Starting the bottom of the 12-man roster, with Brett Thompson, Malon Al-Jiboori, Nick Boyer, Cody Melphy and Chris Mattina all on the field at once, the Eagles fell 29-7 to South Africa in the bronze medal match Sunday at Canada Sevens at BC Place in Vancouver, missing out on hardware. They remain in sixth place in the World Series standings, but they’ve tightened the gap between them and the top... Read More
Team USA squandered a 14-point lead to lose to Kenya 24-19 in the Canada Sevens semifinals Sunday at BC Place. The match was tied 19-19 with no time left, but it was Kenya that came up with the play in the end. The loss relegates the Eagles to the bronze medal match against South Africa at 8:52 p.m.
The match couldn’t have started much better for the Eagles, with early tries giving them a 14-0... Read More
Team USA defeated New Zealand 17-0 in the quarterfinals of Canada Sevens Sunday at BC Place in Vancouver, putting them in the medal rounds for the second-straight tournament. The Eagles will play either England or Kenya in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. ET live on ESPN3.
New Zealand’s opening kickoff went into the in-goal, resulting in a midfield free kick for the USA. The first pass of the pest... 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
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
For the first time ever, Team USA is going to be playing for gold on home soil. The final will air live on ESPNews at 4:30 p.m. PT. The Eagles beat Fiji 19-7 in the semifinals Sunday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. It marks just the fourth time in history the Americans have made the final of a World Series tournament. Their only championship came in 2015 in London.
Awaiting the Eagles in the... Read More
Team USA moved to 4-0 Saturday with a 17-12 quarterfinal win over England. Up next in the semifinals at 1:12 p.m. Sunday is equally impressive Fiji, which beat New Zealand at the death in their quarterfinal. This marks the fourth-straight year the USA has reached the semifinals on home turf.
England kicked long to start, giving the USA clean possession. Danny Barrett made the first long run... Read More