Since Rio, the men’s 7s team has been chasing its tail a bit. Players scattered to the four winds after the Olympics, and some returned, while others didn’t. The HSBC Sevens World Series started almost too soon, it would seem.
In Dubai and South Africa, the Olympic hangover was evident, as head coach Mike Friday spent less time with the 7s squad in the lead up thanks to his role with the 15s team... Read More
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Four Olympians, including Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games captain Kelly Griffin, have been named to Richie Walker's Women's Eagles Sevens squad for HSBC Sydney7s, the second round of the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.
Beantown Rugby's Sarah Buonopane is set to debut on the Series for the U.S., which is coming off of an 11th-place finish at Emirates Airline... Read More
USA Rugby is in a tight spot financially at the moment. The national office has never been mistaken for Scrooge McDuck’s money pit in the past, but the national governing body is especially lean this year. CEO Dan Payne has talked openly about it, saying they’re starting 2017 about a million dollars in the red.
The stated reasons are the bankruptcy of kit sponsor BLK and the plummeting European... Read More
Head coach Mike Friday named his 12-man squad Wednesday for the upcoming stops in Australia and New Zealand on the HSBC Sevens World Series. Back in the fold are Carlin Isles and Brett Thompson, both of whom are coming off of injury. They were unavailable for the first two tournaments of the season.
Missing is Maka Unufe, who has been a regular selection as the frontline center. He is nursing an... Read More
Team USA lost back-to-back games on day two to bow out of Cape Town tied for eighth place. Sunday started with a winnable Cup quarterfinal against Scotland, but the Scots extended their winning streak over the USA to six with a 24-19 overtime win. The Eagles, with Folau Niua in street clothes and a shoulder sling having apparently suffered an injury against Scotland, then fell 28-12 to Fiji in... Read More
Team USA avoided an upset in its pool finale Saturday, beating Russia 26-17 to finish the group stages 2-1. The win was good enough to get the Eagles into the Cup quarterfinals, as they'll face Scotland at 5:48 a.m. ET Sunday.
The Americans won the opening restart to gain possession, and some fancy footwork from Martin Iosefo got them deep into the Russian end. But a knock-on from Perry Baker... Read More
After defeating Australia 19-0 to start the tournament, Team USA moved to 1-1 in Cape Town with a 28-10 loss to host South Africa. The Eagles started the game on the front foot, but the Blitzbokke pounced on some unforced errors to take control.
After an opening couple of minutes of sustained pressure by the USA, Martin Iosefo turned over possession with an interception. The ball was passed... Read More
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