A dreadful second half left the United States on the wrong side of a 31-21 loss to Australia in the final game of pool play at the Canada 7s. The Eagles gave up 24 unanswered second half points and as a result finished second in the pool.
The first few minutes of the game were back and forth with neither team really able to build any momentum. Eventually, Carlin Isles found space out wide and... Read More
The United States won a thrilling 28-21 come from behind victory against Canada to move to 2-0 at the Canada 7s. Kevon Williams took the ball 95 meters well after the hooter sounded to send Canada to heartbreak.
The Canadians got off to a strong start after an unforced error from Perry Baker. The World Rugby 7s player of the year threw a lazy forward pass while under no pressure to set up Canada... Read More
After a sloppy start, the United States cruised past Uruguay 45-0 in their first match at the Canada 7s. After winning for the first time on home soil last weekend, the Eagles continued to keep their foot on the gas. Six Eagles found the try zone and Uruguay never entered the USA 22 in the match.
The Eagles won a penalty after kicking off and Folau Niua sent Danny Barrett through a gap in the... Read More
The Rugby Channel, the only year-round business of Rugby International Marketing, has lost $4.2 million to date, according to minutes from USA Rugby’s Feb. 9-11 Congress meeting in Dallas, Texas. The minutes detail an array of discussion topics, but none more pressing or compelling than USA Rugby’s subsidiaries, RIM and TRC.
“The USA Rugby Congress has grave concerns about the operations of RIM... Read More
Looking at some of the details of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship reveals how and why the USA Eagles were able to win all five matches and reclaim the trophy.
Here are some of the most noteworthy details:
The Eagles both scored the most tries in the tournament and conceded the fewest.
The Eagles were the highest scoring team, overall, in the last 20 minutes of matches.
The Eagles had the... Read More
When Dan Payne took the reins, I was torn. There was obvious excitement – after a decade of the untrustworthy Nigel Melville, we now had a person in USA Rugby’s top position who understood grass roots rugby in America from recent first-hand experience, he’d worked at a high level in sports administration, and most importantly, he was someone I trusted to always act tirelessly, selflessly and... Read More
USA Rugby board of director Chad Keck has been removed from his post on the Rugby International Marketing board. RIM leadership met Friday in Las Vegas to discuss the fate of the troubled company, and the decision was made to shakeup its composition.
Going forward, USA Rugby’s CEO will serve as the chairman of RIM’s board. For now, that means outgoing CEO Dan Payne sits atop RIM’s board. That... Read More
During the February USA Rugby Board of Directors meeting, Dan Payne informed the leadership group that he will step down as Chief Executive Officer in July 2018, following the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
"Knowing the time and travel this position requires and our union deserves," said Payne, "balanced against my responsibility and desire to be present for the formative years of my... Read More
Adidas is USA Rugby's official kit provider. The sponsorship, which was brokered by USA Rugby's for-profit subsidiary Rugby International Marketing, is less than a year old. Sunday, when the Eagles won the USA Sevens for the first time ever, and the game was shown live on national television, they weren't wearing Adidas. When Martin Iosefo made SportsCenter's Top 10 for his try against Australia... Read More
They’ve done it. For the first time in history, the Eagles have won the USA Sevens. The watershed victory, finalized by a 28-0 win over Argentina in the final, comes after three-straight semifinal losses on home soil. It’s just the second time ever the Eagles have won a World Series tournament, and it will see them surpass Argentina in the standings into sixth place.
The first mistake of the... Read More