The USA Falcons finished their South American tour with a ninth-place finish in Vina del Mar, Chile. They went 0-2 to start pool play, losing to France, 33-7, and Uruguay, 17-12. Then they rebounded with three-straight wins, beating Colombia twice, 28-17 and 14-12, and Paraguay, 36-10.
It was a stark improvement from the 1-4 finish the week prior in Punta del Este, Uruguay. In that tournament,... Read More
Richie Walker has selected his side for Sydney 7s, making three changes from the second-place squad from Dubai. Out are Kelsi Stockert, Sara Parsons and Megan Foster. Replacing them are Hope Rogers, Natalie Kosko and Cheta Emba.
"Our focus for camp was to pick the best squad we could for Australia and really get better as a team once that squad got selected," said head coach Richie Walker.
"We... Read More
For the second-straight year, there will be two open qualifiers for the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. The granddaddy of them all, the Las Vegas Invitational, will be competed March 1-3 in the shadows of Sam Boyd Stadium, home of the USA Sevens, in Las Vegas.
Returning for its sophomore campaign as a qualifier is the Heart of America Classic, which runs April 14-15 in suburban Kansas... Read More
The USA Falcons opened their two-tournament tour of South American with a 1-4 showing in Punta del Este, Uruguay. They were swept in pool play by Uruguay, France’s developmental side and Brazil, conceding four or more tries each time out while just scoring four of their own on day one. They then rebounded with a 31-26 win over Canada the following day, but fell flat in the final match, losing 21-... Read More
The Eagles got back to a dominating standard in the fifth-place semifinal against France, scoring five tries to two for a decisive 29-12 win. Up next is the fifth-place final against Fiji at 11:36 a.m. ET.
Danny Barrett drew first blood, perhaps literally as well as figuratively, not even 40 seconds in. He delivered two massive handoffs en route to the game’s first score, the first of which... Read More
Argentina put the brakes on the USA’s bid for the Cape Town 7s title Sunday, utilizing a strong defense and restart game en route to a 28-12 quarterfinal win. The Eagles were the best restart team in the world last season, but they’ve struggled mightily through two tournaments this go-around. They committed three restarts errors against the Argentines, limiting their attacking opportunities.
The... Read More
The Eagles made it two-in-a-row with a 31-14 defeat of Australia Saturday in Cape Town, with Carlin Isles adding three scores to go with the two he notched in the tournament opener against New Zealand. The win improves the USA to 2-0 in pool play, and barring an upset by Spain and a massive point differential shift, will see them take the top seed out of the group. If chalk holds in Pool C, the... Read More
Team USA bounced back from a winless effort in Dubai with a clean sheet and near perfect opening match in Cape Town, blanking New Zealand 22-0 to start pool play. The Eagles scored twice on each side of halftime, showcasing a suffocating defense and purposeful attack.
Folau Niua’s opening kick didn’t go 10 meters, giving New Zealand the first possession. Martin Iosefo won the ball back via a well... Read More
The 0-5 result for the Eagles in Dubai last week was the worst ever under Mike Friday. So in that sense, it was a historically bad tournament. But it’s certainly not unprecedented.
Before Friday, going winless through an entire tournament was practically an annual occurrence. Since the advent of full-time training contracts in 2011, the Eagles posted a winless tournament at least once a season... Read More
A new seeding system and format is in play for the upcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens set for San Francisco next July. It will see teams essentially jump straight into bracket play, shunning pool play altogether.
On the men’s side, there are 24 teams. 23 of them have been decided, with one team from Oceania and two from South America yet to be identified. For seeding purposes, the top 14 have been... Read More