USA Rugby’s Congress assembles this weekend in Austin, Texas, and two expected hot topics are PRO Rugby and the performance of the national governing body’s Board of Directors.
The former makes sense because this is the first Congress assembly since the uncovering of PRO’s horde of unpaid employees and vendors, and the latter because some well-known members of the rugby community have been... Read More
The countdown to the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship continues. In order to get a sense of what to look for from the USA Eagles in the ARC and beyond, here is a look at some specifics from 2016.
An earlier post looked at the performance of the USA Eagles from the kicking tee in 2016 and at restarts in November. This post looks at tries and penalties for the Eagles in 2016.
The Eagles... Read More
Playing in San Sebastian, Spain at Estadio Anoeta, Tonga took an early lead and was able to hang on in the second half to defeat the USA Eagles, 20-17.
In an echo of last week’s match against Romania, the Eagles started slowly and, despite “winning” the second half, could not overcome that slow start.
There were plenty of signs of worry for the Eagles early as poor territorial kicking gave Tonga... Read More
Head coach John Mitchell has handed out 35 new caps in 2016, a remarkable amount by any measure. Those filling them have come from many places – 7s guys taking their first real crack at international 15s, recent college stars making the step up, and even some previously unearthed U.S.-qualified overseas professionals.
But for one of this year’s debutants, at least, the seminal accomplishment of... Read More
My teeth were firmly gritted for most of the recent USA v Romania match. If I relaxed my jaw, the string of profanities to come out would be like one of those magician’s handkerchiefs.
It was not just the Eagles’ play that made me think the match could look better. Watching the Eagles fall behind 20-0 and ultimately lose 23-10 was the source of most of, but not all of, the frustration. Also... Read More
In the past, quite a few players used the USA sevens program as a stepping-stone toward a professional path in fifteens. However, the landscape has changed. With the Sevens World Series, and USA’s place on it, well-established, and with another Olympic cycle looming as soon as one ends, it isn’t clear how different players with navigate options in sevens and fifteens.
Several of the USA sevens... Read More
At Toyota Park just outside Chicago, the New Zealand Maori All Blacks comfortably defeated the USA Eagles, 54-7. The last time the two sides met, in 2013, the Maori won 29-19.
For the USA, too much of the first 40 minutes was spent inside its defensive half. Maori coach Colin Cooper said, “We made the States play inside their half. We’re blessed with the kickers that we have. That was probably... Read More
This morning, I went to the Ireland captain’s run at Soldier Field and then walked down to the Irish team hotel. It took me a while, in part because of the swelling crowds for the Cubs rally.
During the walk, for the entirety of the walk, there seemed to be someone in Cubs gear in sight.
The last time I was in Chicago, it was on match day for USA v New Zealand. Walking down Michigan Avenue toward... Read More
With the USA Eagles match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks nearly here, it is time to take a peak at what we might expect from the New Zealand Maori. With relatively few matches, and with a squad of smart players ready to adapt to what is in front of them, it is risky to assume too much about how the match will go. Still, here is some of what we do know.
To put it briefly, they don’t... Read More
Uruguay A handled the USA Selects easily and won Sunday’s Americas Pacific Challenge match 47-15. A central factor in the match was Uruguay’s scrum, which was dominant throughout.
The match started in a promising fashion for the Selects, as they moved the ball confidently in attack in their first opportunity. They then stole a Uruguayan lineout, and Mateo Sanguinetti was sin-binned for a tip... Read More