In 2014, underfunded, undertrained and unprepared, Team USA’s boys and girls finished 1-4 and 1-2-1, respectively, at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The boys’ only win came over Japan, which they lost to in pool play. The girls’ lone win came over Tunisia, and they drew with Spain.
The girls aren’t participating in the Games in Buenos Aires Oct. 6-18, but the boys team representing... Read More
For the fourth time in three years, the search is on for a new Team USA women's 7s coach, as Richie Walker's time has come to an end. The change has been announced as a resignation.
Walker took over midway through the 2015/2016 season for Julie McCoy, who served just two World Series tournaments before being jettisoned. She replaced the late Ric Suggitt in September of 2015.
Walker led the Eagles... Read More
In 1986, Emile Signes realized that seven-a-side rugby needed a newly created entity for the faster game. To that end, he created “Atlantis,” to bring together four disparate rugby-playing groups: (1) existing 7s players, (2) young sevens players new to the game, (3) players without any 7s experience, and, (4) players with minimum 7s’s skills.
The crux of the idea was to create numerous sevens... Read More
In the seven years of the women’s USA Rugby Emirate Airline Club 7s National Championship, five teams have won the top prize and 2018’s rendition of the tournament will be intense as every squad except for one is represented. Each previous champion is in prime position to bring home the trophy once again, however with only half of the field returning from last summer, expect fireworks at Columbia... Read More
A summer full of competition culminates this weekend as the 2018 USA Rugby Emirate Airline Club 7s National Championship descends upon Columbia University in New York City, N.Y. From the nearly 70 men’s teams at the start of the summer, 16 teams qualified for Nationals in the 29 regional tournaments. There is a lot of turnover from last year as only nine clubs return to the postseason from 2016.... Read More
After a weekend off for the Rugby World Cup 7s, club teams from four regions completed their qualification for Nationals in New York City, N.Y. on August 11-12. With 19 spots already wrapped up, the Frontier, Midwest, Pacific North, and Red River held their final tournaments on Saturday and now the likes of the Denver Barbarians, Metropolis, Life West, and the Washington Athletic Club and more... Read More
Many of you are probably jetlagged, hungover or otherwise still reeling from a frenetic three days of World Cup rugby in San Francisco. Like Haz, I was seemingly one of few American rugby diehards unable to attend, so the only thing still haunting me is the image seared into my brain by New Zealand’s shorts.
Those things were tighter than the try zones at AT&T Park. So tight, in fact, Kurt... Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - During the Women’s Eagles Sevens Captain’s Run, Kelsi Stockert sustained a minor upper body injury that will force her to miss Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. Stockert was originally intended to replace Alev Kelter.
In her stead, Kelly Griff has flown to San Francisco and joined the team in time for their first match against China at 12:34 PM PT on NBC Sports Gold. Griff last... Read More
When head coach Mike Friday first sat down with a calendar in preparation for Rio 2016, he knew his players would have a long, intense run of training and playing leading into the Olympics, which would be separated from 7s’ other major quadrennial, the World Cup, by an insufficiently short couple of seasons. The World Cup would also be sandwiched on the other end by Olympic qualification and... Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - Last time they were on home soil, the Men's Eagles Sevens achieved greatness alongside crowds of screaming American fans when they won Gold in the Cup Final at 2018 USA Sevens. Now, with a fifth place seeding, Head Coach Mike Friday, his 12 starters and two injury reserves will travel to AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA for the first ever U.S. hosted Rugby World Cup at... Read More