The 7s Eagles are enjoying unparalleled success these days. They’re qualified for the 2016 Olympics, which hadn’t seemed like much of a sure bet since 2009, when it was announced 7s would be included in the Rio Games. They’re coming off their best World Series in program history, reaching six Cup Quarterfinals, three semifinals and winning their first-ever tournament title in London. Going into... Read More
The cupboard is far from bare for the Pan-Ams this weekend. Save former Army All-American Ben Leatigaga, every member of the team has World Series experience. Still, stalwarts like Andrew Durutalo, Danny Barrett, Zack Test, Folau Niua and Maka Unufe are not in Toronto.
That makes room for Leatigaga, Stephen Tomasin, Mike Te’o, Will Holder, Patrick Blair and Brett Thompson. Only Blair got any time... Read More
The men’s and women’s Eagles have landed in Toronto for the Pan-Am Games. The women’s team arrived Sunday and the men Monday, and they’re shaking off the three-hour time difference in preparation for the weekend’s competition.
Both the men and women will kickoff Saturday at Exhibition Stadium and play through Sunday. This event provides the closest thing to the Olympic experience outside the... Read More
World Rugby has finally announced the dates and venues for the 2015/2016 HSBC 7s World Series. After months of misinformation and speculation, it's official that Vancouver, Paris and Singapore are new stops on the men's series and Glasgow and Tokyo are out.
USA 7s has moved, at least for the next season, to March 4-6 and will now pair with the Vancouver tournament a week later. It had previously... Read More
Sunday’s Olympic qualification was a win to be shared by everyone in American rugby, but the taste of victory was perhaps sweetest for Carlin Isles. In 2012 he made the bold, and according to many in his circle at the time, crazy decision to walk away from track and pursue a sport he’d never played.
Isles had qualified to sprint at the 2012 Olympic Trials ahead of the London Games. His chances of... Read More
That. Just. Happened. After sweeping the North American Caribbean Rugby Association Championships, both the men's and women's national teams will be representing the United States in the 2016 Olympic Games, defending the back-to-back gold medals won by the USA men in Belgium in 1920 and France in 1924.
It’s hard to put this moment into historical context, but I think it’s fair to say it’s the... Read More
The United States Women’s National Team defeated Mexico, 88-0, to win the NACRA 7s Championship and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The lopsided nature of the win was fitting for an American side that conceded just one try over the two-day event.
The USA asserted its dominance in the first minute. Mexico was called for a breakdown penalty a couple of seconds after... Read More
The United States defeated Canada, 21-5, Sunday at WakeMed Soccer Park to win the NACRA 7s Championship and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Eagles stormed out to a 21-0 lead in the first half, and scrappy defense and Canadian mistakes helped the USA overcome two yellow cards and a flurry of penalties to hold on for the win.
Canada committed a penalty in the... Read More
Though the exact game-day roster still needs to be trimmed by one from the 13-man traveling squad named earlier this week, when the Eagles take the field Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. there’s a fair chance Chis Wyles will be kitted out and ready to contribute. With 45 appearances for the 15s team, making him the most-capped American fullback of all time, Wyles is creeping towards... Read More