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
Chris Wyles announced his retirement from international 15s Tuesday, saying he wants to turn his focus to his professional club Saracens and making the USA's 7s team for the Rio Olympics. Wyles finishes his 15s career as captain, having amassed 54 caps and 16 tries. He's the second-most-capped USA back of all time behind Mike Petri.
After finishing last season with the Saracens, Wyles signaled... Read More
Mike Friday has chosen to take a 13-man traveling squad to the next two stops of the 7s World Series in Wellington, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. It's the second time he's chosen to take 13 on tour this season, perhaps prepping for the Olympics, which will allow for an injury replacement on top of the 12-man roster. Mike Te'o traveled with the Eagles to Dubai and Cape Town but was not... Read More
The USA Falcons went 2-4 and finished fourth at the Mar del Plata, Argentina stretch of the two-tournament Americas 7s over the weekend. The Falcons went 1-2 in Saturday's pool play, beating Brazil and losing to Chile and Argentina. On day two they beat Uruguay in the Cup Quarterfinals, lost to Argentina in the semis and dropped a second match to Chile in the consolation final.
It was a mixed... Read More
Mike Friday has called on 20 players for his high performance camp ahead of the Wellington and Sydney leg of the 7s World Series. 18 Olympic Training Center residents and two non-residents will convene at the OTC Jan. 11-16 in Chula Vista, Calif.
Newly minted OTC residents Thretton Palamo, Kevin Swiryn and Peter Tiberio are among the 20 competing for selection, as are Colorado State’s Ben... Read More
Thretton Palamo, Kevin Swiryn and Peter Tiberio have made the move to Chula Vista, Calif. to train full-time at the Olympic Training Center. It's unclear if they are just additions to the rest of the athletes already contracted in Chula Vista, or if they are replacing some whose contracts have expired. In the past, this has been the time of year when contracts were up for renewal, or not.
Swiryn... Read More
USA Rugby will send a 7s side on a South American tour for the second year in a row in the coming weeks. Eagle hopefuls will play in Mar del Plata, Argentina Jan. 9-10 and Vina del Mar, Chile Jan. 16-17.
The team for the first tournament, and presumably the same for the second tournament, includes two capped Eagles, Mike Te’o and Aladdin Schirmer, and several up-and-comers. Most of them played... Read More