The United States men’s national rugby union team, nicknamed the Eagles, represents the United States in the sport of rugby union. The national team is controlled by USA Rugby, which is a member of Rugby Americas North, one of six regional governing bodies under World Rugby. Until sevens made its debut at the 2016 Rio Games, the United States was the reigning Olympic champion in rugby, having won gold at the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics.
As of 27 June 2016, the Eagles are ranked 17th in the world by the World Rugby Rankings. Their highest ranking, achieved ahead of the 2007 World Cup, was 14th; their lowest ranking was 20th, following a winless campaign in the 2008 Churchill Cup.
The highest profile tournament in which the Eagles play is the Rugby World Cup. The Eagles have played in all but one Rugby World Cup since the tournament began in 1987. The United States has expressed interest in hosting the 2027 Rugby World Cup.
The United States has competed in the Pacific Nations Cup every summer since 2013. Previously, the U.S. has competed in the now-defunct Churchill Cup and the Pan American Championship. In April 2015, USA Rugby announced the creation of a new, annual International Championship to be contested among the top-6 ranked rugby nations in the Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Uruguay and the United States. The contest was named the Americas Rugby Championship and began in 2016.
The 2015 Rugby World Cup cycle
The Eagles played three matches in North America amid the 2012 June universal window. This was a consistent arrangement of universal tests for the United States against Tier 1 (Italy) and Tier 2 (Canada, Georgia) rivals, as the Churchill Cup is did not hold anymore. The highlights of the June tests were a win over higher-positioned Georgia, and a match against Italy at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston that drew a record horde of 17,214. The Eagles additionally played three matches in Europe amid the November 2012 tests. The Eagles completed their European visit with 2 wins (Romania, Russia) and 1 misfortune (Tonga) — the first run through since 1998 that the Eagles had closed an European visit with a triumphant record — and enhanced in positioning from seventeenth to 16th.
USA v. Māori All Blacks at PPL Park (2013).
The USA played five matches amid the June 2013 global test window, with one test coordinate against Ireland and four matches as a feature of the 2013 IRB Pacific Nations Cup. The U.S. begun with aggressive matches against Canada (9-16), Ireland (12-15), and Tonga (9-18), however completed with twofold digit misfortunes against Fiji (10-35) and Japan (20-38), and sliding to #18 in the rankings. In August 2013, the U.S. played a home-and-away arrangement against Canada as a component of meeting all requirements for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The U.S. lost both matches by a total score of 20-40, which means the U.S. must have Uruguay in 2014 as impact of 2015 RWC qualifying. In November 2013, the U.S. lost 19-29 to the Māori All Blacks at PPL Park in Philadelphia before a sold-out horde of 18,500.
All through late 2013 and mid 2014, various U.S. players marked contracts to play professionally abroad. Of the players called into the U.S. national group in March 2014 for two home-and-away 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying matches against Uruguay, 14 of the 26 were playing professionally abroad, with 10 playing professionally in England. The Eagles vanquished Uruguay 59-40 on total more than two tests amid 2014 to fit the bill for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Amid the June 2014 test window, the U.S. played aggressive matches against higher positioned Scotland and Japan, and the test window finished with a 38-35 triumph over Canada. In this way, in November 2014 the Eagles were vanquished 74-6 by New Zealand in a match played before a horde of more than 61,000 onlookers at Soldier Field, Chicago.
The Eagles started a protracted get together in develop to the 2015 Rugby World Cup with the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup. On July 18, group USA dropped the opening PNC coordinate 21-16 to Samoa. The group skiped back to bombshell Japan 23-18. The Eagles, be that as it may, tumbled to Tonga in the last preparatory match for the PNC 33-19. In the subsequent fifth-put coordinate, the Eagles edged opponent Canada 15-13. The triumph was the second sequential over group Canada. After three weeks, Canada and group USA met again in a World Cup warm up coordinate. Interestingly, group USA made a case for a three-coordinate win streak over group Canada in the wake of vanquishing the Canadians 41-23. Continuing headed straight toward the World Cup, group USA went head to head against English Premiership side Harlequins, where the Americans tumbled to the guests 24-19. The Eagles came back to Soldier Field to contend with the #2 positioned Australia Wallabies. The Americans trailed 14-10 at the half. In the second a large portion of, the Wallabies gained by American blunders and pushed the match distant: Australia 47, USA 10.