Mike Friday picked a team to win Gold. He didn’t pick a safe team. He didn’t pick a team that he knew would acquit itself well but probably didn’t have the firepower to take down Fiji or New Zealand in the knockout rounds. He is swinging for the fences.
To be fair, there’s not much difference between what would have been considered a safe team and the one he picked. A number of guys would... Read More
The second qualifying tournament in the Pacific Northwest, the Roy Lucas 7s, culminated in a Seattle Saracens sweep sealing the Men’s and Women’s tickets to the Pacific North 7s Championships in San Francisco, Calif. in two weeks. The Men’s side was met with little resistance on its way to its second qualifier victory by crushing the Westside Ronin, 47-7, in the cup final. For the women, Seattle... Read More
Eight hours of rugby in Columbia, Md. was cut short on Saturday when lightning and rain stopped the Mid-Atlantic Conference’s Slug 7s just before the cup final matches in the Men’s and Women’s Qualifier division. It was determined that the finalists in each division would share the tournament championship and qualifier points. For the Men, Schuylkill River and Norfolk split the title and the... Read More
Two years ago, to the day, from Mike Friday being announced as head coach of the USA’s men’s 7s team, the 12-man squad that would represent America in the Rio Olympics was announced. The selections were made at the end of a four-week camp, but for Friday and his staff, the process was two years in the making. For many of the players, it was much, much longer.
“It was brutal,” said Friday of... Read More
In the last opportunity to earn qualifier points in the Eastern division of the Midwest Summer 7s Series, the Chicago Lions took the first place in the Ducks 7s tournament in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday. The Lions used a high work rate to get through pool play and ultimately outlast Metropolis in the finals, 19-12.
The Ducks 7s tournament was an intimate affair, with the Chicago Lions, Metropolis... Read More
In the final qualifier before the South 7s Championship in Charlotte, N.C. next weekend, the Oklahoma Elite secured its seat at the table with a True South tournament victory at the Music City 7s in Nashville, Tenn. The Elite went undefeated and beat the Atlanta Renegades in the cup final, 12-5.
The Oklahoma Elite, a very young team of college and club players from all over Oklahoma and beyond,... Read More
After finishing 4th in the first two qualifier tournaments, OMBAC got itself back into contention for a qualifier berth with a cup victory at the Sunsplash 7s this weekend.
It did not start out as a promising day for the San Diego side as it slipped up against the Belmont Shore B side. Fortunately, for OMBAC, however, all eight teams made the cup quarterfinals. In a rematch with the Belmont Shore... Read More
One of rugby's biggest story lines of the last year was the game's 15s superstars giving 7s a go ahead of the Olympics. So far, that experiment has borne little fruit. South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have all named their squads for Rio, and only one 15s star, Sonny Bill Williams, has made the cut.
Missing out on Olympic selection were New Zealand's Liam Messam, South Africa's Bryan... Read More
The crowd at Deodoro Stadium near Rio won’t all be rugby fans for the six days of sevens. Many will be experiencing the Olympics as a whole, perhaps without much thought to the details of rugby beforehand.
One way to get into the sevens spirit – no game knowledge required – is by donning some dress-up. The official fan guide advises: “Did You Know? Fans usually watch matches wearing costumes,... Read More
The Utah NDA clinched a spot at August nationals thanks to its second cup victory in as many tournaments. The NDA defeated the Denver Barbarians in the final and with one tournament to play Denver and the Kansas City Blues are in a fight for the second berth to the nationals.
Despite missing four top players to Tiger Rugby for the weekend, Utah improved its undefeated record in 7s play this... Read More