Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Eagles November Tests Coming Into Focus

Now that the Eagles Summer Series is over attention is being turned to what's next for the team. There are not matches scheduled until November where the team will host the Maori All Blacks before going on a tour of Europe. The match against the Maori All Blacks on November 4th has been known for awhile but TIAR has also learned that the Eagles will be playing Romania in Romania and Tonga in Europe (location TBD) on the tour. It should be stressed that things can change until the matches are formally announced.

There will be only three total matches instead of four. Apparently the fourth match was going to be a match against an invitational side like the French Barbarians or RFU Championship XV (something like that) but it's felt that doesn't accomplish the overall goals of the program. Fans will certainly be disappointed not to have a fourth match but you can see where coaches might be conceded about having games of the sake of having games.

In addition to the tour the U.S. will have a camp in October to get ready for November. They will also release sometime in the near future and update Eagles Extended Training Squad based on the results of the last six months.


  1. No Tier 1 opponent in the Autumn is disappointing. We really need those matches. However, it will be good to play against some of the tougher Tier 2 Nations. Maori ABs game will be a tough one.

  2. New Zealand Maori All Blacks are not tier 2 They are Tier 1 They are the original Peers of New Zealand Rugby. Until you can beat them. You'll never be respected as a Rugby Nation. Very few teams in the world have beaten them.

    1. I agree. Now turning to a different opponent, why don't we play Canada at least once every year? We ought to play them twice--home & away--with a trophy or cup up for grabs. Yes, yes I realize there is a Can-Am cup that is up for grabs but only if the game is agreed upon to be a Can-Am cup match but that isn't really hyped up at all.

    2. Seriously! We should be playing them twice a year. We will get them once in the ARC and we should schedule another match either in the summer or autumn.

  3. The eagles play tests? Funny, have not seen any on tele yet. #endrugbychannel.TV