USA Falcons

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USA Falcons
USAFalcons.png
Union USA Rugby
Nickname(s) Falcons
Founded 2005
Coach(es) Flag of New Zealand.svg Jim Love
Captain(s) Flag of South Africa.svg Patrick Bell
Most caps Flag of the United States.svg Jason Pye (6)
Most appearances Flag of the United States.svg Jason Pye (6)
Top scorer Flag of South Africa.svg Patrick Bell (29)
1st kit
2nd kit
First match
Canada East 14 - 29 Falcons
(20 May 2006)
Largest win
USA Hawks 17 - 45 Falcons
(26 July 2006)
Largest defeat
Canada West 31 - 20 Falcons
(29 July 2006)
Official website
www.narugby.com/tfalcons.html

The USA Falcons are one of two national representative rugby union teams from the United States that compete in the North America 4 Series.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

The Falcons were founded in 2005 by the NA4 Committee. The NA4 Committee is made up of the International Rugby Board, Rugby Canada and USA Rugby. The committee is charged with operating and financing the four North American teams (the others being the USA Hawks, Canada East, and Canada West. In 2008, however, each franchise will be sold and become privately owned.[1]

Inaugural Competition: 2006 North America 4 Series[edit]

The Falcons' first ever match occurred on 20 May 2006 during the inaugural NA 4 Series. They faced Canada East in pool play and won the match 29-14. They finished the competition with a 3-2-0 record and had an average of 29 points scored and 23 points scored against per match. They faced Canada West in the championship final and lost by a score of 20-31 on 29 July.[2] South African native Patrick Bell, of Life University, captained the squad during the inaugural campaign.

PARMA Select XV[edit]

The PARMA Select XV is the All-Star squad composed of the best players of the competition as determined by the Pan-American Rugby Media Association. Patrick Bell, Hayden Mexted, Mark Aylor, Vaha Esikia, Andrew “Tui” Osborne, and Brian Barnard were selected to the starting XV. John Tarpoff, Alex Parker, Chad Erskine, and Jason Pye were named as reserves. Of the 22 spots on the PARMA XV, 10 were from the Falcons squad, the most of any NA4 club.

Current squad[edit]

The 2006 NA4 squad is as follows

References[edit]