The men’s 7s Eagles started off the 2016/2017 season with an underwhelming performance in Dubai. They opened with a 14-5 loss to Scotland (more on that in a second). Then Team USA trailed Uganda 7-5 at halftime of the second contest. They’d right the ship in the second half, outscoring the African champions 24-0.
(The USA has now lost five-straight games to Scotland. Dubai actually marked the... Read More
With a 28-14 win over Samoa in their final match, USA finish the Dubai leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in ninth place and as Trophy Winners.
The Eagles looked sharp in attack from the start of the match.
An early knock on gave USA a scrum in the first minute. That was won cleanly and Madison Hughes made a 50-meter break. Hughes was tackled high five meters short of the try line, and following... Read More
Team USA fell to South Africa, 19-10, in the pool finale Friday in Dubai, bringing its record to 1-2. That will put the Eagles in contention for the Challenge Trophy, which is now the prize for the bottom eight in lieu of the Bowl.
It didn't take long for the Blitzbokke to get ahead. Kyle Brown took the opening restart and ran into contact, drawing the attention of Madison Hughes. Cecil Africa... Read More
The USA got its first win of the season, 29-7, over a game Uganda side Friday in Dubai. The Eagles started slowly, as they had against Scotland to start the tournament, but Uganda also played well, leading to a 7-5 lead for the African champions at halftime.
Having played uncharacteristically poorly against Scotland, captain Madison Hughes didn't touch the field against Uganda, as Don Pati got... Read More
Team USA opened the 2016/2017 HSBC Sevens Wrold Series with a 14-5 defeat at the hands of Scotland Friday in Dubai. The Eagles didn't look sharp the entire contest, routinely racking up handling and passing errors on offense and penalties in defense. Nonetheless, they were in it until the final minutes.
Scotland got on the board first via Scott Wight. The Scottish owned early possession and... Read More
With a potential for as many as six changes from Rio, the Eagles team taking the field in Dubai has endured a bit of a face lift from the Olympics. Missing are some players who’ve gone on to do other things and perhaps some who might have been expected to still be in the fold.
Obviously and expectedly, Nate Ebner has returned to the NFL and Chris Wyles has returned to duty with Saracens. But... Read More
The worst-kept secret in rugby is out – Las Vegas will be home to the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series, thanks to some collaboration between World Rugby, USA Rugby and United World Sports, the parent company of USA Sevens (and Rugby Today).
This won’t be the first time an international women’s component has been a part of the Vegas experience. For many years there has been an elite division of the Las... Read More
Mike Friday has selected four players for his 13-man traveling squad for the HSBC Sevens World Series opener in Dubai who are hoping to earn their first international 7s appearance – Anthony Welmers, Kevon Williams, Alec Gletzer and Don Pati. All four have winning pedigrees and are products of some of the country’s best collegiate programs.
Williams led New Mexico Highlands to back-to-back NSCRO... Read More
Team USA’s men’s and women’s teams for the HSBC World Series opener in Dubai are set, with several debutants set to make their first international 7s appearances. For both teams, the inexperience is driven by some post-Olympics changes, as well as injuries.
On the women’s side, Kristen Thomas is still recovering from the broken leg that prevented her from starring for the Eagles in Rio. On the... Read More
The first 16 teams for the 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, June 3-4 in Philadelphia, are set. Invitations to the first group have been sent out, seeing several of the country’s top programs return for a shot at the Pete Dawkins Trophy.
King among them is defending champion Cal. The Golden Bears have won the last four CRC titles, and they’ll be back in search of another. So will... Read More