The United States quite literally stumbled out of the blocks to start the Olympic season Thursday in Dubai, going 0-3 with a 12-5 loss to Ireland, a 24-19 defeat at the hands of Fiji, and a 35-5 drubbing by rival Canada.
The theme through all three was starting very slow. In all three games the USA surrendered two early tries before getting on the board. Against Fiji and Ireland, they nearly... Read More
It was a third-straight slow start for the USA, and a third straight loss, 35-5 to Canada. The victors opened with a knock-on advantage after Katy Johnson couldn’t haul in the kickoff, then there was a penalty on the USA for diving over in the ruck, and with another knock-on advantage Karen Paquin was across for the opening score.
The Canadians regained possession when Richelle Stephens was... Read More
The United States fell to 0-2 in Dubai with a 24-19 loss to Fiji. The Eagles again dug themselves a two-score deficit in the first half before attempting to come back, spending almost the entire half on defense.
Fiji scored less than 30 seconds in. Jillian Potter went up for the opening kickoff and tapped it to her side, but Fiji won the ball from there and two offloads later Luisa Tisolo was off... Read More
Handling errors stifled the Eagles in their season opener in Dubai Thursday, as they fell 12-5 to Ireland. The Eagles took the opening restart but surrendered a scrum and possession with a forward pass immediately. Ireland and the USA would then trade possession in the American half as nerves were worked out, and eventually Ireland’s Ali Miller picked up from a ruck and sped around Jane Paar for... Read More
The second Julie McCoy era for the Women’s 7s team officially began in September when she took over for Ric Suggitt after his five years as head coach. Tomorrow, we get our first glimpse at her new team, as the opening leg of the Women’s World Series kicks off in Dubai.
Three months is longer than a blink of an eye, but perhaps not quite enough to uproot a coaching staff, implant another and get... Read More
He’s both the new guy on the block and the comeback kid. Kevin Swiryn, by age the oldest guy on Team USA’s 12-man squad kicking off the HSBC Sevens World Series this week in Dubai, is returning to the circuit after five years away.
His story isn’t new to most in the rugby community – he played football at St. Mary’s in Moraga, Calif., and when the gridiron program was dropped he picked up rugby.... Read More
Six of the 12 players selected for the opening stretch of the upcoming HSBC Sevens World Series by Mike Friday have college football experience, which ties for the most in the modern era of the 7s Eagles, since Team USA started playing in every tournament on the Series. It might well be an all-time record.
Zack Test joined the Oregon football team as a preferred walk-on wide receiver in 2007.... Read More
The first leg of the last HSBC Sevens World Series before rugby returns to the Olympics kicks off next weekend in Dubai, and Monday USA men’s coach Mike Friday announced his 12-man roster.
Carlin Isles, Matai Leuta, Garrett Bender, Zack Test, Folau Niua, Maka Unufe, Nate Augspurger, Madison Hughes and Perry Baker all return after multiple selections last season.
Will Holder will make his first... Read More
Eight high performance 7s sides (rosters listed below) will compete for a $10,000 purse this weekend at Halloween 7s in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The impressive field includes two USA Rugby teams, the Hawks and Falcons, Canada's Maple Leafs and an Argentine squad. Rounding out the competition are city- and regionally-based all-star squads from Denver, Ohio, Utah and New York.
The Hawks look a lot like... Read More