In 2014, underfunded, undertrained and unprepared, Team USA’s boys and girls finished 1-4 and 1-2-1, respectively, at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The boys’ only win came over Japan, which they lost to in pool play. The girls’ lone win came over Tunisia, and they drew with Spain.
The girls aren’t participating in the Games in Buenos Aires Oct. 6-18, but the boys team representing... Read More
For the fourth time in three years, the search is on for a new Team USA women's 7s coach, as Richie Walker's time has come to an end. The change has been announced as a resignation.
Walker took over midway through the 2015/2016 season for Julie McCoy, who served just two World Series tournaments before being jettisoned. She replaced the late Ric Suggitt in September of 2015.
Walker led the Eagles... Read More
Many of you are probably jetlagged, hungover or otherwise still reeling from a frenetic three days of World Cup rugby in San Francisco. Like Haz, I was seemingly one of few American rugby diehards unable to attend, so the only thing still haunting me is the image seared into my brain by New Zealand’s shorts.
Those things were tighter than the try zones at AT&T Park. So tight, in fact, Kurt... Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - During the Women’s Eagles Sevens Captain’s Run, Kelsi Stockert sustained a minor upper body injury that will force her to miss Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. Stockert was originally intended to replace Alev Kelter.
In her stead, Kelly Griff has flown to San Francisco and joined the team in time for their first match against China at 12:34 PM PT on NBC Sports Gold. Griff last... Read More
When head coach Mike Friday first sat down with a calendar in preparation for Rio 2016, he knew his players would have a long, intense run of training and playing leading into the Olympics, which would be separated from 7s’ other major quadrennial, the World Cup, by an insufficiently short couple of seasons. The World Cup would also be sandwiched on the other end by Olympic qualification and... Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - Last time they were on home soil, the Men's Eagles Sevens achieved greatness alongside crowds of screaming American fans when they won Gold in the Cup Final at 2018 USA Sevens. Now, with a fifth place seeding, Head Coach Mike Friday, his 12 starters and two injury reserves will travel to AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA for the first ever U.S. hosted Rugby World Cup at... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular pdcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this week's episode, Eagle stars Danny Barrett, Alev Kelter and Naya Tapper come on to talk World Cup. Barrett tells us how the Eagles will attack the win-or-go-home format, what it's gonna be like playing at the home of his childhood baseball team, and how it's been having the HSBC cameras following the boys... Read More
Team USA completed its 2017/2018 campaign Saturday, finishing in sixth place, both in the season standings and the Paris 7s hierarchy. The Eagles went 3-2-1 in France, losing the cup quarterfinals to New Zealand.
Carlin Isles ran in several tries on the weekend, bringing his season total to 49. That puts him five tries clear of Wales’ Luke Morgan in the race for the World Series’ leading scorer.... Read More
Monday Morning Halfback is a new weekly snack-sized version of the RUGBY PatCast. It's a shorter podcast featuring Houston Sabercats captain Kyle Sumsion. Going forward, every Monday morning you'll be able to wake up to a quick discussion on the weekend's slate of games.
This week, we go over all of the Major League Rugby results, Kyle reveals his all time favorite player ( hint: it's Alev... Read More