Rugby's four top ranked nations remain and so far the tournament has certainly lived up to the hype. You can watch all the action, no matter where you are, by following our Rugby World Cup live stream guide below. Unsurprisingly, the majority of pundits and bookies still have New Zealand as favourites, with South Africa and England behind.
Early years: —[ edit ] The Harvard—McGill game of Informal football games such as rugby became popular in the United States in the midth century. Rugby union was played as early as among rugby clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area composed mainly of British expatriates.
On December 2, , the first Californian representative rugby team to play an outside opponent, took on a group of rugby-playing ex-Britons, who called themselves the Phoenix Rugby Club of San Francisco.
California lost to the Phoenix club 7—4. The first recorded rugby game in the U.
American football was fierce, and as injuries mounted, the public became alarmed at its brutalities and President Theodore Roosevelt threatened to outlaw the sport. A California student team toured Australia and New Zealand in , and invited their hosts to return the visit.
The visitors won 12—8.
The U. Olympic committee decided that because "California is the only state playing Rugby in the US, the Committee will give sanction but no financial aid".
France and the U. The stunned French suggested that the U. Between and , however, rugby union virtually disappeared once again in the U. France vs U. Once again, the U. Olympic Committee granted permission but no funds. The assembled U. Romania and the U. On Sunday, May 11, the U.
Heavy tackling by the Americans, derived from American football, intimidated and exhausted the French, as the U. Without the Olympic incentive, the sport's growth in America collapsed and the game remained dormant. See also: Rugby union in the United States and The United States at the Rugby World Cup The s and s[ edit ] The sport then enjoyed a renaissance, beginning in the s and continuing through the s.
This created the need for a national governing body to represent the United States in the international rugby community.
The next season the Eagles played two internationals, one against England XV-not capped at Twickenham on their United States rugby union tour of England , which they lost 37—11, and the other against Canada, which they also lost, 17—6.
They then travelled to Canada in and lost 19—12 in Toronto. The s[ edit ] The U.
They did however lose all three of their games in , all at home. They could not muster up a win in either, losing 3—6 to Canada, and 7—38 to South Africa. In , the U. They travelled to Australia in to play the Wallabies, and lost 49—3 in Sydney.
The Eagles first met Wales at Cardiff in November as the final match of their tour , where Wales, who had just finished third in the inaugural Rugby World Cup, enjoyed a 46—0 win.
In , the Eagles had mixed success in their tour of Europe, defeating Romania but losing to the Soviet Union. In their first match of the tournament, Italy defeated them 30—9.
Next, New Zealand defeated them 46—6. Hosts England won 37—9 at Twickenham.
Argentina defeated the Eagles twice in close games in the series to qualify, leaving the U. The Eagles went close to beating a major rugby nation in a match against Australia at Riverside in when the U. The Eagles had a successful tour of Europe in , beating Spain and Portugal. In round four of the Americas qualifying tournament in Buenos Aires, the United States lost 52—24 to Argentina and 31—14 to Canada, but defeated Uruguay 21—16 in their last game to qualify for the tournament.
In their first game, the United States went down 53—8 to Ireland. They then lost to Romania 27— Australia defeated the Eagles 55—19 in their final game of the tournament, seeing the Eagles finish fourth in the pool.
The Eagles, however, had the honor of being the only side to score a try against the eventual champions, Australia, during the entire tournament.
This was the first time the Eagles had won four consecutive tests since making their international debut in In the first match against Fiji, the Americans led 13—3 early in the second half, but Fiji regained the lead and secured a 19—18 win, with the Eagles suffering their ninth consecutive World Cup loss.
The Super Powers Cup saw the addition of Canada. The Super Cup took part between the U. Eagle mascot during Churchill Cup. The Eagles, ranked 13th in the world standings, lost all 4 games in Pool A , scoring 1 bonus point in the game against Samoa.
Coached by New Zealander Peter Thorburn , the Eagles started off with tough match against the defending world champions England, losing 28— The Eagles, however, had a major highlight in the South Africa match.
The Eagles then faced Uruguay in a two-game playoff.
In November , the United States booked their place at the Rugby World Cup with two wins against Uruguay , winning the home leg 27—6 in Florida. For the November tests , the Eagles traveled to Europe.
The Eagles defeated Portugal 22—17,  but lost to Scotland A 25—0,  and lost to Georgia 19— The Eagles dropped their first matches to the England Saxons 87—8  and to Tonga 44—13,  before defeating Russia 32— The Eagles had a 1—5 record in test matches for the year in their preparations for the Rugby World Cup.
In their Rugby World Cup opening match against Ireland the Eagles defense initially held, before conceding their first try at the 39' mark. The final tally was 22— The Americans took a 10—3 lead into the half, and held on to win 13—6. The Italians finished with a 27—10 victory.