The United States will embark on a European tour after playing the All Blacks Nov. 1 at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Only the first contest, Nov. 8 in Bucharest at the Arc de Triumpf against Romania, is a true road game, as the other two are at neutral sites against Pacific Nations Cup rivals.
On Nov. 15 at a venue and location to be announced, the Eagles will take on Tonga. Six days later they’ll do... Read More
Mike Friday likes a challenge, and he’s got more than one laid out in front of him as the new Eagles 7s coach. That’s nothing new, though, for the man who turned 12th-place Kenya into fifth-place Kenya in a matter of months.
“The reason I got involved with Kenya was I thought they had immense potential, and I look at the Americans and I look at the athletes and I see there’s an immense ability... Read More
Since the emergence of full-time training contracts at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., few non-resident American players have managed to be regularly selected for IRB 7s World Series action. Lately, Mike Palefau is about the only guy who’s been parachuted in, and usually only when an injury has forced the trusted veteran into action.
But that’s going to change under new head... Read More
Mike Friday is just a few days, officially, on the job as USA’s head 7s coach. And the question most in the American rugby public have for him is, how are you going to balance this new gig with your other new role as the director of rugby for the London Scottish?
“The reality is I’ve done it before. That’s how I did Kenya,” Friday told Rugby Today. “In terms of the way our performance cycles are... Read More
Brett Thompson's move to Edinburgh was made official Tuesday, with the RaboDirect Pro 12 club announcing his acquisition. Thompson, 23, spent the last year playing with the 7s Eagles and earned his first 15s cap last month.
"Brett [Thompson] has already showcased his talent on the international stage and we believe there is much more to come from the him, which is exciting for the competition in... Read More
Thretton Palamo has signed a contract with Saracens, joining Brett Thompson in the newest class of Eagles to make the jump to Europe. Thompson is set to join Edinburgh in the RaboDirect Pro 12.
Palamo’s signing was a bit unorthodox, as his conversation with Saracens began at the National Rugby Football League combine in March, the first of its kind on America. He and former Utah teammate and... Read More
With the announcement Sunday of Chris Brown as the new USA 7s assistant coach, it seems former England and Kenya coach Mike Friday is indeed going to be named the program’s head coach very soon. Friday was hired last week as the new director of rugby for the London Scottish, leading us to believe that eliminated him from contention for the Eagles job.
However, the formalization of Brown's hiring... Read More
Carlin Isles is back in the United States visiting family in Ohio after leaving his contract with the Glasgow Warriors. The decision for Isles to come back to America and focus on 7s was a mutual one between the Warriors and Isles, whose goal since picking up a rugby ball has been to get to the Olympics.
“It would have been real difficult if I had stayed over there, and I’d been there for... Read More
The London Scottish announced Wednesday the naming of Mike Friday as the club's director of rugby. He was believed to be in the running for the vacant 7s head coaching job with USA Rugby, but Wednesday's announcement appears to eliminate him from that contention.
Friday served as the London Scottish backs coach last season, after successful stints on the IRB 7s World Series with Kenya and... Read More
The quest for an international cap has taken Preston Bryant to three countries, two continents and across 10,000 miles, and just as the view of his goal is coming into focus, a surprise road block has been constructed in his way.
Bryant, born to an American father and Zimbabwean mother, was raised in Zimbabwe by his mom, while his dad lived in Colorado. Bryant first made a name for himself... Read More