Years of hard work and sacrifice culminate for more than 20 athletes this week, as final selections for Mike Friday’s Team USA draw near. They’ve been in camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. for a month, and this week the competition has ramped up to include more live game play.
“This week we’re starting to see the results of what they’ve been putting in,” said Friday. “... Read More
The Olympic rugby schedules have been announced. The women’s competition kicks off Saturday Aug. 6 and wraps up with the medal games Monday Aug. 8. The men’s competition commences the following day, and their medal rounds are set for Thursday Aug. 11.
With the unveiling of the schedules comes the reveal of some previously unknown tidbits. For example, teams who don’t reach the quarterfinals still... Read More
The Rio Olympics begin in eight weeks. Between now and then, a pool of 30 or so players has to be whittled down to 12, and that process begins Monday June 20th, with the start of the Rio camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
While a handful of guys are currently assembled with the 15s team ahead of tests the next two weekends with Italy and Russia (Nate Augspurger, Andrew... Read More
NBC Sports Network's one-hour special, "Rugby Rising", which aired Saturday and Sunday afternoon prior to the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, is being followed up with more mainstream coverage, as Showtime's "60 Minutes Sports" will feature Team USA tonight at 9pm ET.
The Emmy-winning news magazine was on hand at the USA Sevens in March, with "Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan doing the... Read More
With the HSBC Sevens World Series done and dusted, only one hurdle remains before the Olympic pools are settled – the final qualification tournament June 18-19 in Monte Carlo. However, we know the top two seeds of each men’s pools already, and we know what the groups will be given different potential outcomes in Monte Carlo. The women’s pools are still much more convoluted.
The pool seeds are... Read More
Team USA capped off its finest season yet with a third-place finish at London 7s, beating Fiji 26-19 at Twickenham Sunday. The win was exorcised some of the season’s demons, as the Eagles lost all four previous meetings this Series, two of them late in tournaments by a small margin. This time, they made the plays down the stretch to secure the win.
The result sees the USA finish sixth in the... Read More
Mike Friday’s squad fell just a few minutes short of returning to the London 7s cup final Sunday at Twickenham, losing 24-17 to Scotland. The Eagles led 17-7 midway through the second half, but a flurry of Scottish tries pulled the plug on American cup hopes. Team USA will now face Fiji, who is likely to be in the Eagles’ pool at the Olympics, in the consolation match.
Scotland controlled... Read More
Perry Baker’s four tries and a perfect six-for-six conversions from Madison Hughes saw the Eagles beat New Zealand 42-14 in the cup quarterfinals of London 7s Sunday. The win is the USA’s fourth over New Zealand ever, with the other three all coming earlier in the season. It’s also the Eagles’ largest margin of victory over the All Blacks.
Awaiting the USA in the semifinals is Scotland at 10:10 a... Read More
Team USA went 1-1-1 on day one in London, beating Samoa 12-5 to start the day, then falling 14-10 to South Africa and tying Canada 12-12. The results were good enough to finish second in Pool A. The Eagles ended the group stage tied in points with Canada, but a superior point differential sees them through to the Cup quarterfinals for an eighth time this season. They're set to face New Zealand at... Read More
Three teams will be representing the United States this weekend in Europe, as the men’s Eagles cap off the HSBC Sevens World Series in London, the men’s Falcons play in Howard Hinton 7s in Paris and their female counterparts play in the London Invitational. For the men, this is the last weekend for international competition before the Olympic squad is picked. For the women, it’s the penultimate... Read More