Mike Friday’s charges get their season underway Friday in Dubai, where they’ll face Argentina first, Samoa second, and New Zealand third in pool play. The Eagles are coming off their best performance ever, finishing fifth for the first time ever, in last season’s standings.
With the World Cup coming up in July and Olympic qualification beginning next season, they’re in a race to get as good as... Read More
Team USA closed out day one of the Dubai 7s with a 45-14 loss at the hands of New Zealand, knocking the Eagles to 1-2 through pool play. The good news is that’s good enough to get them through to the quarterfinals Saturday, but the bad news is they’ll have a rematch with New Zealand when they get there.
New Zealand drew first blood with a kick-and-recover try. It was World Rugby 2017 Player of... Read More
USA’s men’s and women’s 7s teams kick off their respective 7s seasons in the coming days in Dubai. It marks the first of three stops where the men’s and women’s competitions intersect this season, with them being bundled together in Sydney in January and Paris in June, as well.
The women kickoff Thursday American time, opening against France at 4:29 a.m., South Africa at 7:24 a.m. and New Zealand... Read More
The USA’s November Tour came to a close Saturday, with a 21-20 loss to Georgia in the capital city of Tbilisi. The Eagles suffered a yellow card early and struggled in the scrum, but managed to mount a comeback and come within a made kick of winning, with multiple shots on goal unconverted.
Georgia won the early kicking battle, which fed into the Lelos plans to win set piece in the attacking end... Read More
If you had to grade the difficulty of the USA’s two-match November Tour, the easy one is behind the Eagles, a 46-17 defeat of Germany, and the hard one is ahead of them. But the first 40 minutes of the easy one was pretty darned hard, with the Americans trailing the entire first half against Germany. And the hard one looks like it may be the really, really hard one, as Georgia is fresh off a... Read More
CHULA VISTA, CA - After months of rest, they dazzled audiences with a 2nd place finish in the Silicon Valley Sevens Tournament at Avaya Stadium. Then, they took a life-changing trip as a team to build a home for an underprivileged family in Rosarito, Mexico as part of a humanitarian project with Hope Sports. Now, Head Coach Mike Friday takes an inspired and unified group of Men's Seven's Eagles... Read More
CHULA VISTA, CA - The Women's Sevens Eagles will be back on the pitch for the first stop of the 2017-18 HSBC Women's Sevens World Series next week, in the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens Tournament beginning Nov. 30. With a scrimmage against the Argentinians in San Diego under their belts, the Americans are prepared to make a strong showing on Day One as they take veterans of international play and... Read More
USA Rugby announced the appointment of Emilie Bydwell as the general manager of women's high performance Wednesday, making her the first such administrator of the women’s national teams in America. Bydwell is a known commodity in the rugby community, having played 7s and 15s for the USA and spent the last several years coaching and managing across many levels.
There’s little doubt she’s qualified... Read More
The USA won its first-ever meeting with Germany, 46-17, in Frankfurt Saturday. Though the final score looks flattering, and the Eagles managed seven tries, it didn’t look like it would go that way for the first 39 minutes. Germany captured the lead in the 12th minute and would hold onto it until the final seconds of the first half, but the Americans mustered a strong second stanza for the... Read More
USA Rugby has announced roster changes and its starting lineup for the first of two final test matches to close out 2017. Following their 52-16 World Cup Qualifying win against Canada, the Men’s Eagles arrived in Frankfurt early this week for a brief training camp preceding their matchup with Germany this Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11:00 a.m. ET, broadcast live on The Rugby Channel.
Prop Eric Fry (... Read More