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
Thretton Palamo will make his second appearance in three tournaments for Mike Friday's 7s Eagles this weekend in Cape Town. He comes in for Nate Augspurger, who flew back to the United States after Dubai for his brother's wedding.
Palamo joins the team from his post with the London Welsh, having played last weekend for the club instead of in Dubai for the 7s team. Not that the Welsh would have... Read More
The stars may be aligned for former U20 and Ohio State star Nate Ebner to finish his season with the New England Patriots and make a push for the Rio Olympics. Ebner is currently a valued member of New England's special teams unit, but in a previous life he was one helluva rugby player.
Any words linking Ebner to a rugby comeback are pure speculation, of course, and they should stay that way,... Read More
Mike Friday’s Eagles fell just short of the ultimate goal in Dubai, losing 24-19 to England in the Cup Semifinals. However, they ended on a resounding note, beating New Zealand for the second time on the weekend and in history to claim third-place.
To get there, they had to come back and beat South Africa in the quarterfinals. Perry Baker scored first a few minutes into the game. The Eagles and... Read More
For the first time in history, the United States has defeated New Zealand. Never in 15s or 7s had the Eagles done it before, but a game-winning conversion with no time left on the clock saw them knock off the All Blacks, 14-12, in the final pool match in Dubai.
The win is another historic watershed for the program in the last several months. Last season they won their first-ever Cup title,... Read More
Julie McCoy’s Eagles endured a less-than-ideal start to their Olympic season, ending 1-4. They went 0-3 in pool play and fell 15-14 to Japan in the Bowl Semifinal, but ended on a winning note with a 31-24 defeat of Ireland to avoid a last-place finish.
The Eagles started poorly in all of their Day One matches, but against Japan in the Bowl Quarterfinal they bucked that trend by winning the... Read More
It was all red, white and blue in the USA’s opening match in Dubai, as the Eagles cruised to a 45-14 defeat of Portugal. The game got out of hand quickly, then Portugal added a couple of scores before the Eagles threw the floodgates wide open.
The United States struck first through Perry Baker, who swerved through the Portuguese defense in the opening seconds for a try. Zack Test tacked on... Read More