On Saturday February 6th the USA Rugby National Team faced off against the Argentina Rugby National Team in Houston at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The last time USA played in Houston was against Scotland on June 7th, 2014. Scotland won the game 24-6.
The match against Los Pumas was a different story for the USA team for two reasons.
First, the game ended in a 35-35 tie.
The game was a major exclamation point for the USA Eagles who played incredibly well on both sides of the ball. In the final minutes, the Eagles attempted a penalty kick that could have won the game, but sadly the Fly-Half James Bird missed the kick.
Second, Saint Thomas alumni Kingsley McGowan ’10 was the starting wing.
Kingsley carried the ball multiple times and made a few tackles. He actually stopped a try in the 56th minute and then ran the ball into Argentina’s own end.
Kingsley had just been touring around South America playing for the USA’s Sevens Team and then was able to move up to the Fifteens side.
The Men’s National Team is the highest level of rugby in the world, and to have a former Eagles rugby player on the team is a great achievement.
Many current Saint Thomas rugby players were in the stands cheering Kingsley on, and Coach Brett Mills, Coach James Wolfinger, Coach Jim Schreiner, and Coach Conor Mills were also there.
Argentina is currently ranked as the 5th best team in the entire world, while USA is currently ranked as the 16th best team.
USA will play Canada on February 13th, and Chile on February 20th.