The list of teams the USA has played and never beaten shrunk by two in 2018, down to eight. The firsts are a pair of 30-29 wins for the USA, over Scotland in June and Samoa Saturday. Both were delivered by deciding kicks at the death – the latter sealed by a missed Scottish conversion, and the Samoa victory captured by a 39-meter penalty by Will Hooley.
Combine those firsts with a 9-0 test record... Read More
(Editor's note: This story was originally published with an insensitive headline that has since been edited.)
Team USA earned its first-ever win over Samoa Saturday, with Will Hooley nailing a 39-meter penalty at the death for the 30-29 victory in San Sebastian, Spain. The test win marks the USA’s ninth in a row, making them a perfect 9-0 in test matches this year.
Joe Taufete’e opened scoring in... Read More
Team USA fell 57-5 to England Friday at Allianz Park in London. It makes them 0-2 under new head coach Rob Cain, as he is blooding new players at the beginning of the World Cup cycle. Three more new Eagles earned their first caps on the day.
The developmental sides of both England and the USA play Tuesday. The Eagles are back on the pitch Nov. 18 against Ireland in Dublin.
England’s pressure... Read More
Gary Gold has named a strong side to face Samoa Saturday, plugging five overseas pros who weren't available last week into the lineup. The surprising omission is Samu Manoa. The Cardiff forward is widely considered the best American player in the world, and he was scheduled to join the team this week, but has been mysteriously left out of the match day 23.
Eric Fry was also scheduled to join the... Read More
LONDON, ENG. - Head Coach Rob Cain has named his match-day 23 to face England’s Red Roses this Friday, Nov. 9 at 2:45 PM ET, LIVE on FloRugby.
The full roster will feature five changes made to the starting XV with four new faces in as reserves and up to three new caps to be awarded overall.
Jumping in at hooker for Katy Augustyn is Joanna Kitlinski who joins the group after being activated as an... Read More
With overseas pros becoming available and injuries piling up, the USA’s November tour roster is fluid. Head coach Gary Gold has sent some guys packing and welcomed more into the fold ahead of Saturday's clash with Samoa in San Sebastian, Spain.
First, injuries. Nate Augspurger is going to have to undergo surgery, ruling him out for the rest of the tour. He was pulled last-minute from the lineup... Read More
USA scrumhalf Shaun Davies was knocked out of Saturday’s contest with the Maori All Blacks in Chicago with a concussion. He has also been ruled out for the upcoming match with Samoa in Spain.
In the 36th minute, Maori second row Pari Pari Parkinson came through a ruck to play the diminutive scrumhalf, wrapped him up, lifted him above his waist and violently slammed him to the ground. Parkinson... Read More
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