Australia thwarted a 19-point second-half comeback attempt by Team USA in Sydney Friday, making the Eagles 26-19 losers to start pool play. The first half was all Australia, as the Eagles barely touched the ball and the home team racked up three tries. Then came a flurry of American tries after intermission, but the USA didn’t have the wind to finish the job.
Australia claimed the opening restart... Read More
The Eagles improved to 1-1 in Sydney with a 38-0 drubbing of Japan in their second pool match. Naya Tapper and Hope Rogers scored two each, setting the USA up with an all-important pool finale against New Zealand.
The Americans maintained patience on defense, as Japan went through the phases for two minutes before conceding possession. As soon as the Eagles touch it, they went cleanly through the... Read More
A seesaw affair featuring eight tries, four from each team, would be decided by conversions, with England slotting two more than the USA for a 28-24 win in the Pool B opener. The Eagles got off to a slow start, not winning a single restart in the first half, but a try from Naya Tapper, her first of three, kept them in it. The second half was nip and tuck, but England scored all its tries in the... Read More
Team USA’s women sit at second in the world after falling to Australia, 34-0, in the Dubai final back in December. It’s by far their best start to a season ever, and this weekend in Sydney the Eagles try to back it up with another big performance.
While Dubai ended well, it didn’t start that way. The Eagles snuck into the quarterfinals with a 1-2 pool record having lost big, 45-14, to New Zealand... Read More
Perry Baker returns to Team USA ahead of the Australia and New Zealand legs of the HSBC Sevens Series. The reigning World Rugby Player of the Year suffered a concussion in the opening tournament in Dubai, forcing him out of action the following week in South Africa.
"Having Perry back fit is fantastic for the squad. He is World Rugby Player of the Year, deservedly so, and he will no doubt add to... Read More
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