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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Afternoon Notes: Eagles Coaching Search Update, MacGinty Injured

A few notes to pass along this afternoon on the Eagles coaching search, an injury to AJ MacGinty, and more.

Eagles Coaching Search Update

The search for the next Eagles coach has been fairly quiet, which is expected. Applications for the position closed two days ago and from what we understand U.S.A. Rugby is currently in the midst of reviewing and interviewing candidates. No word on who made the list or the schedule of interviews. According to one source we talked to they hoped to have a new coach in place before the holidays.

MacGinty Injures Knee

It's a good thing that the Eagles don't have a match this November if you are an AJ MacGinty fan and were hoping to see him put on the red, white, and blue. MacGinty suffered a tear in his meniscus against Munster last weekend and had surgery on it today. Reports are that he will be out 3-4 weeks. That won't be welcome news for MacGinty who finally looked to be solidifying his place in the Connacht side, even getting his first Pro12 start of the season against Munster. Still, with only a month out he'll still have plenty of time left to make an impact.


  1. they should think to Fabien Galthié

  2. Prediction: Tolkins is re-hired on a two year contract. The Eagles can't afford a major hire and putting aside the Clever debacle Tolkin has had a record about the same as his predecessors. With a professional league and more Eagle matches the bar will be raised and if improvement is not seen he is done. Committing to a longer term than that would be wrong.

  3. I really think it would be a mistake to rehire Tolks. He has no confidence from the rugby community. It would be next to impossible to successfully build up a side when over 90% of the county has zero faith or respect for you. We need new blood.

    1. While I don't disagree with you it begs the question of who else? Maybe this pro league will help develop coaching talent but in all honesty the list of coaches that have international experience as well as familiarity with the in's and out's of the American rugby landscape is pretty scant. Eddie O'sullivan was unique in that he did have both and frankly he was doing a pretty good job building the Eagles into a useful side. But the American rugby public pretty much demanded an American coach so Tolkin was groomed for the job. If it was me I would take a look at Andre Snyman. Former Springbok, some Eagle 7's coaching experience, doing a good job in Denver. I suspect he will either be the PRO rugby coach out there or maybe he is interested in the Eagles position. We will find out soon enough ...

    2. who else?

      Snyman, Keeler, Payne, Tim Lewis, Osborne are just some names I would throw in the hat...