Todd Clever gets the nod at blindside flanker for his final international match Saturday at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif. Clever's swan song will decide if the Eagles qualify for the Rugby World Cup as Americas 1, or if they have to face Uruguay in the next stage of qualification. Winner takes all.
Brought into a lineup for the first time this summer is Madison Hughes, who starts at... Read More
It has long been a goal of the American rugby community to bring the sport in the United States to a comparable playing field, both physically and metaphorically, in relation to the traditional American sports. The NCAA naming women’s rugby as an emerging sport certainly appeared to be a step in that direction, however, all that glitters is not always gold.
With the fifteens Women’s Rugby World... Read More
John Mitchell has four games left on his plate before taking off for South Africa, or before he stops commuting to America from his home in South Africa, you might say. It was announced Thursday that Mitchell would leave USA Rugby after less than two years at the helm to coach the Blue Bulls of Super Rugby.
The move doesn’t come as a surprise, as Mitchell had been linked to multiple jobs over the... Read More
Head Coach John Mitchell has named 30 players to assemble for the USA's four-game summer, which includes two intriguing tests against Ireland and Georgia before a double-header World Cup qualifier against Canada. In stark contrast to most Eagle assemblies, all 30 players are available for all four tests.
The Eagles have built some depth at prior positions of weakness, with some second rows and... Read More
World Rugby's Regulation 8, which outlines player eligibility for the international game, has been changed via a World Rugby Council special meeting Wednesday in Kyoto, Japan. The most glaring change is the increase of time a player has to reside in a country before becoming eligible for its national team.
“This is an historic moment for the sport and a great step towards protecting the... Read More
The World Cup draw took place Thursday in Japan, with three of the five teams in each pool being cemented, and the likely landing spots for the United States revealed. While certainly no pool in the Rugby World Cup is going to be easy, it appears the USA's best path to success is to actually lose the qualifiers to Canada this summer to avoid the pool of death.
The top-qualifying team out of the... Read More
Mike Tolkin made wholesale changes for the USA Selects' second game of their three-match tour of South America, resulting in a 54-6 loss to the Argentina Jaguars Tuesday. Though the opponent wasn't a full-fledged National Team, it did boast a handful of guys that started in Argentina's last full test against France and another handful of capped Pumas.
Starting at prop for the USA were a couple... Read More
The United States Selects opened their South American tour with a 13-3 defeat of Uruguay Thursday in Montevideo. The game was fairly unattractive, with plenty of mistakes and penalties on both sides of the ball. Several points were left on the field via missed penalty kicks, but the Americans scored the game’s lone try and managed to stroke one more penalty through the uprights than Los Teros.... Read More
The two halfback positions are on the forefront of American rugby’s collective conscious heading into the World Cup, partially because the Eagles are unprecedentedly strong in a lot of other position groups, and partially because there are some intriguing story lines surrounding the guys who wear, or may wear, the nine and 10 jerseys.
Flyhalf is in so much flux largely because of injury. Adam... Read More
The USA Selects kick off a three-game tour of South America Thursday in Montevideo, Uruguay, playing the host nation first before heading over to Salta, Argentina to face the Jaguars Tuesday and May 2. The team gathered for a short camp in Florida before flying to Montevideo, with players from three distinctive tiers coming together.
One group is full of established Eagles who are fully expected... Read More