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The United States drew Pool D along with England, Canada and Argentina for the opening tournament of the HSBC 7s World Series Oct. 11-12 in Gold Coast, Australia. The Mike Friday era begins with a rivlary match against Canada in the second game of the tournament, followed by a midday bout with England and the pool play finale against Argentina. (Click here for the full schedule)
The plot is thick right away, as Friday was brought in to get the Eagles to the Olympics, and Canada is the team standing between the United States and qualification. Then the second game provides obvious story lines as Friday goes up against the team he captained and coached in England.
The pool provides the Eagles not only the chance to make a splash early, but to get into the Cup Quarterfinals. Argentina and Canada are teams that have traditionally been considered by the USA as beatable. In the knockout rounds, Pool D crosses over against Pool A, which includes New Zealand, Samoa, France and Japan.
Also notable in the schedule is the inclusion of American Samoa. Granted full membership status by the International Rugby Board in just 2012, American Samoa is still very young in terms of international competition, though the island has fielded a team for many years outside the auspices of the IRB. Gold Coast will be American Samoa's first appearance in a World Series tournament.