Shalom Suniula has resumed residency at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The former captain was one of the original contracted players when the residency program began back in 2011, but he left during the transition from the Alex Magleby era to that of Matt Hawkins.
Since then, he has been primarily camped in Seattle, working with Atavus and playing for the Saracens. He shifted... Read More
All things considered, the Eagles have as smooth a road to the Cup in Las Vegas as can be asked for. They have a winning record so far this season against everyone in their pool except Canada, who they haven’t played. And in Pool A, which the USA’s pool crosses over against in the knockout rounds, only Kenya has beaten the USA more times than not this year.
The USA has dominated Wales so far this... Read More
Kevin Swiryn and Brett Thompson have suffered knee injuries that will keep them off the field in Sydney and potentially much longer. Thompson was on the traveling squad last week in Wellington and sufferred a torn ACL Wednesday. He will presumably be out until after the Rio Olympics.
The severity of Swiryn's injury is not yet publicly known, but he went down untouched while cutting in the Plate... Read More
Team USA bowed out of the Wellington 7s in the Plate semifinals Saturday, falling 17-5 to Australia to finish the tournament 2-3. The greater loss, though, may end up being a valued veteran.
Kevin Swiryn went down with an apparent knee injury. He cut and, untouched, crumpled to the ground, dropping the ball in the process. Australia picked up possession and scored shortly after. Right after the... Read More
The Eagles stood toe-to-toe with defending Series champion Fiji Saturday in the Cup semifinals, but Fiji came out on top, 21-12. The loss drops the USA to Plate contention.
The first- and third-ranked teams in the world slugged each other for the first five minutes of the match, both having probing possessions shut down by the other. In the sixth minute Carlin Isles ended the stalemate with a... Read More
Paced by five tries from speedsters Carlin Isles and Perry Baker, the United States scratched out a fifth-straight Cup Quarterfinal appearance with a 2-1 day one in Wellington, New Zealand. They opened with a 24-20 win over Samoa, then fell flat against England to the tune of 19-5 before finishing with a 29-21 defeat of France.
The USA got up early via two tries from Baker and held a two score... Read More
While speedsters Perry Baker and Carlin Isles continue to be favored fodder for the announcers, Folau Niua quietly goes about his business as one of the most indispensable members of the team and Madison Hughes just kicks game-winning touch-line conversions to slay the All Blacks, the stable of capable, and even world-class, forwards gets deeper and deeper for USA’s 7s team.
“We are very... Read More
(Initially this report incorrectly indicated Unufe traveled to Wellington and may have been dropped on form or because of injury.)
Mike Friday took 13 players to Wellington with the full intention of sitting one out. It ended up being Brett Thompson, who was brought into the traveling squad late as cover for Maka Unufe, who became unexpectedly unavailable the week the team departed after... Read More
The long awaited sevens debut for world famous All Black Sonny Bill Williams will happen this weekend in Wellington. Williams was named to the New Zealand 7s squad for the first time, having switched to the abbreviated code after the conclusion of the World Cup. He is joined in the Wllington side by fellow 15s All Black Augustine Pulu and Ben Lam, who took the Series by storm a couple of years... Read More
Penn Mutual announced this week the sponsorship of Team USA standouts Madison Hughes and Kristen Thomas. The rugby-invested life insurance company has put its clout behind many rugby ventures in recent years, namely the Collegiate Rugby Championship and Varsity Cup, of which it is the title sponsor. The Pennsylvania-based company also sponsors the National Small College Rugby Organization. But... Read More