Location for 2019 USA Rugby College Sevens National Championship Announced

The location for USA Rugby’s 2019 Collegiate 7s National Championships have been finalized, with Tucson’s Kino Sports complex playing host on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26.  There will be a up to 64 teams competing across various divisions- marking the largest field of teams competing in the history of the tournament. Tickets now available.

“The largest field in tournament history presents an exciting and great opportunity for College Rugby,” said USA Rugby’s Senior Events Manager, Competitions- James Wilber. “We are excited about visiting Tucson for this year’s championships, Kino Sports Complex has proven themselves time and time again to be a facility more than capable of handling and producing events of the highest caliber. We look forward to working with them on creating another memorable event.”

The Kino Sports Complex is no stranger to hosting marquee rugby events, having hosted both the Women’s Premier League (WPL) Championship weekend and the PAC 7s tournament in 2017.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming in such a great event to the city of Tucson,” noted Sean Duffy Bid Organizer and University of Arizona’s Head Coach . “We’re incredibly grateful to be working with such tremendous partners like Visit Tucson and Kino Sports Complex. With our recent history of hosting events like PAC Rugby Sevens as well as the hosting of Fiji Sevens training camp last year, the city is on the rise. It is going to be a special weekend and we look forward to creating a great event for all teams involved as we continue to grow the sport here and show people our vibrant, developing city.” 

The Championships will see a slightly different format to what they have experienced in the past. The women’s side will add a division of competition. For the women, they will see eight teams compete in the Elite Division, eight teams compete in D1 and eight teams compete in D2. The Elite Division will be a combination of D1 Elite and NIRA, while D1 and D2 competitions will be made of teams within the respective divisions.

The weekend kicks off with men’s pool games Friday May 24, and the championship rounds played on Saturday May 25. Women’s fixtures begin May 25, with their championships hosted on Sunday May 26.

Application for sanctioning as an automatic qualifying tournament is currently open and tournaments can apply here.Deadline for applications is April 5.  The Men’s and Women’s Divisional Competition Committees will determine which conference or regional tournaments will be automatic qualifiers.

For more information, as it becomes available, on the qualifying teams visit the College 7s Website.

Men's Eagles name roster to face Argentina XV in match two of Americas Rugby Championship 2019

RIO NEGRO, ARG. – The USA Men’s Eagles (15s) have named their match-day 23 to face two-time runners-up Argentina XV in the second round of the Americas Rugby Championship 2019 this Saturday, Feb 9 at 3 PM ET, LIVE on FloRugby.

Saturday’s lineup features a cumulative total of 356 test caps with 12 of the 23 players having played in last year’s first ever win over Argentina XV. Eagles Head Coach Gary Gold has made one change from the previous week’s roster with Dylan Fawsitt in at reserve for James Hilterbrand.

The USA saw nine players combine for 11 tries last week in a sizzling 71-7 victory over the Chileans while flyhalf AJ MacGinty claimed a hat trick with three of his own. MacGinty also made five conversions, bringing his final tally to 25 points where he earned ARC 2019 Player of the Week honors.

Hooker Joe Taufete’e was in good form as well, scoring his 15th try to tie Irish veteran Keith Wood as the highest scoring front row forward in test match rugby history. Taufete’e is only one try away from breaking the record though Saturday’s match won’t count as Argentina XV play as a secondary national side. Similarly, test caps will not be awarded for the game.

Already making a name for himself, Tadhg Leader came off the bench last week to score a try and kick his own conversion in his debut with the national team. Leader is also Captain of the New England Free Jacks of Major League Rugby and previously led San Diego Legion to the inaugural MLR playoffs.

In the absence of Blaine Scully (injury) wing Marcel Brache continues his tremendous leadership as Captain. Brache led the USA to their first bonus point victory of the competition last week.

Head Coach Gary Gold said: “Argentina XV will be a massive physical challenge for us this week, not only at the breakdowns but also they have a strong set piece. It’ll be important for us to keep our penalty count low as good discipline is extremely crucial in tight games. Consistency is also a critical factor in both our preparation and the way we assemble our team from week to week. We’re confident not only in the 23 players named to this roster but also that the contributions made by the guys not named will play a huge role in our efforts this week.”

The Eagles and Argentinians have faced each other three times in the ARC; the first two meetings resulted in a draw while USA claimed the first victory just last year. Since the inception of the Americas Rugby Championship at the senior level, the United States and Argentina XV have each either been champions or runners-up every tournament. The Americans have won the last two titles with Argentina XV winning the first in 2016.

The Argentinians will be buzzing from their own 54-3 bonus point defeat of Brazil last week. Both USA and Argentina XV sit atop the tournament standings with five points apiece.

Following Saturday’s battle, the tournament will pause for a bye week before the Eagles return for three consecutive matches on home soil. The team will face Brazil (Feb 23) in Austin, TX, as well as Uruguay (Mar 2) and rival-Canada (Mar 8) in Seattle, WA. Tickets are available at usarugby.org/tickets.

All Men’s Eagles matches of the Americas Rugby Championship 2019 may be streamed live on FloRugby exclusively in the USA.

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Men’s Eagles Starting Roster | USA vs Argentina XV 

Player Position Club Caps
1. Titi Lamositele Prop Saracens (ENG) 27
2. Joe Taufete’e Hooker Worcester Warriors (ENG) 20
3. Dino Waldren Prop London Scottish (ENG) 16
4. Greg Peterson Lock Bordeaux Bégles (FRA) 21
5. Nick Civetta Lock Doncaster Knights (ENG) 19
6. John Quill Flanker Rugby United New York 30
7. Hanco Germishuys Flanker Glendale Raptors 12
8. Cam Dolan No. 8 NOLA Gold 41
9. Shaun Davies Scrumhalf Glendale Raptors 20
10. AJ MacGinty Flyhalf Sale Sharks (ENG) 21
11. Marcel Brache (C) Wing Western Force (AUS) 13
12. Paul Lasike Center Harlequins (ENG) 10
13. Bryce Campbell Center London Irish (ENG) 22
14. Gannon Moore Wing Utah Warriors 3
15. Will Magie Fullback Glendale Raptors 20

Men’s Eagles Reserves | USA vs Argentina XV 

Player Position Club Caps
16. Dylan Fawsitt Reserve Rugby United New York  7
17. Chance Wenglewski Reserve Lindenwood University 2
18. Paul Mullen Reserve Houston SaberCats 7
19. Nate Brakeley Reserve Rugby United New York 16
20. Tevita Tameilau Reserve Glasgow Warriors (SCO) 13
21. Ruben de Haas Reserve Free State Cheetahs (RSA) 8
22. Tadhg Leader Reserve New England Free Jacks 1
23. Dylan Audsley Reserve San Diego Legion 7

USA Men’s Eagles Staff

Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Backs & Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Forwards | Shawn Pittman
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Mark Sakr (Chile, Argentina Uruguay, Canada)
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Team Manager | Chris Hanson

Americas Rugby Championship 2019 Schedule & Results

LIVE on FloRugby in the United States

vs Chile | 71-8 (W)

Saturday, Feb 9
vs Argentina XV | 3 PM ET
Rio Negro, ARG


Saturday, Feb 23
vs Brazil | 7:10 PM CT
Dell Diamond, Austin, TX
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Saturday, Mar 2
vs Uruguay | 7:10 PM PT
Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA
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Friday, Mar 8
vs Canada | 7:10 PM PT
Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA
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About the Americas Rugby Championship

The Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) is an international, round-robin competition at the test level which features six competing teams from North and South America including Argentina XV, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Uruguay and USA. All matches contested in the ARC count for rankings points and test caps with the exception of those played against Argentina XV who compete as a secondary national team. Originally introduced as a development tournament, the Americas Rugby Championship began operating at the senior international level in 2016 where Argentina XV (who remained as part of the setup) claimed the inaugural championship and USA took runners-up. USA are currently reigning champions having won both the 2017 and 2018 ARC with Argentina XV runners-up in both years.

ARC Points Structure

Win – 4 points
Draw – 2 points
Loss – 0 points

Scoring 4+ tries – 1 point
Losing by 7 or fewer points – 1 point

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Pacific South Recap: Teams Bounce Back After Early Losses

Men’s Division I:

Santa Monica was able to continue their hot start to the Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP) season, with tightly fought win over San Francisco Golden Gate. Max Rodman’s boot proved to be the difference between the two clubs, as the flyhalf was responsible for 11 of the teams 16 points. The Dolphins moving to 2-0 on the season thanks to the narrow, 16-14, win. Old Mission Beach (OMBAC) was on the wrong end of a shootout against Life West, 59-30. OMBAC raced out to an early 10-0 lead just three minutes into the game, but the Gladiators stormed back scoring 14 unanswered. OMBAC answered back before half to take the lead 23-21, but Life West crossed again before half leaving the scoreboard reading, 28-23 as the teams went into the sheds. The gladiators came out storming early in the second half and buffered their lead to the eventual 29 point margin of victory thanks to a try after injury time. Belmont Shore recovered after a disappointing loss in the first round to squeeze out a tight fought win over the Glendale Merlins, who remain winless in their first season back in the PRP.


Women’s Division II:

The Las Vegas Slots landed an impressive win over San Fernando Valley Rugby 50-5. Jeruscha Ako got the proceedings underway for the Slots, scoring two tries in four minutes. By the 34th minute, she had managed to secure her hat-trick. From there the try scoring duties were taken over by Haylee Holsclaw. The inside center managed to secure a brace in the space of 24 minutes. With the win, the Slots are only now one point behind Old Pueblo lightning for the lead in Division II play.

Men’s Division III:

The only action in the Pacific South’s men’s division III competition saw the Arizona pool play two games. In the first encounter, the closer of the two, had Scottsdale Blues come out on top of the Northern Arizona Landsharks 19-0. Las Vegas Irish D3 beat Old Pueblo Lions in convincing fashion, 70-0. It was a complete team effort as nine different players crossed the whitewash for the Irish on the day.


Men’s Division IV:

In men’s division IV play, Fullerton took sole possession of first place, after knocking off Riverside Rugby- who in addition to Fullerton had been sitting in first at the start of the weekend. Riverside will be able to make up for lost ground with a strong showing against Dead Rabbits next weekend.

Pacific North Recap: PRP Leaderboard Sees Fresh Faces

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After a lop-sided home opening loss last week, San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG) looked to this weekend to not get into a home-field deficit.  Visiting Santa Monica Dolphins would have something to say about that.  SFGG hooker Neill Barret would score a quick try, but then give the Dolphins the opportunity for penalty kicks.  Santa Monica Flyhalf Maxwell Rodman would split the uprights twice to make it a one-point game.  Prior to the half, the Dolphins would add 7 more and gain the lead 7-13.  Rodman would add 3 more at the start of the 2nd half, and SFGG would answer with a converted try.  Both sides would lock in defensively with neither side budging, when SFGG would make it harder for themselves going a man down for the remaining 10 minutes due to a yellow card.  Santa Monica would not be able to capitalize on the man advantage, but stayed physical on defense, to narrowly triumph 16-14.  In an early battle for first place, Life West Gladiators hosted Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC).  OMBAC would quickly go up 10-0 in under five minutes.  Any momentum OMBAC had was quickly stifled by 2 consecutive Gladiator tries.  The two teams would trade scores and the lead before going into half with the home team only retaking the lead as time expired to make it 28-23.  The second half was all Life West, as they kept the energy level up and fought to a 52-23 lead. Both sides would add a converted try in injury time and Life West would gain another bonus point with the 59-30 win to gain the top spot in the standings.  Glendale Merlins travelled to Belmont Shore Rugby in a wet defensive battle.  Belmont Shore held onto the only 3 points of the game until Glendale put up 7 right before the half.  The score would remain 3-7 until Belmont had a late game 15 point surge, gaining victory, 18-7.

Northern California Men’s Division II:

Santa Rosa Rugby hosted Sacramento Capitals and got off to a fairly quick start with a five-pointer at five minutes.  A pair of yellow cards for both teams would slow the play down, but Santa Rosa would be able to add to their lead 15-0 at the half.  Santa Rosa would double their score in the second half, almost keep the capitals off the board until a try by Desi Streater in the final minute to bring the final score to 31-5.  San Francisco Golden Gate D2 (SFGG D2) travelled to Vacaville Old Dogs who are still on the hunt for their first win.  Vacaville would be plagued with a yellow card early on, but SFGG D2 would not be able to capitalize.  SFGG D2  jumped ahead with a pair of tries and both would add more at the end of the half with SFGG in the lead 7-19.  SFGG extended their lead right off the whistle, but allowed the Old Dogs to claw their way back to within 3 points with 17 minutes left in the game.  Vacaville would not be allowed a comeback and SFGG would put the game away with another 7, sealing the victory 21-31.  Olympic Club Rugby hosted Diablo Old Gaels in a home game that was all Olympic Club.  Olympic Club would dominate the first half, keeping Diablo scoreless 19-0.  Diablo would further suffer a yellow card in the second half, which aided Olympic Club to add on points.  Diablo would have the last two tries in the match, but the effort was too little, too late as Olympic Club would easily prevail 33-10.  Bay Area Baracus travelled to Life West Gladiators D2 in search for their first win.  Baracus would get the scoring started early with a penalty kick, but it wouldn’t take long before Life West would answer back with 7.  Baracus scrumhalf would add another 3, to bring the game to a one point deficit, but would find out that you can’t trade penalty kicks for tries as they were down 24-6 at the half.  Both teams would add a try early on in the second half, but the remainder of the game would be a defensive back and forth until Life West found an answer and added 7 to their tally.  Life West’s defense softened a little in the end, allowing 2 Baracus tries.  It wasn’t enough and the Gladiators claimed the win 36-23.


Northern California Men’s Division III-A

Silicon Valley Rugby failed to find an answer for the visiting Chico Mighty Oaks and were scoreless in a 0-31 loss, their first of the season.  Olympic Club Rugby D3 hosted San Joaquin-Stanislaus Rugby.  After being down 0-17 late in the first half, Olympic Club would rally from behind twice in the game and ultimately win on a late try by eight-man David Rosario 29-24.  Berkeley Rugby would shut out Google Rugby 17-0, while league leaders Napa Valley maintained their dominance on the road against Fresno Rugby20-49

Northern California Men’s Division III-B

Diablo Olde Gael D3 travelled to San Francisco and cleared out the fog 7-61 behind a five try performance from #13 David Onyike.  Jesters Rugby visited Shasta Highlanders and played to a 12-12 draw, with no points in the second half.

South Recap: True South and Carolinas/Georgia Springs to Life Saturday, Join Florida's Rugby Action

Women’s Division II:

While the men’s sides in Carolinas/Georgia and True South resumed play Saturday, the women left Florida’s teams to take over all of the news for one last weekend.

The Tampa Bay Krewe blasted the Indian River Raptors Saturday, shutting out Indian River 95-0. 

About 90 minutes up Interstate Four, Fort Miami played a much closer contest against the Orlando Griffins.  Fort Miami won the game 22 to 12.

Men’s Division II:


In the north, the Greenville Griffins and Southern Pines RFC contest resulted in a tie, with a final score of 26 to 26.  Southern Pines held a 14 to 0 lead at the half, but Greenville caught up with Southern Pines in the second half.

In the south, Atlanta Old White hosted their crosstown rivals, the Atlanta Renegades.  The contest ended with a win for the home team, with the Old White defeating the Renegades 21 to 17.  Conversions were the difference, as Old White successfully converted all three of their tries; while the Renegades only went one for three in conversion attempts.


The Boca Raton Buccaneers beat Miami Rugby 48-16. The Tampa Bay Krewe defeated the Naples Hammerheads 21-0.

True South

The True South’s Northern Clubs took one last Saturday off before joining their South teams this upcoming Saturday.

New Orleans Rugby defeated Baton Rouge Rugby, 40-7. 

The Birmingham Vulcans played host for the Montgomery Yellowhammers.  In the end, Birmingham won by a sizeable margin, 55-21.

Men’s Division III

In Men’s Division III the Carolinas Conference, the Asheville Iguanas defeated Triad Rugby 30-24.  Asheville capitalized three tries, three conversions, and three penalty kicks.  The Triad Rugby also scored three tries and three conversions, but only one penalty kick.


Further south, in Florida, there were three contests.

The Gainesville Hogs defeated the Tampa Bay Krewe’s D3 side 27- 6. 

Also, in Florida, the Brevard Red Eye rolled over Indian River’s Raptors 67 to 11.  Brevard scored 11 tries and six conversions, while limiting Indian River to just two converted tries. 

Wrapping up Florida’s Division III, the Sarasota Surge scored just one penalty kick, but that nonetheless gave Sarasota a 3 to 0 win over the Saint Petersburg Pelicans.

In Georgia, the Division III sides of same two Atlanta rivals, the Renegades and the Old White, also engaged in action on Saturday, but with opposite results.  The Renegades won by a 24-11.

Also, in Georgia Saturday, the Augusta Maddogs won a rather unusual 43-35 game against the High Country RFC, with each team being awarded a penalty try.

The Savannah Shamrocks mauled the Gwinnett Lions 101-3.

USA Rugby's National Teams log massive weekend with two medals and eight individual achievements

USA Rugby has recorded a massive weekend in international competition with eleven achievements across three national teams in sevens and fifteens.
From Thursday, Jan 31 to Sunday, Feb 3 the United States won two medals in rugby sevens, sealed a 71-8 road victory against Chile in rugby fifteens and saw eight players claim individual benchmarks on the world stage.
In the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series — the main route for qualification to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 — Team USA’s Men’s and Women’s Eagles Sevens both finished on the podium.
The Men’s Sevens made history by winning their fourth straight Silver medal at the HSBC Sydney Sevens tournament and are now the only men’s team to medal at every competition this season. USA remains tied at No. 1 in the World with 2018 World Cup Champions New Zealand. The team has now maintained it’s No. 1 ranking all season, having never reached or maintained such a high position in previous seasons.
2016 Olympians Folau Niua and Carlin Isles set their own unique marks with Niua becoming USA’s most capped sevens player at 63 tournaments and Isles surpassing 150 career tries.
In total, two Men’s Sevens players made the coveted tournament Dream Team in 2016 Olympic Captain Madison Hughes and Stephen Tomasin. Five USA sevens players have made the Dream Team in the last two competitions.
On the women’s side, the United States won a Bronze medal at the same HSBC Sydney Sevens tournament, tying their record for most medals won in a single season. The women are now ranked No. 2 in the world with only three tournaments remaining in their Olympic qualifying year.
USA player Naya Tapper set a record of her own when she scored her 65th try and passed 2016 Olympian Victoria Folayan as the Women’s Eagles Sevens all-time leading try scorer. New player Kristi Kirshe also shattered expectations by scoring five tries in her first tournament with the national team. Previously a star soccer player at Williams College, Kirshe has been playing rugby for less than a year.
While USA’s rugby sevens teams currently sit at No. 1 and No. 2 in the world, the U.S. Men’s National Team in fifteens opened their World Cup year with a smashing result.
On Saturday, in the Americas Rugby Championship 2019, the Men’s Eagles defeated Chile 71-8 on the road to open their quest for a third straight title in the biggest rugby fifteens tournament in North America. The Eagles scored 11 tries in the game and are currently ranked a record-high No. 12 in the world.
The ARC tournament serves as critical preparation for Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 kicking off this September. On the men’s side, Rugby World Cup is the third-largest single-sporting event in the world.
During the match, USA player Joe Taufete’e tied the international test record for most tries scored by a front row forward. Taufete’e is now one try away from breaking the record (15 tries) currently shared with veteran Irish player Keith Wood.
Where Wood set the mark in 63 appearances, Taufete’e has matched it in only 20 appearances with USA. The athlete is 26 years old and began playing rugby at age 18.
Alongside Taufete’e, Eagles player AJ MacGinty was named Americas Rugby Championship Player of the Week for the three times he soared across the tryline to nail a hat trick in the victory over Chile.
The Men’s Eagles in fifteens will face Argentina XV in the second round of the Americas Rugby Championship 2019 this Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3 PM ET. Following the match, the team will rest for a bye week before coming home for three consecutive matches in Austin and Seattle to close out the tournament. Tickets for home games against Brazil (Feb 23), Uruguay (Mar 2) and rival-Canada (Mar 8) are available at usarugby.org/tickets. All USA games will be broadcast LIVE on FloRugby.
The Men’s Eagles Sevens will next compete at HSBC USA Sevens in Las Vegas, Mar 1-3. Last year, the team made history by winning their first-ever gold medal on home soil at the tournament. Tickets are available at usasevens.com/las-vegas/tickets with all games broadcast LIVE on ESPN+.
The Women’s Eagles Sevens will next compete at HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens in Japan, April 20-21 (local time). All matches are broadcast LIVE on facebook.com/worldrugby7s.

Red River Recap: Blowouts Aplenty in Quiet Weekend

Men’s Division I:
2019 is shaping up to be another two-horse race in Red River’s Men’s Division I competition, with the Austin Blacks and Dallas Rugby both exerting their dominance over the rest of the league. Saturday saw the Blacks cruise to a 91-3 victory over San Antonio Rugby; where replacement wing, Preston Weigel  managed to score a hat-trick despite being on the field for only 40 minutes.  Dallas landed an equally impressive win over the West Houston Lions, taking them down 71-0. Three players for the Reds, Darrien Pipkins, Chad Joseph and Jake Campey, scored braces on their way to securing the victory. Dallas enjoys a bye, while the Blacks will face the Lions this weekend before the two meet for their first game of the season.


Women’s Division I:

It was a routine outing for the Austin Valkyries against the Dallas Harlequins, as they were able to win their first game of the season 60-0. Sierra Jenkins was a major part of the win crossing the line three times on the day to help secure the win.


Men’s Division II:

The Austin Blacks’ D2 squad made it two from two on the day when they took down Dallas Athletic in emphatic style, 64-8. Leading the efforts for Austin were lock Tim Barton and flyhalf Diego Sotelo. Barton got a hat-trick in the first half and Sotelo was able to do damage with both the boot and ball in hand, scoring 19 points on the day. In the other game that took place, the Dallas Harlequins D2 survived a shootout with Fort Worth Rugby, 61-43. In what was a true team effort six different players crossed the line for the Harlequins; while Andrew Audet did his best to keep fort worth in the fixture with a hat-trick, but it wasn’t enough.


Women’s Division II:

The Little Rock Stormers got their second win in as many weeks against Dallas Rugby, this time beating them by 50 points. Leading the way, again, for the Little Rock was Abby Vestal- who scored 20 of the team’s 50 points. Also contributing to the cause were Kristina Hickmon and Zenobia Bowman, who both scored two tries in the contest.


Men’s Division III:

In Division III play, Dallas Rugby D3 more than doubled the score of their opposition as they came away with their encounter against Shreveport with a 36-15 victory. Bentley Alsup was the hat-trick hero with wing Brandon Davis not too far behind, bagging himself a brace. Houston United D3 landed a dominating win over the Woodlands D3 squad, 64-14. Three players scored two tries for HURT D3, Liam Slaven, Baidy Racine and Nathan Cash.


Men’s Division IV:

Fort Worth D4 ran rampant over the Dallas Diablos. John Ely was the pick of the try scorers crossing the line three times in the contest. Grand Prairie Mavericks D4 and the Tyler Hoplites met for the second time this season, and there was a reversal in outcome. The Mavericks D4 were able to establish an early 24 point lead and never looked back, eventually winning 36-14.

USA Rugby announces Road to 2021 Campaign for Women's National Team 15s

  • Women’s National Team addresses three key issues in Campaign plan for Rugby World Cup 2021 New Zealand
  • Launch of set calendar infrastructure accounts for all 12 months of the year
  • Two competition windows included alongside a regionalized training program
  • More time for coaches and players to meet together and interact
  • Tiered player pool structure to be announced in the coming weeks

LAFAYETTE, CO. – USA Rugby has today announced its campaign plan to help the Women’s National Team 15s maximize potential at Rugby World Cup New Zealand 2021. Following a comprehensive review throughout 2018, Women’s High Performance staff have identified and addressed key issues to put the program and its players in the best possible position to succeed.
With the first step of hiring a full time Head Coach fulfilled when Rob Cain was appointed in May, the program acknowledged three additional important needs: a set annual structure which includes more competition windows and a clear outline of development, opportunity and assembly periods; more time for players and coaches to meet together and interact; as well as a tiered player pool structure to increase transparency and streamline resources.
To fill these needs, the Women’s National Team program will launch three initiatives in the beginning of 2019 that will span the duration of the 2021 World Cup cycle. Additional programming will be layered in eight months prior to the competition in New Zealand.
Beginning this month, an annual calendar will be put into motion which accounts for all 12 months of the year and includes periods for preseason, development, two competition windows and offseason.
Competition windows will feature an increased number of test matches with teams ranked higher than USA before they meet at the World Cup in 2021. Also included are games that sit between the domestic club level (Women’s Premier League) and the international test level termed as “Club Plus” matches, played as developmental Women’s Selects games.
January through March will serve as a preseason with April and May set as development and opportunity windows. The first of the two competition windows will run in early summer.
August will give staff and players time to review before another development and opportunity window spans September and October alongside the Women’s Premier League and collegiate fall seasons. The final competition window will kickoff in November after which December will be an offseason period to again review and reset.

To address the second key need, the program will re-introduce a Regional Training Program aimed specifically at increasing interactions between coaches and players outside of competition.
The Regional Training Program will be a two-fold supportive process, consisting of both Regional Training Centers and Regional Training Weekends. Centers are strategically placed at five locations across the United States in areas where a high concentration of players reside. There, coaches and athletes will meet one-on-one for a set number of hours during preseason to work on individual areas and development of core skills under pressure. All players within the tiered pool structure, including age-grade athletes, will attend sessions at Regional Training Centers.
Regional Training Weekends will be held on four different occasions in March and again in October where larger sets of players and coaches will meet together for a full weekend. During weekends, players will put individual skills developed at Training Centers into practice within bigger groups. The program will use Training Weekends to evaluate which athletes should be invited to high performance camps and full competitions thereafter.
In addressing the final need for the program, the Women’s National Team will soon reveal a tiered player pool structure that includes integration with the Women’s Sevens Residency program. The structure will include three levels with a top Performance Pool that is consistent in status with a Performance Pool to be announced for the Men’s National Team 15s. All three levels will receive support from Women’s High Performance, however support and accountability will be highest for the top Performance Pool.
General Manager for Women’s High Performance, Emilie Bydwell said: “2018 was an important year for the Women’s 15s as it allowed us to reflect and set a platform for the 2021 World Cup Campaign. Women’s 15s has unique challenges, different from the other three national teams as the program does not have an annual competition structure like the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series or the Men’s 15s Americas Rugby Championship.
“In conjunction with World Rugby’s hard work to advance Women’s 15s competitions, we believe it is a priority to establish a yearlong infrastructure and communicate it to our players and community. While increasing test matches is critical, it can only be one pillar of our strategy. We need a plan that underpins the match schedule to truly maximize the opportunity of those additional fixtures.
We believe that this strategy will allow our program to make the necessary progress in these two crucial development years of 2019 and 2020. Next we will be rolling out a similar infrastructure for our age-grade program that aligns and feeds into the senior plan.”
Though 2019 budgets and resources have been allocated to support the annual calendar and Regional Training Program, fundraising is still necessary to execute all facets of the plan. While the program has worked tirelessly to create a stable infrastructure, financial constraints remain a daily challenge. As USA Rugby commits to this Campaign plan for the next three years, financial support from the community will be critical to ensure assemblies take place as outlined.
To assist the program in its endeavor to not only prepare well for Rugby World Cup New Zealand 2021, but to achieve its goal of finishing as a Top 2 team, click here.
For upcoming news and information about the Women’s National Team 15s, click here.

Women’s Eagles Road to 2021 Annual Calendar

January – March | Preseason

  • Midwest Regional Training Weekend | March 9-10
  • West Regional Training Weekend | March 16-17
  • Pacific Regional Training Weekend | March 23-24
  • Atlantic Regional Training Weekend | March 30-31

April – May | Development Camp & Opportunity Window

  • Women’s High Performance Development Camp | April 20-28
  • Women’s High Performance Development Camp | May 15-25


June – July | Competition Window


August | Break


September – October | Development Camp & Opportunity Window

  • Regional Training Weekend | dates TBA


November | Competition Window


December | Program Review and Reset

*Exact assembly dates subject to change

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Head Coach Gary Gold and Men's Eagles attend Florida High School rugby match

Gary Gold and his Men’s Eagles team practiced in Fort Lauderdale, FL before journeying to South America for the Americas Rugby Championship tournament. On Saturday, Jan 26, Head Coach Gary Gold, Team Manager Chris Hanson, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Huw Bevan, flyhalf A.J. MacGinty, and Marcel Brache (serving as Eagles Captain with Blaine Scully out with injury) traveled to Sharks Field in Jupiter, FL to watch a high school match between the Jupiter Sharks and the Boca Raton Junior Buccaneers.
Before kick-off, Gold addressed the players, coaches and the parents with words of encouragement for youth rugby in the USA. MacGinty and Brache chatted with the reserve players on the sideline during the match, which left quite an impression on the young ruggers.

When asked what could be done to improve youth rugby in the USA, Gold’s first response was that youth rugby leagues should be playing touch rugby, not tackle, until the players are teenagers. He said that young USA ruggers needed more work on the fundamentals of passing, pass catching, use of space and teamwork. Gold said he had no worries about American tackling as that seems to come naturally.
Currently, in the Florida Youth Rugby Union, the boys teams start tackle rugby at the under 9 ages and that continues through all age groups. As a result of Coach Gold’s remarks, the union will be considering a possible change to the International FIT Touch Rugby rules for their under 9 through under 13 teams for the 2020 season.
Head Coach Gary Gold and the Eagles were great ambassadors for USA Rugby and their visit and advice will be remembered a long time by the Sharks and the Buccaneers.

Americas Rugby Championship opens with wins for USA, Argentina XV and Uruguay

The fourth edition of the Americas Rugby Championship got underway in exciting fashion this weekend with victories for reigning champions USA, Argentina XV and Uruguay.

The USA Eagles, ranked a record high twelfth in the world following an impressive 2018, continued their fine form by recording an emphatic 11 try, 71-8 victory over Chile in Santiago. Argentina XV also made a winning start after overcoming visitors Brazil 54-3 in Neuquen.

The final match of the opening weekend saw Uruguay, who played much of the match with 14 men, snatch a dramatic 20-17 win over Canada with the last play of a hard-fought encounter in Montevideo.


Uruguay will take on Chile in round two on Friday, February 8 in Montevideo, while Brazil will host Canada the following day with both teams looking for their first victories of the competition.

The big clash of the weekend will see USA travel to face Argentina XV on Saturday with both teams looking to build on their opening round victories.


The Americas Rugby Championship, which runs during the same international window as the Six Nations Championship, provides a vital platform for the top teams in South and North America to showcase their growing presence in international rugby.

Staged for the first time in a Rugby World Cup year, the Americas Rugby Championship takes on added significance for Rugby World Cup qualified nations Argentina, Uruguay, USA and Canada, who will be looking to build on their preparations towards Japan 2019.


About the Americas Rugby Championship

The Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) is an international, round-robin competition at the test level which features six competing teams from North and South America including Argentina XV, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Uruguay and USA. All matches contested in the ARC count for rankings points and test caps with the exception of those played against Argentina XV who compete as a secondary national team. Originally introduced as a development tournament, the Americas Rugby Championship began operating at the senior international level in 2016 where Argentina XV (who remained as part of the setup) claimed the inaugural championship and USA took runners-up. USA are currently reigning champions having won both the 2017 and 2018 ARC with Argentina XV runners-up in both years.

ARC Points Structure

Win – 4 points
Draw – 2 points
Loss – 0 points

Scoring 4+ tries – 1 point
Losing by 7 or fewer points – 1 point

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