Photos Ian Muir
The USA started well at the London 7s but couldn’t quite keep hosts England
at bay long enough.
After falling behind 14-0 to England thanks to tries from Ben Gollings and
Tom Powell, both converted by Gollings, the Eagles stormed back to tie
things at halftime. Captain Matt Hawkins scored the first try, and then... Read More
Barnard is out injured, while Nese Malifa is back from injury. The halfback
position on the USA 7s team is in flux, but it’s a good flux.
Malifa, Tai Enosa and Shalom Suniula, who has appeared in 20 of the USA’s
last 22 IRB World Series tournaments, are now sharing time at flyhalf and
scrumhalf; Head Coach Al Caravelli likes players who can play both
“It’s... Read More
The USA 7s team discovered something this trip to London: get on the plane
The normal MO for the Eagles has been to drive from Chula Vista to Los
Angeles, which means a couple of hours in a bus and then, because they want
to be early, a long wait at LAX for their plane.
This time, the team boarded a flight from San Diego, and connected to their
flight for London in Los... Read More
and Friday are high-intensity days for the USA 7s team in camp at the
Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.
Head Coach Al Caravelli is simulating a tournament environment for the
players a week before the real deal in London. Caravelli said the camp has
been enormously competitive, which has made for some interesting games.
“It’s a smaller camp than we’ve had before... Read More
Hawkins stepped into camp for the USA 7s team ready to get the team moving
again, and in the mood to joke around.
Asked about how the team would start training when half the squad had just
been run through the wringer by Eddie O’Sullivan and the 15s team camp,
Hawkins deadpanned: “I don’t think it was so tough; some guys have some
bruises to prove they were in some contact,... Read More
players who were in the USA 15s domestic camp turned immediately around to
train for 7s for the Eagles.
It’s a tough switch, and many of the players got some rest time Sunday and
Monday as they recovered from seven grueling sessions under 15s Head Coach
“We had a very physical 15s camp, and Coach Caravelli knows what the
situation is,” said Paul Emerick,... Read More
USA 7s team head
coach Al Caravelli is looking to hold a series of one-day combines around
the country this summer.
Caravelli’s plan is to leave the tryouts open to any athletes interested,
and apparently, with the NFL players locked out by the owners, there may be
many more football players (not established stars, but practice squad
players and free agents) interested in testing... Read More
By winning the Bowl
in Adelaide, the USA 7s team earned its first HSBC World Series points
since Dubai in December.
The four points for winning the Bowl vaulted them past Scotland, Portugal
and Russia into 10th place, just two points behind Kenya.
The move in the standings, while something Head Coach Al Caravelli doesn't
like to dwell on, is important. The top 12 teams in the... Read More
Two tries from
Colin Hawley and a concerted defensive display saw the USA win the Bowl at
the Adelaide 7s, finally showing a run of play worthy of earning HSBC
Sevens World Series points.
The Eagles started the game well, putting pressure on Kenya and working the
ball well in the rucks. A nifty backhanded pass from Roland Suniula found
his brother, Shalom, and the flyhalf put on... Read More
The Eagles looked like they could have pulled away a couple times in their
Adelaide Bowl Quarterfinal against Japan, but instead they needed a heroic
try from Paul Emerick just to pull out the victory.
USA jumped out to a 10-0 lead with two Zach Test tries within the first
five minutes. Both conversions were missed. Japan sneaked in a try just
before halftime (6:58) to pull... Read More