USA MNT Head Coach John Mitchell gave a brief statement at a press conference in Montevideo this week.
Mitchell was guarded in his comments about the USA's loss to Brazil, but noted that a large number of players had received their first caps during the Americas Rugby Championship, and that development of future Eagles was still a big part of the tournament.
While the USA’s loss to Brazil is an almost devastating blow to the Eagles’ dreams of winning the ARC, and the worst rankings upset in World Rugby history, there are some mitigating factors that should give us all pause.
Brazil defeated the USA 24-23 in Sao Paulo in the Americas Rugby Championship, giving the Brazilians their first win in the competition, and dealing a devastating blow to the USA’s chances of hoisting the trophy.
Rarely does the USA Men’s National 15s team go into a game where we expect them to win.
Even more rare is when we expect them to win when had the expected starters aren’t there. And even, even more rare to have that feeling when pretty much the entire team is either a new cap, or has one or two caps to his name.
SÃO PAULO, Brazil – The USA Men's National Team has confirmed squad changes following their 64-0 shutout of Chile in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Next up is Brazil at Arena Barueri, with the Eagles looking to win the Americas Rugby Championship.
The USA Men's National 15s Team can win a competition.
The USA put Chile to the sword in Saturday's Americas Rugby Championship clash in Fort Lauderdale, running in ten tries to beat the Condors 64-0.
The USA Men's National Team will face the Chile Condors Saturday in the third round of the ARC.
The Eagles sit tied with the Argentina XV in 1st place, albeit behind Argentina on points difference.
Plenty of rugby to watch this weekend on TV and web, as top college teams and national teams are in action.
Here's the list of action you can see. Check back for updates.
Saturday, February 20.
BYU v St. Mary’s
10am ET / 1pm PT
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (USA Rugby Release) – Men's Eagles Head Coach John Mitchell will continue the trend of awarding caps in the team's final home match of the inaugural Americas Rugby Championship Saturday, Feb. 20, when Chile visits Lockhart Stadium.
Next up for the USA Men’s 15s team, Chile.
Having survived the two toughest opponents of the Americas Rugby Championship with eight points out of a possible ten, the Eagles now look to get victories against Chile in Fort Lauderdale, and on the road against Uruguay and Brazil to perhaps, if they get a little help, win the tournament.
The USA defeated Canada 30-22 in the Americas Rugby Championship Saturday night just outside of Austin, Texas.
The Eagles put aside a series of set-piece errors and penal tie that saw them behind in the first half, and exploded for 20 points in the second half, including three tries from flanker and captain Todd Clever.