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
Following a fourth-place at Brazil Women’s Sevens, Julie McCoy’s USA Women’s Sevens squad is looking for a bounce-back tournament at the Las Vegas Invitational, with a few new faces in tow vying for their shot at Rio 2016.
McCoy said her Olympics-bound team showed a lot of promise in Brazil, especially after a disappointing 1-4 record at Dubai Sevens in December.
“When we played with connection... Read More
Team USA finds itself grouped with New Zealand, Japan and Spain for the home stretch of the Women's 7s World Series April 8-9 in Atlanta. The tournament is split into three pools of four, with the top two teams from each and the top two third-place teams moving to the Cup Quarterfinals.
The Eagles are 1-3 against their pool mates so far this season, having lost 15-14 to Japan in Dubai, beaten... Read More
South Africa head coach Neil Powell has picked Bryan Habana for the Las Vegas and Vancouver leg of the HSBC 7s World Series. With over 100 test caps, Habana is possibly the most decorated 15s star to make the switch to 7s in preparation for the Olympcis.
He may be joined by clubmate Quade Cooper, who will be with Australia in Las Vegas. Both were released from their duties with their... Read More
Springbok flyer Bryan Habana will join the South African 7s team this week in an effort to make the Blitzbokke squad for the upcoming World Series stops in Las Vegas and Vancouver. His possible inclusion rivals that of New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams and Australia's Quade Cooper for the most famous player to make the transition to the Olympic code.
“Bryan is one of those players that always has... Read More
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