Team USA opened the 2016/2017 HSBC Sevens Wrold Series with a 14-5 defeat at the hands of Scotland Friday in Dubai. The Eagles didn't look sharp the entire contest, routinely racking up handling and passing errors on offense and penalties in defense. Nonetheless, they were in it until the final minutes.
Scotland got on the board first via Scott Wight. The Scottish owned early possession and... Read More
With a potential for as many as six changes from Rio, the Eagles team taking the field in Dubai has endured a bit of a face lift from the Olympics. Missing are some players who’ve gone on to do other things and perhaps some who might have been expected to still be in the fold.
Obviously and expectedly, Nate Ebner has returned to the NFL and Chris Wyles has returned to duty with Saracens. But... Read More
The worst-kept secret in rugby is out – Las Vegas will be home to the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series, thanks to some collaboration between World Rugby, USA Rugby and United World Sports, the parent company of USA Sevens (and Rugby Today).
This won’t be the first time an international women’s component has been a part of the Vegas experience. For many years there has been an elite division of the Las... Read More
Mike Friday has selected four players for his 13-man traveling squad for the HSBC Sevens World Series opener in Dubai who are hoping to earn their first international 7s appearance – Anthony Welmers, Kevon Williams, Alec Gletzer and Don Pati. All four have winning pedigrees and are products of some of the country’s best collegiate programs.
Williams led New Mexico Highlands to back-to-back NSCRO... Read More
Team USA’s men’s and women’s teams for the HSBC World Series opener in Dubai are set, with several debutants set to make their first international 7s appearances. For both teams, the inexperience is driven by some post-Olympics changes, as well as injuries.
On the women’s side, Kristen Thomas is still recovering from the broken leg that prevented her from starring for the Eagles in Rio. On the... Read More
Only six capped 7s Eagles are partaking in the 22-player high performance camp ahead of the HSBC Sevens World Series opener in Dubai Dec. 2-3. 16 others hoping to earn their first World Series appearance are in tow.
The resident veterans include Perry Baker, Danny Barrett, Carlin Isles, Folau Niua, Brett Thompson and Maka Unufe. Four other Olympic Training Center residents just finished up the... Read More
Playing in San Sebastian, Spain at Estadio Anoeta, Tonga took an early lead and was able to hang on in the second half to defeat the USA Eagles, 20-17.
In an echo of last week’s match against Romania, the Eagles started slowly and, despite “winning” the second half, could not overcome that slow start.
There were plenty of signs of worry for the Eagles early as poor territorial kicking gave Tonga... Read More
Head coach John Mitchell has handed out 35 new caps in 2016, a remarkable amount by any measure. Those filling them have come from many places – 7s guys taking their first real crack at international 15s, recent college stars making the step up, and even some previously unearthed U.S.-qualified overseas professionals.
But for one of this year’s debutants, at least, the seminal accomplishment of... Read More
In the past, quite a few players used the USA sevens program as a stepping-stone toward a professional path in fifteens. However, the landscape has changed. With the Sevens World Series, and USA’s place on it, well-established, and with another Olympic cycle looming as soon as one ends, it isn’t clear how different players with navigate options in sevens and fifteens.
Several of the USA sevens... Read More
John Mitchell has named his 23 for Romania, and it’s a curious selection, indeed. In total, it includes six new starters from the Maori All Blacks match and eight new additions to the 23-man squad. Four new caps are in the starting 15 – Nick Civetta, Bryce Campbell, Martin Iosefo and Madison Hughes. Two more could be earned off the bench by Dino Waldren and Matai Leuta.
There were always going to... Read More