Two World Series debutants and two veterans have been drafted into Team USA as injury cover for this weekend's Vancouver tournament. Seth Halliman and Ben Leatigaga will make their Series debuts, and Thretton Palamo and Pat Blair their returns. All four played with the Falcons at the Las Vegas Invitational last week.
Maka Unufe suffered a separated shoulder and Will Holder a concussion at USA... Read More
Will Holder, Maka Unufe and Carlin Isles will not be with the men's Eagles in Vancouver this weekend. Holder (concussion) and Unufe (separated shoulder) suffered injuries in Las Vegas that will keep them out at least for now. Isles is doubling down on his Olympic dream by trying to qualify as a sprinter, as well as a rugby player, and he'll be at a track meet on the weekend.
That leaves some... Read More
Beating Kenya was important, and not just because it was the Cup quarterfinal at the USA Sevens. It was important because at the last tournament, in Sydney, the Eagles held a 21-0 second-half lead over Kenya before crumbling to lose the Plate semifinal, 24-21.
“That game was personal, not only for me with my heavy affection for the Kenyan people who I love, but also for our boys. We had to right... Read More
South Africa pulled away from the United States in the Pool D finale Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium to claim a 29-0 win and clean sheet through group play. The result sets the Blitzboks up with a Cup quarterfinal match with New Zealand.
The Eagles finished pool play 1-1-1, eking through to the top eight for a record seventh-straight tournament. Canada’s loss to Wales the game prior sealed the USA’s... Read More
Speed is the name of the game in 7s, and Bryan Habana knows all too well its power. In his first touch in over a decade’s absence from the circuit, the man who has been asked to race a Cheetah found himself in an all too familiar position – the try zone.
While Habana has been the king of speed in the rugby world for the last decade, he is playing with and against the new faces of pace in 7s rugby... Read More
Despite letting a three-try lead slip away against Canada, the United States is still in good position heading into Saturday’s final pool match with South Africa. A Canadian loss or tie against Wales would see the Eagles through to the Cup Quarterfinals, as would an American win over South Africa.
Even if the Eagles lose, they have a significant head start in the point differential category.... Read More
USA’s opening win over Wales wasn’t pretty, but a win nonetheless, and head coach Mike Friday seemed relieved to have gotten one in the bag walking off Rhino Rugby Field at Sam Boyd Stadium. It’s no doubt been a long week for the Eagles, who are always inundated with appearances and outside obligations leading up to their home tournament. All things considered, Friday is probably duly relieved by... Read More
Maka Unufe returns to the lineup for Las Vegas, giving the Eagles much needed punch in the midfield. He's joined by Garrett Bender in his return. Unufe missed the Wellington and Sydney tournaments for family reasons, and Bender was injured.
The other returner is Martin Iosefo, who was called into Australia after Kevin Swiryn tore his ACL in New Zealand, but Iosefo suffered his own injury and... Read More
USA Sevens is set for another record year in 2016, with increased sponsorship revenue and all signs pointing toward a big jump in attendance. Tickets are still being sold, so the final numbers won’t be tallied until Sunday, but the pre-sale trend is up significantly from 2015, which saw 75,761 pass through the Sam Boyd Stadium turnstiles over three days.
The internal expectation from USA Sevens... Read More