Sunday, June 24, 2018

Eagles close out perfect June

And now, The World

USA Eagles men's national XV continued their uncompromised 2018, finishing the World Rugby Summer Test Series at 3-0-0 with definitive, 42-17, victory over Canada yesterday at Halifax, Nova Scotia. With every player in the 30-man pool a rugby professional and thus able to concentrate on their game as they perform within the steadily improving 15-man unit, and the guidance and direction of head coach Gary Gold, the Eagles are fluid and effective with reaction-to-event times minimalizing. 

USA is #15 in World Rankings. We are on the move and looking forward. In that action, numbers 14-9 can now be considered within grasp of Eagles long-term talons. Tonga, who is at 14, defeated Fiji (#9) at Suva yesterday, 27-19; so Ikale Tahi will climb on the global chart, but that whole pack, as evidenced by their recent results, is in a pod directly in front of our national men's squad and can now be targeted:

  • #14 Tonga: beat Fiji yesterday, beat Samoa (17), lost to Georgia on June 16; 

  • #13 Italy: split with Japan;

  • #12 Georgia: beat Tonga, lost to Fiji, lost to Japan;

  • #11 Japan: beat Georgia yesterday, beat Italy on the 9th, lost to Italy on the 16th;

  • #10 Argentina: were hammered by the Scots side we beat June 16 yesterday, and dropped a pair to Wales in the first half of the June term;

  • #9 Fiji: lost to Tonga yesterday; beat Georgia, beat Samoa 
Argentina and Tonga are in USA pool in RWC next year along with England and France, so there is a very real possibility that Eagles can finish in the middle of their group thus obviating the need to qualify for 2023 RWC, the Bicentennial of Rugby. 

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