The Women’s Eagles opened their Olympic qualification account with a 2-1 day one in Dubai Thursday. They sloppily edged Russia, 17-12, in the first game, then played New Zealand tough in a 24-19 loss, and blew China out, 61-0, to finish the day. The result is a Cup Quarterfinal berth and a meeting with rival Canada Friday.
In the opening game, the United States built a 10-0 lead with tries from... Read More
2015 will be the biggest year in 7s rugby history, until 2016, when 7s makes its debut in the Olympics. Next year, four teams will qualify for the Rio Games through the HSBC 7s World Series, six via regional qualifying tournaments, and one through a last-chance repechage tournament. The Eagles hope to be among those 12 teams that will participate in Rio, but business has to be taken care of in... Read More
Team USA’s boys finished the Youth Olympic Games 1-4, in second-to-last place, and winless in the pool rounds. Their only win came against Japan after all hope of medaling, in other words finishing in the top half of a six-team event, were gone.
The girls went 1-2-1 in the pool rounds, scooping up their only win against in-over-its-head-Tunisia. The Americans ended up with a better point... Read More
Team USA took on Canada in their second match of the Youth Olympic Games and lost by a score of 19-14. The Americans were put on their heels from the opening kickoff, absorbing a vicious Canadian attack.
Canadian flyhalf H. Darling, who has been playing phenomenal throughout the tournament, started the scoring off for Canada two minutes into the game. Canada converted to take a 7-0 lead. The... Read More
The Americans started strong in their opening match at the Youth Olympic Games against Kenya, but ultimately fell 22-12. Just a minute into the game USA prop Hanco Germishuys bullied over several opposing players. Germishuys' run sucked in several Kenyan defenders, which prompted USA to swing the ball wide to Jojo Tikoisuva, who ran 20 meters down the sideline for the try. Cian Barry converted... Read More
Team USA opened their Youth Olympic Games campaign with a 12-12 tie against Spain. The Americans initiated the attack in the opening minutes, stealing a scrum located on the right side of the field. The backline swiftly swung the ball through the hands out to Michel Navarro, who scampered in for the first try of the match. Richelle Stephens converted, giving Team USA a 7-0 lead.
Shortly after,... Read More
While many in the American rugby community and those watching from outside the borders continue to be intrigued by male crossover athletes taking up 7s, like Carlin Isles and the prospects of an Ahman Green (he’ll never suit up for the Eagles, by the way), women's head coach Ric Suggitt is stockpiling real-deal crossovers on the women’s team.
Perhaps the most famous name to flirt with rugby was... Read More
Men's Health magazine recently ranked the '50 Fittest Male Athletes in the World', and Carlin Isles came in at No. 15. He was the only rugby player on the list. He came in ahead of the likes of Adrian Peterson, JJ Watt and Colin Kaepernick of the NFL, Tim Howard of World Cup fame, Jamaican sprinter Carlin Isles, Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Olympic wonder Michael Phelps. Cristiano Ronaldo came in... Read More
The boy’s team heading to Nanjing to represent the United States in the Youth Olympics later this month is gathering at Stanford University for the next several days before making the flight to China. For head coach Ben Gollings, it will be his first opportunity to meet his charges in person.
He and assistant coach Salty Thompson, who recently returned from Argentina as head coach of the High... Read More
The New Zealand Rugby Union is setting aside $2 million to bring in 15s stars for the 2016 Olympic run, according to a report from the New Zealand Herald. Sonny Bill Williams, Cory Jane and Liam Messam are some of the names being bandied about, and if the NZRU is going to ask these players to miss out on their Super Rugby contracts for the 2016 season, they’re going to have to pay them.
This is... Read More