It’s not time to hit the panic button, but Team USA is ailing, evidenced by back-to-back bowl quarterfinal appearances in Singapore and Paris. Last season ended on a sublime note – the Eagles won their first-ever World Series tournament in the London finale, and they beat Canada emphatically in the North American championship match to qualify for the Olympics. But this season, recapturing that... Read More
Mike Friday has named his squad for the upcoming Paris stop on the HSBC Sevens World Series May 13-15, and there are some changes. Pinkelman and Palamo come back, and Ebner earns his first outright selection.
The New England Patriot did play on the Asian leg, but he was last-minute injury cover for Carlin Isles, who still is not with the team. This marks the first time Friday appointed to a 12-... Read More
Longstanding USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville is leaving the United States to become the director of professional rugby for the Rugby Football Union, English rugby's governing body. Melville was already stepping down as CEO of USA Rugby to take on the same role with Rugby International Marketing, the governing body's new for-profit arm. Now, he will be out of American rugby altogether in any formal... Read More
The Rio Games are now less than 100 days away, and companies looking to ride the craze created by the Olympics are snapping up athletes to sponsor or partner with. Already, several Team USA rugby players are endorsing products or companies. Madison Hughes and Kristen Thomas are with Penn Mutual, Carlin Isles is with Red Bull, Nike, etc.
But maybe the most high-profile pickup in the rugby space... Read More
The USA’s Cup quarterfinal streak came to an end at nine-in-a-row Saturday in Singapore, as the Eagles lost a must-win tilt against New Zealand, 19-12, to finish pool play. Thanks to some French upsets, both sides entered the game 1-1, with the winner moving to the top eight and the loser being relegated to the Bowl.
There was some tough luck for Team USA in the second half, but luck didn’t play... Read More
France backed up an upset of New Zealand, a shocking 24-0 shutout, with a 19-17 upset of USA to take the pole position in Pool B. The game was stalemated at 5-5 going into halftime, but France earned a two-try lead in the second stanza and the Eagles came up a conversion short of tying the game.
Madison Hughes opened scoring five minutes in. The game got off to a slow start, and the Americans saw... Read More
Team USA got off to a hot start in Singapore, riding a big first half to a decisive win over rival Canada. The Eagles dominated possession early, with ascendancy in the restarts leading to four tries in the opening half. That trend carried over through intermission, resulting in a 31-0 second-half lead.
Madison Hughes opened scoring a minute in, capitalizing on a Canadian turnover by fly-hacking... Read More
Former Michigan, Rice, NFL and CFL football player Sam McGuffie is working out at the Tiger Academy in Columbus, Ohio. The Texas native rose to fame via his high school highlight tape, which revealed his knack for hurdling would-be tacklers.
McGuffie started his college football career at Michigan before transferring to Rice, playing halfback and running track at both schools and eventually ... Read More
Head coach Richie Walker has made five changes from his debutant tournament in Atlanta last week to his sophomore competition this weekend in Langford, B.C. The seven Eagles who carry over from the home tournament will try to bring the momentum of a 5-1 Plate title performance with them.
Out are Jillion Potter, Meya Bizer, Kate Zackary, Lauren Doyle and Kristen Thomas. Replacing them are Vix... Read More