United States national rugby union team
The United States men's national rugby union team represents the United States in men's international rugby union. Nicknamed the Eagles, it is controlled by USA Rugby, the national governing body for the sport of rugby union in the United States. USA Rugby is a member of Rugby Americas North, one of six regional governing bodies under World Rugby. Until rugby returned to Olympic competition, with sevens at the 2016 Rio Games, the United States was the reigning Olympic rugby champion, having defeated the one other competitor in 1920 and the two other competitors at the 1924 Summer Olympics.
|Emblem||American bald eagle|
|Head coach||Gary Gold|
|Most caps||Todd Clever (76)|
|Top scorer||Mike Hercus (465)|
|Top try scorer||Vaea Anitoni (26)|
|World Rugby ranking|
|Current||18 (as of November 15, 2021)|
| United States 8–12 Australia |
(Berkeley, California, U.S.; November 16, 1912)
| United States 91–0 Barbados |
(Santa Clara, California, U.S.; July 1, 2006)
|England 106-8 United States |
(London, England, 21 August 1999)
|Appearances||8 (First in 1987)|
|Best result||Pool stage, 1987, 1991, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019|
As of November 2020[update], the men's Eagles are ranked 16th in the world by the World Rugby Rankings. Their previous highest ranking, achieved ahead of the 2019 World Cup, was 13th; their lowest ranking was 20th, following a winless campaign in the 2008 Churchill Cup.
The highest profile tournament in which the men's Eagles play is the Rugby World Cup. The men's 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 competed in the Pacific Nations Cup every Summer from 2013 to 2015. 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 United States won the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship after drawing with Argentina XV. It was the United States' first 15-a-side rugby union title in over 90 years.