It was a displeasing Sunday for the USA 7s team at the London 7s. After
being so close to making the Cup Quarterfinals, they ended up in the Bowl
Quarters instead, and did not perform well.
The Eagles were shut out 14-0 by Spain in that match, and followed that up
with an improved game, but still a loss, 21-15 against Portugal. As they
had... Read More
USA 7s team finished Saturday hugely disappointed after they lost 24-17 to
France and finished 1-2.
They had the chance to win their pool, and instead finished 4th
out of four.
Head Coach Al Caravelli said silly mistakes undid his team, specifically
that old bugaboo, 50-50 passes.
“They know it, they know we had the opportunity and what we need to do
tomorrow,”... Read More
The USA ended what looked to be a promising Day One at the London 7s in
disappointing fashion, dropping a 24-17 decision to France on their third
A win for the Eagles would have vaulted them into the Cup Quarterfinals,
however it was not to be.
France scored seconds into the match, and while the Eagles replied through
Mike Palefau, the USA was constantly chasing the... Read More
USA pulled off an incredible upset at the London 7s to defeat Argentina
The Eagles looked completely overmatched for ten minutes of the 14-minute
match. At that point they had completed only three passes, as Argentina had
dominated possession, scoring early, through Francisco Merello and then
late in the first half through Francisco Cuneo to lead 14-0.
At the... Read More
Photos Ian Muir
The USA started well at the London 7s but couldn’t quite keep hosts England
at bay long enough.
After falling behind 14-0 to England thanks to tries from Ben Gollings and
Tom Powell, both converted by Gollings, the Eagles stormed back to tie
things at halftime. Captain Matt Hawkins scored the first try, and then... Read More
Barnard is out injured, while Nese Malifa is back from injury. The halfback
position on the USA 7s team is in flux, but it’s a good flux.
Malifa, Tai Enosa and Shalom Suniula, who has appeared in 20 of the USA’s
last 22 IRB World Series tournaments, are now sharing time at flyhalf and
scrumhalf; Head Coach Al Caravelli likes players who can play both
“It’s... Read More
The USA 7s team discovered something this trip to London: get on the plane
The normal MO for the Eagles has been to drive from Chula Vista to Los
Angeles, which means a couple of hours in a bus and then, because they want
to be early, a long wait at LAX for their plane.
This time, the team boarded a flight from San Diego, and connected to their
flight for London in Los... Read More
Everybody loves a victory but sometimes there are other considerations.
USA U20s Head Coach Scott Lawrence needed to see all his players, and that
was more important than beating the Irish Exiles.
The Exiles came into Wednesday’s game in Ealing, a suburb of London, with
players who had several age-grade... Read More
Irish Exiles edged the USA U20s 18-15 Wednesday evening in a Junior World
Trophy warmup for the Americans in Ealing, West London.
The Americans certainly could have won the game, but were also trying to
get as many players on the field as possible. Head Coach Scott Lawrence
planned ahead of time to run on six subs at halftime, and in the end that
led to two very different... Read More
and Friday are high-intensity days for the USA 7s team in camp at the
Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.
Head Coach Al Caravelli is simulating a tournament environment for the
players a week before the real deal in London. Caravelli said the camp has
been enormously competitive, which has made for some interesting games.
“It’s a smaller camp than we’ve had before... Read More