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
A well-deserved offseason has come to an end, as the first high performance camp of the 2017/2018 season which leads directly into a competition is currently underway at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Mike Friday and company is shaking away the rust before the HSBC Sevens World Series kicks off in Dubai in December.
Before the circuit begins, though, the team will... Read More
Today is was announced that The University of Southern California, Stanford University and Santa Clara University are the first three schools admitted to the Silicon Valley International 7’s College Rugby Challenge, which will be part Silicon Valley International 7’s rugby weekend at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium on Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th. The college field will serve as a... Read More
Natural Rivalries between England and Ireland, Australia and Olympic Gold Medalist Fiji, USA and New Zealand, First-ever Appearance In US of Chinese National Team, Among Highlights For The Inaugural Event
United World Sports, the owner and operator of the largest annual rugby events in the United States, today unveiled the pairings in pool play for the Silicon Valley 7's, which will bring most... Read More
The Irish Rugby Football Union is doubling down on the game of 7s, with a big year ahead of the team leading up to the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens to be held at AT&T Park in San Francisco. In preparation for the big quadrennial, Ireland has scheduled three tournaments for the remainder of the year, including the Silicon Valley 7s in San Jose's Avaya Stadium in November.
Silicon Valley, which... Read More
United World Sports, the owner and operator of the largest annual rugby events in the United States, today announced a unique and innovative club affiliate marketing program for the Silicon Valley 7's, which will bring most of the world’s greatest rugby playing nations to San Jose’s Avaya Stadium on Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th. The affiliate marketing program will give... Read More