How rugby is a growing force Stateside
Rugby is the fastest-growing sport in the US, with a 350 per cent rise in the past seven years.
The US have been Olympic champions for 91 years, winning gold the last time rugby union was included, at the Paris Games in 1924.
It is the largest club sport on American college campuses, with an estimated 900 colleges playing the game.
The US squad, known as the Eagles, have 12 players playing rugby abroad, including captain Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith at Saracens, lock Greg Peterson at Glasgow, and No 8 Samu Manoa at Toulon. There were seven overseas players in 2007.
Increase in the number of high-school rugby players between 2006-2011. Today, there are 115,000 registered players.
Number of schoolchildren playing the non-contact, touch and pass Rockie Rugby version of the game.