Team USA’s journey at the 2019 Pan-Am Games begins Friday, with the men kicking off against Guyana and the women against Trinidad & Tobago. The men close out pool play Saturday against Chile and Brazil, and the women draw Argentina and Colombia, with the knockout and medal rounds saved for Sunday.
The women have a clear path to the final with a good chance to win it all. They’ll be heavily... Read More
That was close, wasn’t it? The semifinal in Paris wasn’t, so much. Fiji was too menacing in the breakdowns, too potent in attack, and the Eagles missed Folau Niua a little too much. But they came within a couple wins of being named world champions for the first time since the women won the inaugural World Cup in 1991 and the men won Olympic gold in 1920 and 1924.
It’s truly a remarkable feat.... Read More
When Mike Friday arrived in 2014, he was told by the United States Olympic Committee’s people who analyze these sorts of things that his team had a 10-percent chance of qualifying for the Rio Olympics. Expectations for the women were more fluid – they were much closer, routinely finishing in the top six on the World Series, but coaching turnover and player unrest were key ingredients for... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. Olympic hopeful Ilona Maher comes on to discuss Team USA qualifying* for Tokyo 2020 and her upcoming 1-year anniversary of being capped. The 4x national champion and MA Sorenson Award winner also talks about growing up the daughter of a rugby-playing father and navigating the forks in the road to becoming an... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a weekly podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. Head coach of the second-place 7s USWNT Chris Brown joins Jake and Pat to talk about qualifying for Tokyo 2020. We look back on the accomplishment and ahead towards Tokyo. The guys also talk the usual array of topics, touching on a new video game, the Premiership finale, Scully's... Read More
Team USA still stands in first place after a fourth-place finish in Singapore Sunday. The Eagles’ lead over second-place Fiji, though, was trimmed from seven points to three with two tournaments left. South Africa, which eliminated the Eagles from gold medal contention, came back from a 19-0 deficit to beat Fiji and claim the cup title.
Unlike last week, the Eagles started well, beating Wales, 31... Read More
Hong Kong was a mixed bag for Team USA. The Eagles had their worst day-one of the season, losing to Wales and England, getting a lone pool win over Spain. However, they won the three-way via superior point differential, advancing them to the quarterfinals. An uplifting comeback win over South Africa in the semifinals was followed by a loss to second-place Fiji, which was followed by a bronze... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news du jour in American and world rugby. This week, the Grandaddy of them All takes center stage, as the Eagles pick up bronze in Hong Kong and retain first place with three tournaments to play. The guys also discuss a new... Read More
Team USA went 1-2 Sunday at BC Place to finish fourth at Vancouver 7s. The day started with a titillating 21-19 win over England in the quarterfinals, but it was uphill from there, as France was dominant in a 33-5 dismantling of the mistake-riddled Eagles in the semifinal, ending the USA’s season-long run of making the championship match.
The Eagles fell short against Fiji in the bronze-medal... Read More
Team USA finished pool play 2-1 in Vancouver Saturday, good for second in the group and a trip to Sunday’s quarterfinals. The Eagles defeated Wales and Chile before falling to South Africa in the pool finale.
The result sees them draw England in the quarterfinals at 2:52 p.m. ET. If they win, they’ll face the winner between Samoa and France.
The tournament opener against Wales started with the... Read More