The idea of a World Cup cycle is dangerous. It’s hurt the national team in the past, it’s poisoning the decision-making now, and as long as the USA Rugby powers-that-be look at the Eagle schedule as one month long with a three-year preseason, it will remain an issue.
Currently, the obsession with the quadrennial event is in the process of tying the Eagles’ shoelaces together in the starting... Read More
The DII national final is set, as Minnesota-Duluth advanced with 30-18 defeat of Salisbury in one semifinal Saturday and Wisconsin-Whitewater beat Towson 53-22 in the other. This marks the second year in a row Duluth and Whitewater will meet in the title match.
The lone common opponent for the Fighting Penguins and Warhawks this fall? Lindenwood-Belleville, the team I happen to coach. We fell 46-... Read More
There are three major story lines for the United States coming from the World Cup, and all of them have to do with choices. The first two have been talked about – the exclusion of Todd Clever and the selections for South Africa – and the third is a decision yet to be made, or at least announced. Will Mike Tolkin continue as head coach?
Only one American coach has ever skippered the Eagles the... Read More
A winless World Cup is staring the United States National Team in the face at the moment, despite the fact that talk leading into the quadrennial tournament was of winning two games for the first time ever.
Still on the slate for the Eagles are South Africa Oct. 7 in London and Japan Oct. 11 in Gloucester. The South Africa match is a foregone conclusion, and the Japan tilt represents the last... Read More
Saturday’s loss to Samoa leaves us in an all too familiar place, finding the silver linings in another lost opportunity. Had the Eagles beaten Samoa, the team that just stood nose to nose with New Zealand, it would have been a great momentum builder for the summer heading into the World Cup. Instead, they lost and now the biggest news in American rugby is the fall of a former captain.
Still, the... Read More
That. Just. Happened. After sweeping the North American Caribbean Rugby Association Championships, both the men's and women's national teams will be representing the United States in the 2016 Olympic Games, defending the back-to-back gold medals won by the USA men in Belgium in 1920 and France in 1924.
It’s hard to put this moment into historical context, but I think it’s fair to say it’s the... Read More
No one knows exactly where the tipping point is, but we’re getting closer to finding out. Someday, enough people will have paid to attend rugby games, tournaments and events to cause the professionalization of rugby in America. What that professionalization will look like isn’t clear, either. I’ll get to that.
But this summer will be a great litmus test for America’s ability to support... Read More
The National Rugby Football League claims the Rough Riders, being referred to as America’s first professional rugby team, will play the Leicester Tigers Aug. 8 at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, in an exhibition match dubbed the Independence Cup.
This is the fledgling organization’s second run at the Independence Cup. In 2013, the NRFL claimed it was going to put... Read More
At first glance, the run-up to the World Cup looks fantastic for Team USA. The Pacific Nations Cup will provide four games in July and August, and a pair of friendlies with Canada and another possible test against Australia or a Premiership team will give the Eagles seven games in quick succession and over two months of assembly time.
However, it is quite possible they’ll be without their... Read More
Check out the lastest Ruggamatrix America podcast, as the panel talks college 15s, the Collegiate Rugby Championship and the upcoming Eagles tour.