Team USA opened its account at Hong Kong 7s with a 24-24 draw with France. If you’d asked USA fans before the tournament if they’d be happy with a draw, they’d have emphatically said no. If you’d asked them that 12 minutes into the game, they’d have jumped on it.
An abysmal first half for the Eagles put them in a 12-0 hole after seven minutes. France started the second half well, too, eventually... Read More
Team USA will attempt to make its fourth semifinal appearance in five tournaments at Hong Kong 7s this week. The Eagles kickoff Friday at 6:24 a.m. ET against France, followed by an 11:38 p.m. bout with Wales, and a 2:38 a.m. meeting with Argentina on Saturday. All matches will be streamed live on ESPN3.
Coming back into the fold for Hong Kong are Stephen Tomasin and Maka Unufe, two players the... Read More
Episode No. 2 features USA and Sale Sarks flyhalf AJ MacGinty, who returned from a torn MCL to help the Sharks put 58 points on Worcester in his first game back. Joining Pat and AJ is Bruce McLane, coach of Major League Rugby's Rugby United New York. We talk Eagles, MacGinty's time in the USA, and a whole lot more.
RUGBY PatCast is a new podcast hosted by our associated editor, Pat Clifton. It... Read More
Head coach Mike Friday opted to name a 15-man traveling squad for the Asian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series Tuesday, in lieu of the normal 12-man squad with a 13th player in case of injury. The team now has additional depth to make final roster selections the week of competition. Currently in the Top five of eight statistical categories this season, the Eagles have shown their resilience.
The... Read More
When the Eagles hoisted the cup at USA Sevens earlier this month, it was the first time they’d won a tournament on home soil and just the second time they’d won a World Series title anywhere. As the clock ticked over to show all zeroes in that 28-0 win over Argentina in the final, another potential first was unfolding – for maybe the first time ever, four African-American Eagles were on the field... Read More
LAFAYETTE, CO. - With training set to begin this week, Head Coach Mike Friday and the Men's Eagles Sevens announce updates to the injury ridden squad. Headlining the updates, Stephen Tomasin, who went down in Sydney with a knee injury, is clear to be selected for Hong Kong Sevens. Forced to sit out for the past three HSBC World Sevens Series stops, Tomasin may now be fully considered for the... Read More
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