While most of the original six Major League Rugby franchises were announcing player signings left and right, Utah was taking the slow and steady approach. But shortly after unveiling the nickname, Warriors, and the hiring of Kiwi head coach Alf Daniels, Utah made arguably the biggest signing of them all in bringing BYU star-turned-Chicago Bear Paul Lasike back to the game of rugby.
Lasike first... 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
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
Team USA made it two-in-a-row to start the Silicon Valley 7s Saturday in San Jose, Calif. New Zealand took a two-try led early, but four-straight scores saw the Eagles notch the win. With Chile beating Tonga, the USA’s final match of the day against Los Condores at 8 p.m. PT will decide Pool C.
Luke Masirewa beat the inside shoulder of Malon Al-Jiboori to start the scoring and put the All... Read More
Team USA opened its account at the Silicon Valley 7s with a 29-7 defeat of Tonga in the final match of the first round of pool play. The game was played at the tail end of a rainstorm which saw some sloppy matches in the lead-up, including a 7-0 upset of New Zealand by Chile.
This one started sloppily, too, with Tonga taking the early lead before the Eagles stormed back. The rally was paced by... Read More
The Eagles squad set to defend home turf Saturday and Sunday at Silicon Valley 7s is very experienced, with just two uncapped players in the side. Most of those Team USA vets have been in the system so recently their ceremonial first caps would probably still have the stickers on them. That’s not the case for Ryan Matyas, whose would likely be covered in dust somewhere tucked in a suitcase.
His... Read More
Money. More specifically, the lack of it that his players are paid for their tremendous efforts, and what he sees as the inevitable repercussion. This haunts Team USA head coach Mike Friday, who starts his fourth season at the helm this weekend with the Silicon Valley 7s.
“We have got to reposition the boys’ salaries,” he told Rugby Today. “They’re below the poverty line. We’ve got to find the... Read More
Head Coach Mike Friday has selected a strong 13-man squad for the Silicon Valley 7s Saturday and Sunday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The side is very experienced, with just two uncapped players getting a call up.
Veteran forward Ben Pinkelman will captain the side that’s loaded for bear. He’s joined by HSBC Sevens World Series regulars Folau Niua, Maka Unufe, Matai Leuta, Stephen Tomasin... Read More