It didn’t look pretty early on, but the United States banked the needed win and bonus point against Kazakhstan Tuesday in Marcoussis, France to keep quarterfinal hopes alive. Kazakhstan scored first and looked menacing early on, but the Eagles found their form later in the second half and eventually cruised to victory.
The Nomads’ blitz defense puzzled the USA’s offense in the early stages, with... Read More
The first batch of signings under the three-headed regime of head coach Mike Friday, assistant coach Chris Brown and development director Alex Magleby is on the books, and the residency program at the Olympic Training Center just got a whole lot more athletic.
In my humble opinion, there’s never been a more dynamic pool of backs for the 7s team to draw from. Actually embedded at the OTC are four... Read More
The off-site residency program has seen some transition, as Tai Enosa, Perry Baker and Pila Taufa have accepted contracts to train at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Maka Unufe has also rejoined the setup. He was brought back in June by Matt Hawkins, and that transaction flew under the radar.
Pono Haitsuka, Pat Blair and Ryan Matyas were not re-signed, clearing the way for... Read More
Perry Baker is taking a contract with the 7s National Team at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., it sounds like. The video at the bottom of this article hints very strongly that Baker, who was at the first camp after the hiring of Mike Friday and Chris Brown as 7s Eagles head and assistant coaches, respectively, is moving to the OTC.
Baker has years of experience dabbling in... Read More
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