Team USA made it two-in-a-row to start the Silicon Valley 7s Saturday in San Jose, Calif. New Zealand took a two-try led early, but four-straight scores saw the Eagles notch the win. With Chile beating Tonga, the USA’s final match of the day against Los Condores at 8 p.m. PT will decide Pool C.
Luke Masirewa beat the inside shoulder of Malon Al-Jiboori to start the scoring and put the All... Read More
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
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
In the summer of 1976, to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of the United States, a Test rugby match was arranged between the Eagles and France in Chicago. The game attracted 12,000 fans. This marked the second match between the visiting French XV. The first had been a spirited contest against the Eastern Rugby Union, and a narrow 16-12 loss to France on a late try. The game was played... 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
The Americas Pacific Challenge concluded on Sunday with the six teams involved playing their third match in eight days. USA Selects finished with a win over Canada A, 45-26, to finish the tournament 2-1. Canada ends the 2017 APC without a win. Throughout the match, the Canadian forwards were strong, but the USA attack in open play was more than the Canadians could handle.
Canada A had a good... Read More
In their second match of the 2017 Americas Pacific Challenge, the USA Selects defeated Uruguay A, 49-36. The match featured plenty of attacking ambition from the Selects who scored seven tries to Uruguay's five.
The first real possession of the match went to the Selects, but an early handling error led to a scrum to Uruguay. Uruguay won a penalty from that first scrum. Following the touch-finder... Read More