Eagles Legend Blaine Scully Retires
USA Eagles Legend Blaine Scully has announced his retirement from professional rugby. Scully enjoyed an incredibly successful International career in both 15s and 7s. He also had a fruitful club career, which included successful spells at Leicester Tigers and Cardiff Blues. Scully has always been a well loved player with all his clubs and fans, due to his wholehearted performances on the pitch and with the way he has carried himself off of it. At 32 years old he feels it is time for him to move on to the next chapter in his life and leave the legacy of the Eagle’s 14 shirt to another player.
Scully has 54 caps for the Eagles and the joint most World Cup caps for an American player, after featuring at three World Cups (2011,2015,2019). The California Native was a Collegiate All American in both 15s and 7s, while at the University of California, Berkeley. He led the Cal Bears to two National Championships. He played USA sevens whilst in college, and earned his first USA Eagles cap in 2011.
Scully then decided to head to Europe to improve his game and test himself. He spent a couple of seasons at Leicester Tigers, where his influence and performances were arguably underrated. He then moved to Cardiff Blues, with whom he won the Challenge Cup in 2018 and became a crowd favourite. He rose to be one of the most prominent American players and earned the Captaincy for his Nation.
During his time as USA Captain, Blaine Scully held a 60.86 win percentage and oversaw significant wins against Scotland, Samoa, and Argentina XV. He helped take the Eagles to their highest ever ranking in World Rugby of 12th and led them to two Americas Rugby Championships (2017/2018). Scully earned the respect of his peers and the media, with the way he carried himself as captained and how he dealt with others.
Scully has already been a prominent part of World Rugby and player welfare. He is a co founder of the USA Players Association and a member of the International Players Global Council. Whatever his next move, he will go with the well wishes of the global rugby community.
What They Said:
“It’s a difficult thing to say that I will no longer be a professional or international rugby player,”
“What I loved so much about the game is how it challenged me in every imaginable way. Facing those challenges, not alone, but with a group; a team that you respect and trust, will be what I miss the most.
“The people have always been the best part of the journey. The opportunity to play rugby for a living and as a career was a gift.”
USA Men’s XV Head Coach, Gary Gold:
“Blaine has been a consummate professional,”
“His drive, leadership, passion and overall dedication to help the team have been infectious across players and staff.
“It goes without saying that Blaine will be truly missed and the mark he has left on the Men’s National Team will only support future generations. While we are sad to see him go, we are even more excited for this new chapter in his career and proud of the continued commitment he makes to the betterment of American rugby.”
Scully’s former Cal and USA Head Coach, Jack Clark:
“Today is a day for celebration,”
“We celebrate Blaine’s playing career and his singular contribution to the sport of rugby. He represents the finest qualities of an athlete: a true leader, highly competitive, always prepared, loyal teamship and unwavering sportsmanship. We will always point to Blaine as an example to what Cal rugby aspires. I wish the best of success to Blaine, Shannon and baby Sadie in their next chapter.”