Team USA has had to earn its 1-1 start in the season opener in Dubai Friday, with two nail biters to start pool play. The first one didn’t go their way, a 19-17 loss to France, but a spectacular finish went their way next, as they beat South Africa, 19-15.
Against France, the only separation was a conversion. Both teams scored three tries a piece, but the French converted two, and the Eagles... Read More
USA’s men’s and women’s 7s teams kick off their respective 7s seasons in the coming days in Dubai. It marks the first of three stops where the men’s and women’s competitions intersect this season, with them being bundled together in Sydney in January and Paris in June, as well.
The women kickoff Thursday American time, opening against France at 4:29 a.m., South Africa at 7:24 a.m. and New Zealand... Read More
CHULA VISTA, CA - After months of rest, they dazzled audiences with a 2nd place finish in the Silicon Valley Sevens Tournament at Avaya Stadium. Then, they took a life-changing trip as a team to build a home for an underprivileged family in Rosarito, Mexico as part of a humanitarian project with Hope Sports. Now, Head Coach Mike Friday takes an inspired and unified group of Men's Seven's Eagles... Read More
CHULA VISTA, CA - The Women's Sevens Eagles will be back on the pitch for the first stop of the 2017-18 HSBC Women's Sevens World Series next week, in the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens Tournament beginning Nov. 30. With a scrimmage against the Argentinians in San Diego under their belts, the Americans are prepared to make a strong showing on Day One as they take veterans of international play and... Read More
USA Rugby announced the appointment of Emilie Bydwell as the general manager of women's high performance Wednesday, making her the first such administrator of the women’s national teams in America. Bydwell is a known commodity in the rugby community, having played 7s and 15s for the USA and spent the last several years coaching and managing across many levels.
There’s little doubt she’s qualified... Read More
Team USA’s first loss of the weekend came in the final of the Silicon Valley 7s Sunday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The Eagles jumped out to a two-score lead, but Australia methodically came back and overcame the deficit to win 15-12.
Just like in the USA’s semifinal, the opening minutes of the final were frenetic, with each team threatening each other’s lines but the defense remaining... Read More
Central Washington claimed the inaugural Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Fall Classic title Sunday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The Wildcats went 4-0 over two days to win the eight-team tournament. With a unique double elimination bracket in play, CWU had to dispatch Arizona twice along the way, the first time 15-0 and then again in the final, 15-14.
Setting the pace physically for Central... Read More
Team USA has booked its trip to the final of the inaugural Silicon Valley 7s, downing England 27-0 in dominant fashion. There was some stress early on, but the Eagles stood up to it and pulled away. The win makes the USA 4-0 going into the final against Australia, which has looked class on the weekend.
“This was the plan all along,” said captain Ben Pinkelman. “We knew we could get here and we... Read More
Mike Friday’s crew improved to 4-0 at the Silicon Valley 7s Sunday, beating Fiji 24-5 in the cup quarterfinals. The Eagles were dominant throughout the contest, as they have sharpened during the course of the competition.
Up next is the semifinal against England, who pounded Samoa in the other semifinal. The semifinal round kicks off at 3:54 PT.
The Eagles got on the board first thanks to a... Read More
The Eagles preserved a clean sheet for day one at Avaya Stadium, beating Chile 29-21 in the final match of pool play. The win assures them the second seed going into the cup quarterfinals, as they trail just Australia on point differential. That will see a quarterfinal match-up against Fiji.
The USA and Chile traded blows for the first three minutes of the half, and the stalemate was broken by... Read More