Both the Men’s and Women’s United States National Teams are in action in Dubai this week. The women kickoff Thursday, playing all of their pool matches early in the morning American time. Their knockout rounds are on Friday in the same time window.
The men kickoff Friday, playing all their pool games in the wee hours of the morning, too, with the trophy rounds being played on Saturday.
The entire... Read More
Last season was one of big change for the Women’s 7s Eagles. Ric Suggitt’s charges finished fourth in the inaugural Women’s 7s World Series in 2012/2013, and they took third at the 2013 7s World Cup in Russia. Then they plummeted to seventh on the circuit last season.
The disappointing results were swept under the rug, because it was widely known Suggitt was making moves to churn the player pool... Read More
2015 will be the biggest year in 7s rugby history, until 2016, when 7s makes its debut in the Olympics. Next year, four teams will qualify for the Rio Games through the HSBC 7s World Series, six via regional qualifying tournaments, and one through a last-chance repechage tournament. The Eagles hope to be among those 12 teams that will participate in Rio, but business has to be taken care of in... Read More
It might seem premature 10 months out, but in reality, the Eagles won’t meet again until July, 2015, so we’ve seen all the rugby the United States will play until they’re just weeks from selection deadline for the Rugby World Cup. You’ll see an initial squad of hopefuls listed, but ultimately, only 30 will get on a plane for England.
The storyline of expanding a World Cup player pool through the... Read More
The United States closed its November tour with a 20-14 loss to Fiji at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes, France. The Eagles got down 15-0 in the first half, but played the better final 60 minutes and was hard done by to not emerge with the win.
It took several minutes for either team to find their footing, as penalties, dust-ups and stoppages marred the opening eight minutes. In the ninth, however,... Read More
The United States fell 40-12 to Tonga Saturday at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England. The Eagles trailed by just two at halftime and saw several scoring opportunties go begging in the first 50 minutes before Tonga blew the game open.
Tim Stanfill opened the USA's account in the fourth minute, when Folau Niua made a line break, committed the final defender and dished to the wing for the... Read More
Mike Friday has called upon 29 players to participate in the pre-Dubai high performance camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Nov. 16-22. 11 of those players come from outside the residency program.
Pat Blair comes in from the Seattle Saracens. Formerly contracted at the OTC, Blair made big strides in his fitness over the course of the summer and was selected for the World... Read More
The path from All American to Eagle is well trodden, and it's the one Tim Stanfill, who is slated to start his second test in a row Saturday against Tonga, took. The path's usually direct. Many All Americans, like Seamus Kelly, Will Holder and Madison Hughes, actually earn caps while still in college, but Stanfill had to take a detour.
The Central Washington alum was a two-time 7s All American,... Read More
Mike Tolkin has made six changes to his starting lineup ahead of Saturday's match with Tonga at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England. Out from the Romania win are Olive Kilifi, Tai Tuisamoa, Lou Stanfill, Todd Clever, Adam Siddall and Taku Ngwenya. In for them are Mate Moeakiola, John Cullen, Greg Peterson, Scott Lavalla, Shalom Suniula and Tim Maupin, respectively.
The second row... Read More
Rumors have had Samu Manoa leaving Northampton for greener pastures in the French Top 14 for weeks now, but Wednesday Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder added weight to them when he admitted Manoa could well be headed for France at the end of the season. Mallinder spoke with the Northampton Chronicle on the matter.
"He's going to be sought after, is Samu," said Mallinder. "I do know the... Read More