What an incredible three days that was. The hours, days and weeks of anticipation leading up to Saturday’s first kickoff seemed more like months, years and decades, but the games themselves zipped by at the speed of light. At the end of it, Team USA’s women finished 3-2-1 and in fifth place.
A medal was the goal, but the women who poured it on the line have to walk away with their heads high.... Read More
Barring injury and the use of traveling reserves, only 24 members of Team USA's men's and women's rugby teams will be able to call themselves Olympians. Dozens have been left behind via selections. Men's head coach Mike Friday has made it clear, as have several players, that the teams will be playing for not just themselves, but those who didn't make the team. Really, the honor roll should be... Read More
The women start off Saturday with Fiji at 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. This is a massively important match as far as determining the knockout stages go, as these two teams figure to finish second or third. The USA won the last three meetings against Fijiana, beating them in France, Canada and Atlanta. All-time on the Women's World Series, the USA holds a 6-2 record over Fiji.
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Here is some context and some details for what the USA Women will face in pool play at the Olympics. The USA Women are in Pool A in Rio, along with Fiji, Columbia, and Australia. In the best-case scenario for USA, they defeat Fiji and Columbia--which would earn them a spot in the quarterfinals--and then play the final pool match against Australia with no pressure.
There were... Read More
The full listing of Olympic coverage has been revealed, so we know now which rugby matches will be show when and on which channels. All of Team USA's men's and women's pool games will be shown live on television, and every single match in both competitions will be streamed live online.
It's important to remember these listings are all subject to change. If Team USA finds itself in the semifinals... Read More
Mike Friday picked a team to win Gold. He didn’t pick a safe team. He didn’t pick a team that he knew would acquit itself well but probably didn’t have the firepower to take down Fiji or New Zealand in the knockout rounds. He is swinging for the fences.
To be fair, there’s not much difference between what would have been considered a safe team and the one he picked. A number of guys would... Read More
Two years ago, to the day, from Mike Friday being announced as head coach of the USA’s men’s 7s team, the 12-man squad that would represent America in the Rio Olympics was announced. The selections were made at the end of a four-week camp, but for Friday and his staff, the process was two years in the making. For many of the players, it was much, much longer.
“It was brutal,” said Friday of... Read More
One of rugby's biggest story lines of the last year was the game's 15s superstars giving 7s a go ahead of the Olympics. So far, that experiment has borne little fruit. South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have all named their squads for Rio, and only one 15s star, Sonny Bill Williams, has made the cut.
Missing out on Olympic selection were New Zealand's Liam Messam, South Africa's Bryan... Read More
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