Three More Join Eagle Men's Squad

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USA Men’s National 15s head coach Gary Gold has added three more players to the Eagles squad for Chicago.

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Tony Purpura returns to the fold at prop. The former University of Maine standout is a big rock of a player who will be there to add scrum and maul power.

Nate Brakeley, who played his high school rugby at St. John’s in Massachusetts and then was an All American at Dartmouth (before earning his Cambridge Blue), is a smart, versatile forward who can line up as a lock or at blindside flanker. Tall and strong, he defends well and is useful in the lineout.

Mika Kruse was a High School All American while at Bullard HS in Northern California. His younger brother, Isaiah, just played for the USA at the Youth Olympics. Kruse the older (and there are two more younger brothers, by the way) came to notice back in 2015 https://www.goffrugbyreport.com/news/bullard-finds-way-compete-tough-norcal-dii

He is a very elusive flyhalf/center who, at 20, was a key component of the Glendale Raptors MLR team. While the USA Selects didn’t play particularly well at the Americas Pacific Challenge, Kruse, who got a start against Argentina XV, was electric.

The selections are mostly about depth. Purpura fleshes out the front row; Brakeley can cover a large chunk of the pack; Kruse is adept at 10, 12, 13 and possibly more thanks to his quickness and skill set, and bravery in defense.

As FloRugby has said before, the USA is a little light in the centers, so who patrols the midfield will be an ongoing question.

Watch: World School 7s on FloRugby

Tune in tomorrow and Friday to see some of the best young talent in the United States and Canada take on the the top nations in the world at the World School's 7s tournament in New Zealand. 

Men's Collegiate Championships Dream Team

This past weekend we saw a bunch of high quality rugby players compete at the USA Rugby Fall Collegiate Championships. 

Iowa Central Claim 1st Ever DI-AA Title

On Sunday morning in sunny Charlotte, NC, Iowa Central Community College completed a journey five years in the making by defeating Western Michigan in the DIAA national championship, 36-21.

Air Force Women Are Back-to-Back Champs

In what might have been the hardest-hitting game of the weekend, Air Force held off a determined Navy team to win their second straight national title. 

Redemption & National Title For Winona State

Winona State fought through two extremely tough games to become the 2019 DII National Champions. 

Queens Dominate To Win National Title

Queens were simply ruthless over the weekend, as they put in two dominant displays en route to winning their first ever national championship just two-and-a-half years into their existence. 

Men's DII Collegiate Semifinal Preview

The men's DII collegiate field will be trimmed from its last four teams to its last two on Saturday, when Wisconsin-Whitewater, Missouri S&T, Norwich University, and Queens University compete in the DII semifinals. 

DIAA National Championship Preview

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So different, yet so alike are Western Michigan and Iowa Central Community College. 

Women's DII Collegiate Semifinal Preview

Four teams remain standing in Women's DII rugby this fall, and by Sunday afternoon there will be just one. 

Schedule: USAR Fall College Championships

This weekend we reach the conclusion of what's been a highly competitive fall campaign of rugby across four divisions - Men's DIAA, Women's DI, and Men's and Women's DII.