Team USA defeated Russia 21-12 Friday in Dubai, advancing to the cup final against Olympic champion Australia at 8:15 a.m. ET. It’s the team’s first final appearance in five tournaments, the last coming in Sydney last year, where the Eagles fell to Canada.
Naya Tapper committed an early turnover with an ill-advised forward pass as she tried to offload out of a tackle. But the ball was won back in... Read More
Team USA’s poor start continued in an altogether uncompetitive 26-12 loss to Samoa Friday in Dubai. The loss drops the Eagles to 0-2, guaranteeing them a trip to the bottom eight on day two. The final pool match is against New Zealand at 9:22 a.m. ET.
Martin Iosefo took the opening restart, and Carlin Isles sniped off the ensuing ruck. He looked to be away, but the last Samoan defender took a... Read More
Richie Walker’s Eagles completed a massive turnaround in the span of 12 hours, beating New Zealand 14-12 in the Dubai quarterfinals with a game-winning try at the death. In both teams’ previous game, the Black Ferns blasted the USA 45-14 in the final round of pool play.
The Americans scored first and last, sandwiching New Zealand’s two tries. In the end, the difference was two Alev Kelter... Read More
Team USA opened the new season with a 22-14 loss to Argentina in the tournament opener in Dubai Friday. The Eagles struggled with their handling throughout the contest, while Argentina committed fewer errors. The game was marred by the loss of World Rugby 7s Player of the Year Perry Baker in the first minutes.
Baker got his hand on the opening kickoff, and Ben Pinkelman gathered it on the ground... Read More
Mike Friday’s charges get their season underway Friday in Dubai, where they’ll face Argentina first, Samoa second, and New Zealand third in pool play. The Eagles are coming off their best performance ever, finishing fifth for the first time ever, in last season’s standings.
With the World Cup coming up in July and Olympic qualification beginning next season, they’re in a race to get as good as... Read More
Team USA closed out day one of the Dubai 7s with a 45-14 loss at the hands of New Zealand, knocking the Eagles to 1-2 through pool play. The good news is that’s good enough to get them through to the quarterfinals Saturday, but the bad news is they’ll have a rematch with New Zealand when they get there.
New Zealand drew first blood with a kick-and-recover try. It was World Rugby 2017 Player of... Read More
Team USA has had to earn its 1-1 start in the season opener in Dubai Friday, with two nail biters to start pool play. The first one didn’t go their way, a 19-17 loss to France, but a spectacular finish went their way next, as they beat South Africa, 19-15.
Against France, the only separation was a conversion. Both teams scored three tries a piece, but the French converted two, and the Eagles... Read More
USA’s men’s and women’s 7s teams kick off their respective 7s seasons in the coming days in Dubai. It marks the first of three stops where the men’s and women’s competitions intersect this season, with them being bundled together in Sydney in January and Paris in June, as well.
The women kickoff Thursday American time, opening against France at 4:29 a.m., South Africa at 7:24 a.m. and New Zealand... Read More
The USA’s November Tour came to a close Saturday, with a 21-20 loss to Georgia in the capital city of Tbilisi. The Eagles suffered a yellow card early and struggled in the scrum, but managed to mount a comeback and come within a made kick of winning, with multiple shots on goal unconverted.
Georgia won the early kicking battle, which fed into the Lelos plans to win set piece in the attacking end... Read More
If you had to grade the difficulty of the USA’s two-match November Tour, the easy one is behind the Eagles, a 46-17 defeat of Germany, and the hard one is ahead of them. But the first 40 minutes of the easy one was pretty darned hard, with the Americans trailing the entire first half against Germany. And the hard one looks like it may be the really, really hard one, as Georgia is fresh off a... Read More