The Eagles preserved a clean sheet for day one at Avaya Stadium, beating Chile 29-21 in the final match of pool play. The win assures them the second seed going into the cup quarterfinals, as they trail just Australia on point differential. That will see a quarterfinal match-up against Fiji.
The USA and Chile traded blows for the first three minutes of the half, and the stalemate was broken by... Read More
Team USA made it two-in-a-row to start the Silicon Valley 7s Saturday in San Jose, Calif. New Zealand took a two-try led early, but four-straight scores saw the Eagles notch the win. With Chile beating Tonga, the USA’s final match of the day against Los Condores at 8 p.m. PT will decide Pool C.
Luke Masirewa beat the inside shoulder of Malon Al-Jiboori to start the scoring and put the All... Read More
Team USA opened its account at the Silicon Valley 7s with a 29-7 defeat of Tonga in the final match of the first round of pool play. The game was played at the tail end of a rainstorm which saw some sloppy matches in the lead-up, including a 7-0 upset of New Zealand by Chile.
This one started sloppily, too, with Tonga taking the early lead before the Eagles stormed back. The rally was paced by... Read More
The Eagles squad set to defend home turf Saturday and Sunday at Silicon Valley 7s is very experienced, with just two uncapped players in the side. Most of those Team USA vets have been in the system so recently their ceremonial first caps would probably still have the stickers on them. That’s not the case for Ryan Matyas, whose would likely be covered in dust somewhere tucked in a suitcase.
His... Read More
The inaugural Silicon Valley Sevens gets under way Saturday and Sunday in San Jose, Calif. Not only will the occasion mark the return of international sevens competition to the golden state, it will see one of the sport’s true powerhouse nations make its first trip to the United States to compete in the short code.
Fans of Irish rugby will have a lot to look forward to. The past year has proven... Read More
No team enters Silicon Valley 7s this weekend shrouded in more mystery than China. This will be the nation’s first major 7s tournament outside of Asia since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, in partnership with World Rugby, announced a little over a year ago that it would be investing $100 million over 10 years to boost rugby across the country.
That figure would even make the RFU blush. The... Read More
Money. More specifically, the lack of it that his players are paid for their tremendous efforts, and what he sees as the inevitable repercussion. This haunts Team USA head coach Mike Friday, who starts his fourth season at the helm this weekend with the Silicon Valley 7s.
“We have got to reposition the boys’ salaries,” he told Rugby Today. “They’re below the poverty line. We’ve got to find the... Read More
Head Coach Mike Friday has selected a strong 13-man squad for the Silicon Valley 7s Saturday and Sunday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The side is very experienced, with just two uncapped players getting a call up.
Veteran forward Ben Pinkelman will captain the side that’s loaded for bear. He’s joined by HSBC Sevens World Series regulars Folau Niua, Maka Unufe, Matai Leuta, Stephen Tomasin... Read More
USA Speedster Perry Baker is one of three candidates to win World Rugby's award for Men's Sevens Player of the Year. The winner will be named at the World Rugby's annual awards show in Monte Carlo next month.
Baker led the HSBC Sevens World Series in tries (57) and points (285) last season. He was second in the world in tries at the end of 2016, with South Africa's Seabelo Senatla in the lead.... Read More
The state of California gets a lot. No, I’m not talking about the beaches, celebrities or enviable weather. In terms of major rugby events, California gets plenty.
Since their first-ever match in 1976, the Eagles have played 33 full tests in the Golden State. That’s more than the next five states combined – Illinois (8), Colorado (7), Texas (7), New York (4), Georgia (3) and Florida (3).
It makes... Read More