You could probably script a better start to the USA Sevens for the home team, but why would you? The Eagles went 2-0, avenging recent losses to tough opponents, and they’re onto the quarterfinals for the fourth-straight year. Neither Samoa nor Australia made the Eagles sweat in the second half, allowing the Americans to empty the bench and for debutant Cody Melphy to touch the field.
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Team USA went on a 21-point run to get clear of Samoa en route to a 26-12 win in the pool opener Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Three cards to Samoa helped in the matter.
The win gives the Eagles some cushion in the group, with Australia coming up later Friday and Spain on Saturday. The Americans likely just need to bag one win from those two to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals.... Read More
USA Sevens has moved to a new broadcaster for 2018 – ESPN. The three-day event will be shown live and in tape delay on two of the media giant’s networks. Each day, two hours of live coverage will air on ESPNews and then re-air later on ESPN2. The tournament will also be available live online on ESPN3 for those with access to ESPN via a participating cable subscription.
Live on ESPNews 6:30... Read More
The turf at Sam Boyd Stadium has been kind to the home team recently, with the Eagles reaching the semifinals each of the last three USA Sevens. They’ve gradually inched closer to a berth in the championship match, losing to New Zealand by two tries in 2015, then Fiji by seven in 2016 and South Africa by three last year. Both Fiji in ’16 and South Africa in ’17 went on to win the whole enchilada... Read More
In the history of the 7s national team, perhaps no player has meant more than Zack Test. From 2009-2016, he was Iron Man, missing only three tournaments over the course of an eight-year career. Test walked off the 7s pitch for the last time following the Rio Olympics, holding the USA’s all-time records for tries scored and tournaments played.
When the Eagles were struggling through the Shield and... Read More
As the Eagles head outside their borders for the final two weekends of the Americas Rugby Championship, more changes have been made to the starting lineup. After sitting out the Chile win, Nick Civetta, Hanco Germishuys and Shaun Davies are back.
Davies is logging his first start under head coach Gary Gold, who started Nate Augspurger against Argentina XV, Canada and Chile. Davies came on and... Read More
Team USA moved to 3-0 in the Americas Rugby Championship Saturday with a 45-13 defeat of Chile at Titan Stadium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The Americans scored seven tries, picking up a second-straight bonus-point victory.
The Eagles squandered two chances early, with Cam Dolan charging down a box kick and knocking on the pick up on one, and the team showing an inability to hold onto... Read More
With several players leaving the assembly as scheduled, some to return to their professional clubs, four changes have been made to the Eagles’ starting lineup from the win over Canada to Saturday’s clash with Chile. Six new caps are on offer, with one guaranteed, as Psalm Wooching gets the start at blindside flanker. Taking over the captaincy for the departed Blaine Scully is scrumhalf Nate... Read More
Four tries paced the Eagles to a 29-10 bonus-point win over Canada Saturday at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento, Calif. in the second round of the Americas Rugby Championship. The win sees the USA improve to 4-0 all-time at Papa Murphy’s Park and extend its current unbeaten streaks, both against Canada and in the ARC, to eight.
Wing Ryan Matyas scored a brace, flanker Hanco Germishuys delivered a... Read More
The Eagles try to extend three streaks Saturday when they face Canada at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento, Calif. They’re also trying to move to 2-0 in the Americas Rugby Championship and defend a title.
Bonney Field, now Papa Murphy’s Park, was opened in 2014. Since then, the Eagles have played there three times, winning on all three occasions, beating Canada 38-35 in 2014, Japan 23-18 in 2015,... Read More