In the final pairing of the championship quarterfinals at the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco, Calif., it was the fourth seed against the fifth seed and Eagles prevailed over Russia by a score of 33-17.
The USA dominated possession in the first half and led 21-5 at the break. However, after a yellow card, Russia stormed back to cut the advantage to four points with about two minutes left.... Read More
In the final match of the round of 16 at the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco, Ca., the USA women piled up six tries on China to win its opening match, 38-7. After the Eagles scored on the opening possession, China responded to tie it up at 7-7. Knowing there are no underdogs in this event, the USA utilized its speed and aerial abilities on the restart to power to the victory. The USA play... Read More
The qualifying for the 2018 Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires, Brazil begins at the Las Vegas Invitational as the USA Women compete for the right to represent their country in October. The 12-person squad helmed by Emilie Bydwell, the General Manager to Women's High-Performance rugby, produced two shutouts beating Mexico, 41-0, and Barbados, 29-0. The USA begins Friday against 2-0 Canada... Read More
With a right to qualify for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Brazil at stake, a four-team field is competing at the Las Vegas Invitational. At the Silver Bowl Sports Park next to Sam Boyd Stadium, the USA Men's U-18s program is contending against teams from Barbados, Jamaica, and Canada.
On Thursday, USA beat Barbados 57-0 and then defeated Jamaica, 38-7. The U-18 Eagles will play... Read More
On the latest episode of The Carter Divide, Ethan and I manage to get through a discussion about the London Sevens without exploding, in part because any frustration is tempered by Ethan’s increasing appreciation for the USA sevens squad.
The episode is on iTunes, Stitcher, Sound Cloud, and here.
We also spend some time admiring the Hurricanes, and Ethan—who could be the poster boy for how easily... Read More
After a frustrating loss to Scotland in the semi-finals, the London 7s ended with a thud for USA, losing 22-19 to Canada. Canada opened well, and then came back from a second half deficit to claim the bronze medal. The bronze medal match between USA and Canada was a rematch of the final in Singapore, which Canada also won.
The opening kick was a mess, and Canada had the first chance at... Read More
Rugby Today assistant editor and columnist Pat Clifton joins the Rugby Guys Podcast to talk about all things rugby in Episode 36. Pat lends his voice to Erik Woodworth, John Goodwyn, and Evan Lappen as they discuss the USA Rugby 7s performance in Singapore in the all North American final, a possible merger of D1A and the Varsity Cup in college, and the state of rugby in the United States. Plus,... Read More
When Ethan and I first started recording The Carter Divide, he had almost no experience in watching professional rugby. In between then and now, lots has changed, but he still has a ways to go before he is serious rugby fan. Still, the latest episode of The Carter Divide is out, and another important corner has been turned.
The episode is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and here.
The corner turned... Read More
The final pool play match for USA in Vancouver was against Australia to determine the winner of Pool C. For the second tournament in a row, the USA Eagles headed into their third match 2-0 and having already secured a spot in the cup quarterfinals. Unlike against England last weekend, though, the Eagles never let Australia into the match. The final was 29-5, and USA head into the cup... Read More
USA faced New Zealand in the bronze medal match in Las Vegas in a thriller that ended with the Eagles winning on the final play of the match. The wind introduced an element of chance and chaos to the match, but in the end it was a simple pass to Andrew Durutalo that sealed the bronze medal for the Americans, 19-15.
USA has now won five of the last nine matches against New Zealand.
The wind... Read More