The Eagles beat Canada 41-23 at Twin Elms Rugby Park in Ottawa Saturday, constituting the USA’s first-ever winning streak over their northern neighbors. The Eagles had recorded back-to-back wins over Canada four times coming into the game, but not until Saturday did they ever win three in a row.
Canada had spells of ascendency at the beginning of both halves, and the hosts took the lead four... Read More
The Eagles take on Canada for the second time in three weeks later today, and their looking for their first-ever three-peat over their fierce rivals. Four times the USA has won back-to-back matches over Canada, but never three in a row.
Head coach Mike Tolkin’s charges needed a walk-off AJ MacGinty drop goal to usurp Canada, 15-13, a few weeks ago in Vancouver. And it took a miraculous 17-point... Read More
Mike Tolkin continues to make changes to his squad going into Saturday's clash with Canada at Twin Elm Rugby Park in Ottawa, Ontario. The match, set for a 4 p.m. ET kickoff, will not be broadcast in the United States.
The roster isn't wholly different from the one that stole the win from Canada last month in the Pacific Nations Cup finale, with all but three starters carrying over. Cam Dolan... Read More
Head coach Mike Tolkin has named a 31-man traveling sqaud for the Eagles' three remaining World Cup primers against Canada Aug. 22, Harlequins Aug. 30 and Australia Sept. 5. Unlike the roster named for the Pacific Nations Cup, this squad is not restrictive, as Tolkin has the ability to add or drop players as he sees. These three matches provide players their last opportunity to earn one of 31... Read More
All 48 Rugby World Cup matches will be available online via Universal Sports Network’s WatchRWC2015. The service is not dissimilar to that Universal Sports provided for the 2011 World Cup, but it will be available on more devices this time around.
Fans can purchase the full tournament package for $199.99 or individual matches for $27.95 each, and television pay-per-view will be available as it... 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
The Eagles begin an incredibly busy four-month span Saturday when they take on Samoa at 7 p.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. On paper, the game looks like an uphill climb as the Americans been convened in camp for only a handful of days.
“The biggest thing we’re always trying to do is gain consistency. We have a lot of people that come from different places, and we come from all over... Read More
Head Coach Mike Tolkin has tabbed his 31-man roster for the Pacific Nations Cup, and the biggest change to the team is Chris Wyles taking the captain's baton from Todd Clever. Clever has served as the skipper since after the 2007 World Cup and is the longest-running captain in Eagle history. Blaine Scully was named vice captain.
“Todd has always looked out for the well being of the squad... Read More
Seven games stand between the Eagles and the World Cup. Rugby Canada made the long-rumored August friendly with the Eagles official this week. Add that to four Pacific Nations Cup matches and the Harlequins and Australia games, and you have a great lead-up to the big show.
Also announced this week was the Eagles’ 50-man training squad for the RWC. Putting that list together is somewhat a moot... 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