In something of a shock result, the USA has won the Americas Rugby Championship, taking the team's first major 15s international tournament win since the 1924 Olympics.
A little over a year ago a very green USA team tied a pretty young Argentina XV 35-35 in the opening round of the new-look Americas Rugby Championship.
Nate Augspurger made the decision after not making the Olympic Games first 12 to leave the USA 7s program, return to the Old Blue club, and concentrate on 15s.
The USA did what was required in Santiago, dispelling the demons of a 2002 loss to Chile and defeating the Condors 57 to 9 Saturday in Americas Rugby Championship Round 4.
The USA improves to 4-0 in the ARC, matching Argentina XV and setting up a winner-take-all clash in Comodoro Rivadavia next week.
USA Men's 15s Head Coach John Mitchell has made more changes in his team's lineup as the Americas Rugby Championship moves on to Round 4 and the Eagles take on Chile in Santiago.
The USA Men's National 15s team still has some work to do if the Eagles want to win the Americas Rugby Championship.
Rugby is a great sport in part because it needs all sorts of body types to play - tall guys, wide guys … and sometimes little guys.
On February 18 against Canada, with a big thanks to the tall guys and the big guys, it was the little guys who really stood out.
Eagles Slam Canada in BC
Romania beat the USA for only the second time ever, and the first time since 1999, Saturday in Bucharest.
The Mighty Oaks controlled much of territory and possession, especially in the first half, and scored two early tries that, with a conversion and penalty from center Florin Vlaicu, made it 12-0. Vlaicu added another penalty to give his side a 15-0 lead.
Watch out for flying bodies.
The USA Men's National Team will face Romania in the Pershing Cup rivalry game Saturday in Bucharest, and it promises to be a physical and fractious game - it always is.
Why did John Mitchell pick the players he picked? We tell you, and tell you what those guys bring to the table for Friday night's clash with the Maori All Blacks.
(All photos by David Barpal except the photos of Civetta and Campbell.)
After a strong season with the USA 7s team, Nate Augspurger had to swallow the bitter pill of not being chosen for the Olympic squad for Rio.