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.

United States of America
Nickname(s)Eagles
EmblemBald eagle
UnionUSA Rugby
Head coachGary Gold
CaptainBryce Campbell
Most capsTodd Clever (76)
Top scorerMike Hercus (465)
Top try scorerVaea Anitoni (26)
Home stadiumVarious
First colors
Second colors
World Rugby ranking
Current18 (as of March 22, 2022)
Highest12 (2018, 2019)
Lowest20 (2008)
First international
 United States 8–12 Australia 
(California, U.S.; November 16, 1912)
Biggest win
 United States 91–0 Barbados 
(California, U.S.; July 1, 2006)
Biggest defeat
England  106–8 United States 
(London, England, August 21, 1999)
World Cup
Appearances8 (First in 1987)
Best resultPool stage (1987, 1991, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019)
Medal record
Websiteusa.rugby/mens-eagles

As of November 2020, the men's Eagles are ranked 16th in the world by the World Rugby Rankings.[1] 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 is hosting the 2031 Rugby World cup.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.


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