Its preseason everywhere in professional rugby, except in France. The French Top 14 kicks off its long season Saturday, and Scott Lavalla is on the bench for Stade Francais' clash with Castres.
The big news of the weekend is Cam Dolan starting at No. 8 in Northampton's preseason-opening match against Rotherham. Dolan's only ever time pulling on the Northampton jersey was in the club's winning... Read More
If someone asked you to guess which recent University of Utah graduate was on the cusp of getting a contract with the 7s team at the Olympic Training Center, you’d probably say Thretton Palamo or Don Pati, right?
And if you had to guess which Seattle Saracens player might be under contract in a few weeks, you’d think it was any number of capped 7s Eagles, like Shalom Suniula, Rocco Mauer or Peter... Read More
While many in the American rugby community and those watching from outside the borders continue to be intrigued by male crossover athletes taking up 7s, like Carlin Isles and the prospects of an Ahman Green (he’ll never suit up for the Eagles, by the way), women's head coach Ric Suggitt is stockpiling real-deal crossovers on the women’s team.
Perhaps the most famous name to flirt with rugby was... Read More
Men's Health magazine recently ranked the '50 Fittest Male Athletes in the World', and Carlin Isles came in at No. 15. He was the only rugby player on the list. He came in ahead of the likes of Adrian Peterson, JJ Watt and Colin Kaepernick of the NFL, Tim Howard of World Cup fame, Jamaican sprinter Carlin Isles, Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Olympic wonder Michael Phelps. Cristiano Ronaldo came in... Read More
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