In the past, quite a few players used the USA sevens program as a stepping-stone toward a professional path in fifteens. However, the landscape has changed. With the Sevens World Series, and USA’s place on it, well-established, and with another Olympic cycle looming as soon as one ends, it isn’t clear how different players with navigate options in sevens and fifteens.
Several of the USA sevens... Read More
The seven years between the announcement that rugby would rejoin the Olympics and the first kickoff in Rio seemed more like decades. Think back to 2009, when the IOC voted yes on rugby – the Black Eyed Peas had the top song on the charts, the second season of Breaking Bad was airing, Jone Naqica was still actively playing for the Eagles and Carlin Isles was three years from touching a rugby ball... Read More
We’ve just had six days of good rugby at the Olympics. Lots of people outside the rugby community have been drawn to sevens and commented on how much fun it is to watch. There seems no doubt that this Olympic tournament was a good thing for rugby and its fans.
Still, I am working hard to feel satisfied. And it is silly that I need to do any work at all to feel satisfied with something so clearly... Read More
Team USA ended its Olympic campaign with a 24-12 win over Spain Thursday, claiming ninth place. The result sees the USA finish with a 3-2 record with two wins over Brazil, the defeat of Spain and losses to Fiji and Argentina.
Spain struck first through Pable Fontes. Spain controlled possession early, and a bevy of penalties marched the USA back to its own try line before Fontes scored from short... Read More
With a 24-12 win over Brazil in the first round of the 9th-12th playoff, Team USA will face off against Spain at 12:00 p.m. ET Thursday for the right to be called the best team that didn’t make the quarterfinals. Spain beat Kenya in the other bottom-four playoff, 14-12.
Brazil scored first in the contest, with Daniel Sancery taking a backhanded offload from Moises Duque. Duque shoved off a tackle... Read More
Team USA’s quest for a medal ended Wednesday with a 24-19 defeat at the hands of Fiji. The result dropped the Americans to 1-2 at the end of pool play with an insufficient point differential to advance. Coming into the match, the USA needed to win, tie or lose by three or less to move on. They fell two points short.
The United States got on the front foot early, but the drive was ended by a bad... Read More
Day one was a mixed bag for Team USA. The Eagles didn’t play well against Argentina, but they nearly won anyway. They shuffled the lineup against Brazil, and though there was a slow start, they got exactly the kind of dominant shutout win they needed.
For head man Mike Friday, Tuesday was a roller coaster of emotions.
“Nerve racking, exciting, anxiety. As you can see, it’s a wild tournament. You... Read More
Phew, that was a roller coaster! Now what does it mean for the USA’s medal chances? World Rugby has you covered with the standings, but we'll look at the knockout scenarios from an American perspective.
Let’s start with the the possibilities of Pool A. If the USA beats Fiji and Argentina beats Brazil, it’ll be a three-way tie between Fiji, America and Argentina, all of whom would be 2-1... Read More
With newfound purpose and determination, USA shutout Brazil, 26-0, to pull to 1-1 in Pool A on Tuesday in Rio. Nate Ebner and Ben Pinkleman took over the match with great performances, and Carlin Isles scored a try on his first touch of the tournament.
USA kicked off to Brazil, and the hosts worked the middle of field retaining the majority of the early possession. After a USA penalty, the Eagles... Read More
There are 12 teams split across three pools. The top two teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals, along with two of the three third-place teams. How are places determined?
There is a simple point structure in place – 3 for a win, 2 for a tie, and 1 for any loss. Unlike in 15s, there are no bonus points of any kind. If you lose by 100 or 1, you still get 1 point. If you score 96 tries or 2... Read More