So there it is; the USA is 0-4 in the Rugby World Cup after losing 31-19 to Tonga.
It's been eight years since the Eagles won a game in the World Cup, and in the USA's history, drops to 3-26.
Against Tonga, the Eagles played tough, played with heart, and with some adventure, too. But the Eagles' flaws that showed in March came home to roost in October.
USA Men's 15s Head Coach Gary Gold has named his squad to face Tonga in the final pool game for both teams in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The game is one of those thought to be in jeopardy because of Typhoon Hagibis, but for now it is on.
Less than two minutes into the USA's Rugby World Cup game against Argentina the Eagles were screwed by the referee.
Cam Dolan will earn his 50th cap when he runs on against Argentina in the Rugby World Cup, and it's a well-deserved milestone.
The former Naples Bears HS player, who went on to play for Life University and captain the USA U19s and U20s, Dolan played in all four 2015 Rugby World Cup games, but didn't start in any of them.
The Eagles are going to be up against it against Argentina, but they are targeting a win regardless.
Playing in the third Rugby World Cup pool match of 2019, the USA is 0-2 and needs to win the remaining two to get that coveted 3rd spot in the pool, which brings the reward of an automatic berth in the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Reporters were asking players about that.
Will Hooley returns to action and will be on the bench for the USA as the Eagles get set to play Argentina October 9 at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium.
Head Coach Gary Gold has reunited the center pairing of Paul Lasike and Bryce Campbell. Marcel Brache, who has started twice at outside center in this World Cup, will suit up at left wing. Mart Iosefo doesn't make the gameday 23.
Is Nick Civetta the USA player of the year?
Well it’s important to remember that when a player is injured and the team struggles, that reveals his value, but doesn’t add to it.
Losing is losing, but USA Head Coach Gary Gold has to look past the scoreline when his team faces off against major contenders in the Rugby World Cup.
To lose 33-9 to France after being as close as 12-9 as late as 65 minutes in is worth something, and now the USA must look to Argentina and Tonga and hope for at least one victory, and, ideally, two, to finish off Japan 2019.
France defeated the USA 33-9 in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and maybe when people look at this score well in the future they will think it was a relatively easy win for the French, but it wasn't.
Eric Fry was an All American at Cal as a flanker, and then when he was switched to prop, he was an All American again; that switch has sent him on a journey all over the world, and now, in Japan, he is going to be playing against the nation he has called home for the last three years—France.
Representing your country in a World Cup is undoubtedly one of the greatest achievements in any athlete’s career — regardless of the sport, regardless of the outcome.
And when Hanco Germishuys first picked up a rugby ball as a baby in South Africa, little did he know his journey would bring him to the highest peak of American rugby.