some will point to the age-grade national teams as stepping stones on a pathway, and though they may be, it’s a path many have skipped entirely. The true... Read More
Whatever pre-tournament hopes the USA had prior to the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Ireland, the cold-water splash of reality squarely doused the Eagles’ expectations. The team then was filled with amateurs, Dan Lyle, the prominent exception, playing against two opponents (Ireland and Australia) comprised of top team world professionals.
The Eagles lost to Ireland 53-8, Romania 27-25, and, finally,... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news du jour in American and world rugby. The guys go over some college scores from the weekend, wrap up their thoughts on the Americas Rugby Championship, try to keep from getting too excited about the 7s team's possibilities, ... Read More
Team USA went 1-2 Sunday at BC Place to finish fourth at Vancouver 7s. The day started with a titillating 21-19 win over England in the quarterfinals, but it was uphill from there, as France was dominant in a 33-5 dismantling of the mistake-riddled Eagles in the semifinal, ending the USA’s season-long run of making the championship match.
The Eagles fell short against Fiji in the bronze-medal... Read More
Team USA finished pool play 2-1 in Vancouver Saturday, good for second in the group and a trip to Sunday’s quarterfinals. The Eagles defeated Wales and Chile before falling to South Africa in the pool finale.
The result sees them draw England in the quarterfinals at 2:52 p.m. ET. If they win, they’ll face the winner between Samoa and France.
The tournament opener against Wales started with the... Read More
SEATTLE, WA. - The USA Men’s Eagles have named their match-day 23 to face rival-Canada in the finale of the Americas Rugby Championship 2019 this Friday, Mar 8 at Starfire Sports in Seattle, WA. Kickoff is set for 7 PM Pacific Time with the game broadcast LIVE on FloRugby.
Head Coach Gary Gold has made six changes to the starting XV and five to the bench from last week’s matchup with Uruguay. The... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This is a special episode celebrating Team USA's second-straight gold medal at the USA Sevens.
Hear from head coach Mike Friday, Dream Team selections Stephen Tomasin and Ben Pinkelman, and rising Falcons star Travion Clark. Tomasin talks about missing out on last year's Vegas title due to injury, Pinkelman... Read More
World Rugby’s leadership is under extreme scrutiny for its proposed ‘world league’ concept. Last week, a now-disputed report detailing a plan to include the rich markets of Japan and the USA and exclude the traditionally-stronger pacific island nations of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga from a lucrative competition went viral, drawing widespread criticism from every corner of the world.
The world league is... Read More
Team USA claimed its second-consecutive USA Sevens title Saturday, blanking Samoa 27-0 in the final at Sam Boyd Stadium. The win sees the Eagles perched atop the World Series standings alone halfway through the season. With five tournaments left, they're five points clear of second-place New Zealand, who they beat in the semifinals. They're now 3-3 against the All Blacks on the season and 3-2 in... Read More
Team USA came back from an ominous start to beat New Zealand 24-19 and advance to a fifth-consecutive gold-medal match. The Eagles overcame a 14-point deficit with a 19-point run on either side of halftime and a walk-off try by Carlin Isles at the death.
New Zealand scored 20 seconds into the match when Sione Molia skinned Matai Leuta, starting in place of the injured Danny Barrett, on the edge.... Read More