USA Eagles

USA Rugby eyes future in Pacific Rim, and wants NZ Rugby's help

In an interview with Stuff, USA Rugby chief executive Ross Young has echoed the frustrations of many so-called Tier 2 nations at the lack of a meaningful test programme, and while welcoming the upcoming test against the All Blacks he says New Zealand Rugby's greatest contribution would be using its influence at World Rugby level to push for change.

“We as a union struggle getting connectivity with the American psyche, because we are not playing in a meaningful league competition,” Young said.

USA upset RWC 2015 opponents Japan , Fiji draw with Samoa

The USA Eagles bounced back from a 21-16 defeat by another of Pool B rivals in Samoa last weekend to record a first win over the Brave Blossoms since their meeting at Rugby World Cup 2003 in Australia.

The hosts started brightly, keeping hold of the ball for the majority of the first 20 minutes at Bonney Field, Mike Petri dictating the play with quick ball from the breakdown and causing a frustrated Japanese outfit to concede a number of penalties.