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
Only six capped 7s Eagles are partaking in the 22-player high performance camp ahead of the HSBC Sevens World Series opener in Dubai Dec. 2-3. 16 others hoping to earn their first World Series appearance are in tow.
The resident veterans include Perry Baker, Danny Barrett, Carlin Isles, Folau Niua, Brett Thompson and Maka Unufe. Four other Olympic Training Center residents just finished up the... Read More
For the first time in its eight-year history, the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will have a second open qualifier – the Heart of America Classic. The winner of the 24-team field at the Heart of America, held March 25-26, 2017 in Kansas City, will win an automatic bid to the nationally-televised Penn Mutual CRC June 3-4, 2017 in Philadelphia.
Traditionally, the majority of CRC... Read More
The United States Rugby Players Association is a new organization formed by Eagles for Eagles, and its the first of its kind on American soil. The USRPA was created with the support of the International Rugby Players Association (IRPA), which is presided over by former All Black great Richie McCaw. The USRPA was created in part by Blaine Scully.
"It is important for the success of the game in... Read More
Arizona captured the West Coast 7s this weekend. It was the Wildcats first run out of the season and they looked like they have built on the successful Penn Mutual CRC campaign in 2016.
The Wildcats return all but two players to this year’s squad. They lost captain Cesar Davila to graduation and Tyler Sousley, who elected to transfer back to his native Indiana.
Arizona was slow to find it’s... Read More
Six weeks removed from Rio and just over two months from the start of the 2016/2017 HSBC Sevens World Series, the men’s 7s team is back full-time at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The core training group congregated last week, and this week marks the first high performance camp of the season. The women will join them next week.
The coaches for both programs have agreed to... Read More
The seven years between the announcement that rugby would rejoin the Olympics and the first kickoff in Rio seemed more like decades. Think back to 2009, when the IOC voted yes on rugby – the Black Eyed Peas had the top song on the charts, the second season of Breaking Bad was airing, Jone Naqica was still actively playing for the Eagles and Carlin Isles was three years from touching a rugby ball... Read More