The formation of USA Rugby was essential to coordinate test matches with the IRB and its member unions. The Eagles represent the U.S. around the world in international play. USA Rugby currently fields 11 national teams under the Eagle umbrella, Men's and Women's 15s and sevens, the Women's Under-23 Team, the Collegiate All-Americans, the Men's and Women's Under-20 Teams and the newly formed Men's Under-19, Boys Under-18 and Boys Under-17 Team. Being chosen to play for one of the USA's representative sides is an honor bestowed upon only a select few players each year.
For the aspiring male or female player, there are a variety of pathways to become an eagle. Those fortunate enough to get started early can compete to make the U-17s, U-18's, U-19s, U-20's, U-23s or All-American Teams. For the club side player, being chosen for your union's representative team can provide exposure to the national coaching staff at the annual National All-Star Championships. For the senior men, starring for one of the 18 USA Rugby Super League Teams can provide a fast track to the Eagles. Players who soar high enough on the international stage in the Eagle jersey, might earn professional rugby contracts overseas. Several of the current Eagles are fully professional players who ply their trade in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe.