About National Team Selections
How Do I Get Selected for the National Team?
The Eagles are always on the lookout for new talent. To be considered for the National Team you need to be
What Makes Me Eligible for the USA?
To play for the USA you must meet two criteria:
Are there Try-outs or Trials Camps I Can Attend?
The National Teamís Head Coach picks his team based on playersí performances in club and All-Star contests. The Eagles do not usually conduct try-outs. Instead, the team looks for athletes who play outstanding rugby in the existing USA Rugby competitions.What Are the All-Star Championships?
The ASCs are an annual event where teams of regionally-based (Territorial) All-stars compete. There is a menís club ASC and a collegiate ASC each year.Why Are The All-Star Events Important?
The All-Star Championships are the National Teamís preferred selection vehicle because the Teamís staff and Selection Advisors can gauge how players perform in matches that are generally faster-paced and more physical than club encounters.Are the All-Star Championships the only way to make the Eagles?
There are other ways to make the National Team player pool. The team recognizes that measuring performance based on one weekend of the year may not do justice to some athletes - you could be injured or sick on the wrong day, for example. That is why the teamís coaching staff and selection advisors attend many club and collegiate events around the country. Players who are consistently outstanding in club competition are considered for Eagles selection.How Can I Bring a Potential Eagle to the Teamís Attention?
The National Team welcomes videotape of a recent game from any and all aspiring Eagles players. The tape should be sent to the Teamís office along with a brief note providing the playerís jersey color and number, and his position. It is best to submit a match tape. Personal highlight tapes are not as useful. All tapes submitted are reviewed by the teamís coaching staff.Do I have to play club rugby in the USA to be Considered for the Eagles?
Any eligible and capable players will be considered for Eagles selection. So if you are an eligible athlete playing rugby in the United Kingdom, for example, you can be considered for selection alongside domestic-based players. Overseas-based players MUST submit recent match tape in order for their play to be assessed.How Does the Selection System Work for the National 7s Team?
The same way as it does for the XVs squad: the Eagles have staff and advisors at the All-Star 7s Championship as well as the National Club 7s each year. Players who show outstanding form will be considered for the Eagles 7s team.Are Collegiate Players Eligible for the National Team?
If you are good enough, you are old enough.What About the All-American Team?
The Collegiate All-American team is often a precursor to international honors, somewhat like a U-23 or U-21 national side in other rugby nations. Each year, the countryís best collegiate players are honored as All-Americans and participate in matches against collegiate teams from around the world. For more information on the All-American team go to www.rugbyallamericans.org.Anything Else I Should Know?
Yes. If in doubt, send a tape. If you are eligible to play for the USA and send a recent match tape to our office, you are guaranteed that the National Teamís staff will review it - address and instructions are given above.