The first-place Eagles return to action Jan. 25 in Hamilton, New Zealand, and head coach Mike Friday has named a 13-man squad to make the trip. He’ll finalize a 12-man roster, designating one as injury replacement, before the start of the tournament.
The team is largely unchanged, with Matai Leuta being the only man missing from consecutive silver-medal performances to start the season. He was... Read More
The New England Patriots named former Eagle Nate Ebner the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award Thursday. The honor is bestowed annually upon an inspirational player from each team who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship. He and the other 31 recipients will receive their award at a ceremony in March in Baltimore, where the namesake of the trophy worked as an athletic... Read More
They all have it. Like a class openside flanker launches a shoulder into a meaty hip, grappling the ball carrier to the ground only to spring up instantly, readying for another go with no regard for oxygen supply, trailblazers, pioneers and people compelled to do what no one has before, are driven by a supernatural tenacity.
Phil Knight struggled to secure loans and flirted with going out of... Read More
You’ve all heard it. After being stuffed repeatedly, a scrum or lineout inside the attacking 22 provides a rare scoring opportunity. To make sure the sense of occasion isn’t lost or wasted, someone points out the newfound proximity to the try line, hoping to inspire hyper focus.
After 42 years of hard yards, the ‘look where we are’ moment for American rugby has arrived. The men’s Eagles have... Read More
CHULA VISTA, CA. - 14 USA Men's Falcons have been named for the annual Sudamérica Rugby Sevens 2019 taking place in South America this January. The full tournament will consist of two legs beginning with Punta Del Este in Uruguay Jan. 5-6 and followed by Viña del Mar in Chile Jan. 12-13.
Along with the USA, the full tournament will consist of teams from 12 nations including Argentina, Canada,... Read More
Sunday, Team USA finished second in Cape Town, winning its second silver medal in as many tournaments to move into first-place in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings for the first time ever. 20-percent of the way through the season, the Eagles are in pole position to finish in the top four and punch their ticket to Tokyo 2020 as a high seed.
Let’s go back a few months. The Eagles just... Read More
Team USA has ticked off another first, reaching back-to-back gold-medal matches for the first time in program history. They did so with a 31-14 defeat of New Zealand in the semifinals Sunday in Cape Town, avenging the only two losses of the season.
Awaiting the USA in the final is Fiji, which beat host South Africa at the death in the other semifinal. The Eagles beat Fiji 24-14 in last week’s... Read More
Team USA made it four-from-four in Cape Town with a 19-12 defeat of England in Sunday’s quarterfinals. The win sees the Eagles to the semifinals for the second-straight tournament, where they’ll face New Zealand, the only team to beat them this season.
The semifinal didn’t start well for the USA, which conceded an English try in the opening minute. Martin Iosefo took a stiff-arm to the chest,... Read More
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Chris Mattina left New York to chase one dream, and he’s returned to go after another. After spending a year with the USA 7s team, the pull of playing professional 15s in his hometown proved too strong to ignore, as Mattina traded a full-time contract with the 7s Eagles for one with upstart Rugby United New York of the MLR.
His rugby journey... Read More
Team USA opened its Olympic qualification campaign with a silver-medal performance in Dubai, accruing a 4-2 record with both losses coming to champ New Zealand. The Eagles defeated Fiji in the quarterfinals and Australia in the semis before falling to the All Blacks in the final, 21-5.
The result is the USA's best-ever start to a season. The previous high mark was a third-place finish in 2015. If... Read More