USA ARC Squad: Who's Active, Who's Waiting?

Eagle Watch: Where Is Mike Te'o?

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Will the USA Men’s team be in mid-season form when the Americas Rugby Championship kicks off in two weeks? 

If they are, it will be because of the work those players are doing behind the scenes. Game time has been a rare thing for many of the athletes called up to the Eagle squad.

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Of the 35 players named by USA head coach Gary Gold, only four could be said to be playing on a regular basis: Nick Civetta, Ben Landry, Duncan Van Schalkwyk, and Will Hooley.

Of those four, Van Schalkwyk has basically just started his college season with Life University, and Hooley missed this past week with an injury. 

Civetta, who started and scored this past week for Doncaster …

And Landry, who has been starting every week for the Ealing Trailfinders, are in England’s 2nd division, The Green King Championship, but are getting game time.

Landry posted this and another photo of him running into Will Hooley at a league game, saying "Always fun to run at friends."

Another ten players have seen a little bit of time lately, mostly in Major League Rugby preseason games, or playing with professional teams where they’ve come on as subs, or played a few weeks ago, but not this past week or two.

This list includes hooker Joe Taufete’e, who had that worrying concussion against Ireland, but who is back on the field for Worcester.

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Six more players are with overseas professional clubs but haven’t seen the field in a meaningful game in recent weeks. That’s not a terrible thing, as these players are still training regularly, but they have not been in games.

Five players are expected to get on the field this coming weekend in their first MLR preseason games. Five more are with teams that are not in season yet, while one more, Samu Manoa, is not with a team now that he has left the Cardiff Blues.

Four more players are coming back from injury - Peter Malcolm, Mike Te’o, Paul Mullen, and AJ MacGinty. All will need to get some game time before joining the Eagles.

So that’s not ideal, with only about 29% of the squad having played anywhere near recently. But, this weekend could make the numbers better. Some of those who are overseas might get some playing time, and that could also include the previously-injured players. Five more should be taking the field in preseason games very soon.

All of this just spells out, again, how difficult it is to assemble the Eagles from various points around the globe. And it shows how the ARC, while an excellent competition that the USA really needs, is also scheduled at a time that’s not ideal if you want players to be in mid-season form.

That’s OK. It’s tough for everyone. But it’s also evidence of how much tougher it still is for Tier 2 nations.

Round 4: Super Rugby Aotearoa/AU Team of the Week

With the Australian Super Rugby teams entering the fold this week, the Super Rugby Team of the Week selection just got a whole lot tougher. There were plenty of great performances over the weekend, and a few names on the sheet that continue to show up week in and week out. 

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MLR Nationality Breakdown By Position: New England Freejacks

The other day I was thinking about fly-halves in the MLR -- since that is my position -- and I got to thinking how few American players there are playing fly-half in Major League Rugby. The only ones I could think of off the top of my head were Ben Cima (SEA), Scott Dean (SEA), Tadgh Leader (NE) and Zinzan Elan-Puttick (AUS) -- and it's worth noting that both Leader and Elan-Puttick grew up playing rugby in Ireland and South Africa respectively. 

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The gifts keep on coming, as Super Rugby AU's new season just got underway this past weekend with two scintillating matchups, while Super Rugby Aotearoa once again dazzled fans. 

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MLR Nationality Breakdown By Position: Houston Sabercats

The other day I was thinking about fly-halves in the MLR -- since that is my position -- and I got to thinking how few American players there are playing fly-half in Major League Rugby. The only ones I could think of off the top of my head were Ben Cima (SEA), Scott Dean (SEA), Tadgh Leader (NE) and Zinzan Elan-Puttick (AUS) -- and it's worth noting that both Leader and Elan-Puttick grew up playing rugby in Ireland and South Africa respectively. 

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TWO UNBEATENS REMAIN: Super Rugby Aotearoa Round 4 Preview

Through three rounds of Super Rugby Aotearoa, it's the Blues and the Crusaders who still remain unbeaten, while the Chiefs and the Hurricanes are still in search of a first victory on the season. The Highlanders, meanwhile, sit at 1-1 after two heart-stopping fixtures against the Chiefs and the Blues. 

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Date Set For New Zealand's North vs South Island Battle

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Could New Zealand Be Hosting The Entire 2020 Rugby Championship?

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The other day I was thinking about fly-halves in the MLR -- since that is my position -- and I got to thinking how few American players there are playing fly-half in Major League Rugby. The only ones I could think of off the top of my head were Ben Cima (SEA), Scott Dean (SEA), Tadgh Leader (NE) and Zinzan Elan-Puttick (AUS) -- and it's worth noting that both Leader and Elan-Puttick grew up playing rugby in Ireland and South Africa respectively. 

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