In episode three, USA 7s head coach Mike Friday talks Hong Kong, Rugby World Cup Sevens, cutting Folau Niua's hair and what it's going to take for the Eagles to reach the podium in Tokyo. Friday also discusses USA Rugby's 2016 high performance overspend on the record for the first time.
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Already playing without Danny Barrett and Perry Baker, both being held out for precaution, Team USA lost Maka Unufe in the fifth-place final in Hong Kong, and they came up a puzzling conversion attempt short of gaining two points on Argentina in the season standings, losing 14-12. Argentina opened with back-to-back scores, and the Eagles replied with their own, but a dead-center conversion was... Read More
Team USA beat Scotland 19-10 Sunday in the fifth-place playoff, advancing to meet Argentina for two extra Series points. The Eagles wrestled a 19-point lead through the first 10 minutes, and Scotland matched their try total with a late flurry of scores. They did it with Perry Baker and Danny Barrett being held out with injuries.
The Eagles started with possession, methodically working the ball... Read More
Team USA fell 35-7 to New Zealand in Saturday’s quarterfinals at Hong Kong 7s. The Eagles dug themselves a hole early and never got in gear. Up next is a meeting with the loser of Kenya versus Scotland.
New Zealand opened with possession, and it was a quicker Kiwi freezing the much larger Matai Leuta in open space, leading to the game’s first score. The All Blacks converted, making it 7-0 early... Read More
Team USA punched its ticket to the Hong Kong quarterfinals Saturday, beating Argentina 31-17 in its Pool D finale. The win improved the Eagles' two-day record to 2-0-1, following a blowout win over Wales and a draw against France. Awaiting them in the knockouts at 11:42 p.m. ET is New Zealand, which finished second in its pool to Fiji.
The opening kickoff was sloppily taken, with multiple people... Read More
After needing a furious comeback to salvage a draw against France in the opening match of the tournament, Team USA made quick work of Wales in the follow-up effort, winning 47-5. The emphatic victory improves the USA to 1-0-1, with the pool decider left against Argentina.
Wales looked the sharper unit early on, with the USA turning the ball over deep in its own end and compiling a couple of... Read More
Team USA opened its account at Hong Kong 7s with a 24-24 draw with France. If you’d asked USA fans before the tournament if they’d be happy with a draw, they’d have emphatically said no. If you’d asked them that 12 minutes into the game, they’d have jumped on it.
An abysmal first half for the Eagles put them in a 12-0 hole after seven minutes. France started the second half well, too, eventually... Read More
Team USA will attempt to make its fourth semifinal appearance in five tournaments at Hong Kong 7s this week. The Eagles kickoff Friday at 6:24 a.m. ET against France, followed by an 11:38 p.m. bout with Wales, and a 2:38 a.m. meeting with Argentina on Saturday. All matches will be streamed live on ESPN3.
Coming back into the fold for Hong Kong are Stephen Tomasin and Maka Unufe, two players the... Read More
Head coach Mike Friday opted to name a 15-man traveling squad for the Asian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series Tuesday, in lieu of the normal 12-man squad with a 13th player in case of injury. The team now has additional depth to make final roster selections the week of competition. Currently in the Top five of eight statistical categories this season, the Eagles have shown their resilience.
The... Read More
When the Eagles hoisted the cup at USA Sevens earlier this month, it was the first time they’d won a tournament on home soil and just the second time they’d won a World Series title anywhere. As the clock ticked over to show all zeroes in that 28-0 win over Argentina in the final, another potential first was unfolding – for maybe the first time ever, four African-American Eagles were on the field... Read More