Team USA opened its account at the Silicon Valley 7s with a 29-7 defeat of Tonga in the final match of the first round of pool play. The game was played at the tail end of a rainstorm which saw some sloppy matches in the lead-up, including a 7-0 upset of New Zealand by Chile.
This one started sloppily, too, with Tonga taking the early lead before the Eagles stormed back. The rally was paced by... Read More
The Eagles squad set to defend home turf Saturday and Sunday at Silicon Valley 7s is very experienced, with just two uncapped players in the side. Most of those Team USA vets have been in the system so recently their ceremonial first caps would probably still have the stickers on them. That’s not the case for Ryan Matyas, whose would likely be covered in dust somewhere tucked in a suitcase.
His... Read More
No team enters Silicon Valley 7s this weekend shrouded in more mystery than China. This will be the nation’s first major 7s tournament outside of Asia since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, in partnership with World Rugby, announced a little over a year ago that it would be investing $100 million over 10 years to boost rugby across the country.
That figure would even make the RFU blush. The... Read More
Money. More specifically, the lack of it that his players are paid for their tremendous efforts, and what he sees as the inevitable repercussion. This haunts Team USA head coach Mike Friday, who starts his fourth season at the helm this weekend with the Silicon Valley 7s.
“We have got to reposition the boys’ salaries,” he told Rugby Today. “They’re below the poverty line. We’ve got to find the... Read More
Head Coach Mike Friday has selected a strong 13-man squad for the Silicon Valley 7s Saturday and Sunday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The side is very experienced, with just two uncapped players getting a call up.
Veteran forward Ben Pinkelman will captain the side that’s loaded for bear. He’s joined by HSBC Sevens World Series regulars Folau Niua, Maka Unufe, Matai Leuta, Stephen Tomasin... Read More
USA Speedster Perry Baker is one of three candidates to win World Rugby's award for Men's Sevens Player of the Year. The winner will be named at the World Rugby's annual awards show in Monte Carlo next month.
Baker led the HSBC Sevens World Series in tries (57) and points (285) last season. He was second in the world in tries at the end of 2016, with South Africa's Seabelo Senatla in the lead.... Read More
The first post- John Mitchell era Eagles lineup has been named, with 28 players being tabbed for the extended roster headed to take on Germany in Frankfurt Nov. 18 and Georgia Nov. 25 in Tbilisi. The team is very seasoned, with just a single uncapped player in the mix.
The 28-man roster has shrunk to 27 since being announced, as flanker Tony Lamborn has been suspended four matches for his part in... Read More
Blowouts, upsets, tight matches, and thrillers permeated the DI club rugby scene Saturday. Glendale finished its undefeated season in ARP play, while Life took down Mystic River 67-25. In the Mid-Atlantic, both Rocky Gorge and Norfolk remained undefeated, with the Blues pulling out an emotional thriller over Washington Irish. In the Midwest, the upset of the week was the Chicago Griffins over the... Read More
Close tests, big upsets. With teams jockeying for positions within their conferences, there were plenty of exciting matches this weekend in D1A, D1AA, and DI Club.
With Indiana on a bye, Michigan State and Wisconsin shined in the Big Ten. The Spartans nipped Purdue, 17-14, to remain undefeated and Wisconsin blew out Iowa, 105-0, to improve to 3-1. Ohio State got back on the winning track with a... Read More
With the Pacific Northwest on bye, there were only three conferences in action across the DI club scene. Glendale and Life were the winners in the ARP Friendlies, while it was Metropolis, the Chicago Lions, Columbus, and Cincinnati that took home victories in the Midwest. There were only two matches in the Mid-Atlantic, won by the Potomac Exiles and Schuylkill River. The Norfolk-Rocky Gorge match... Read More