Hooley helps clinch win for Eagles in Americas Rugby Championship
Will Hooley (OL) has made an impressive start to his international career with the USA Eagles Rugby squad by scoring two late penalties to clinch victory over Argentina in the Americas Rugby Championship.
He qualifies to play for the USA squad through his grandmother. The match last Saturday (February 3) in Los Angeles was the first in the Eagles’ defence of their Americas Rugby Championship title. They beat Argentina 17-10, with fly-half Hooley scoring penalties in the 68th and 75th minute. Hooley’s first six points of his international career left the Eagles leading by a converted try with five minutes left. A final try by Argentina was referred to the TMO but was not given, so the Eagles survived a tough match.
Hooley is now looking forward to taking on Canada in the Eagles’ next match, in Sacramento on Saturday (February 10).
The fly-half is no stranger to international rugby, having played for the England Under 20s. He came through the Northampton Saints Academy while he was at The Leys and was part of the winning team in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship. On leaving school he signed with the Saints and made 14 first team appearances with them before signing with Exeter Chiefs and Birmingham Moseley. He currently plays for Bedford Blues.