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Main article: United States national rugby union team The United States national rugby union team is nicknamed the Eagles.
They played their first international in , but did not begin playing regularly until The U. The United States are currently a Tier-2 rugby nation. In the U.
One of the team's high points, though, was the winger Takudzwa Ngwenya , who scored against South Africa by out-pacing Bryan Habana for a try,  earning "Try of the Year".
The team's highlights included a 13—6 win against Russia, and a narrow 22—10 loss against tier-one opponent Ireland. Regional competitions[ edit ] The North America 4 was an elite-level IRB-financed tournament that ran from until The tournament was contested between four teams, two from the United States and two from Canada.
The tournament was intended to strengthen the Tier 2 rugby nations by providing competitive test matches in a tournament format. However, the United States and Canada  ended their participation after the competition. These matches between A-sides were not considered official international test matches.
The competition was held annually from through , except in the World Cup year of All matches in the tournament, including those against Argentina Jaguars, are full international tests, and all count in the World Rugby Rankings except those involving Argentina Jaguars.
Top-level domestic competitions[ edit ] The governing body for World Rugby lifted rugby union's ban on professional rugby following the Rugby World Cup. Since that time, as other nations have professionalized rugby within their countries, USA Rugby has struggled to transition to a sustainable professional rugby club competition.
The Super League was created in by the major territorial unions within USA Rugby with the intention of creating a competitive national competition.
The inaugural season of the competition saw 14 teams divided into two seven-team divisions: the Western-Pacific Conference and the Midwestern-East Conference.
Aspen won the first championship. Belmont Shore was the most successful club, appearing in the finals every year from to , until the club left the competition. San Francisco Golden Gate then led the league, appearing in the finals every year from to The size of the league fluctuated over the years.
The inclusion of some sub-par clubs and the exclusion of top-performing clubs was controversial issue since the inception of the Super League, called into question whether it was really USA's "premier" competition.
Regional Premierships — [ edit ] Regional premierships of Division I clubs took the place of the top-level competition in the United States for several years. While this format lives on, it is not longer declared the top-level competition in the U.
S, as saw the introduction of PRO Rugby. In , seven western clubs announced the formation of the Pacific Rugby Premiership, consisting of three teams from southern California, two from northern California, and two from Colorado.
The season runs from February to May, with a game regular-season schedule in which teams play each other team twice, culminating in a one-game championship match in May.