Former Life All-American Colton Cariaga has been selected to tour South America with the USA Falcons and participate in the next high performance camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The Falcons will be coached by recently retired Nese Malifa and include several OTC-contracted players, as well as those on the Eagle radar. They’ll participate in CONSUR tournaments in Chile... Read More
Calling Zack Test America’s best 7s player used to elicit some debate. But the 25-year-old now comfortably claims that title, and it might be safe to say he, the USA’s all-time try leader on the 7s World Series, is the best 7s Eagle of all time.
It’s hard to rely solely on statistics to crown Test the best ever, because the Eagles haven’t always been core members of the circuit, the World Series... Read More
2015 is going to be an incredibly busy year for the men’s Eagles, both 15s and 7s, with the Rugby World Cup in the fall and the Olympic Qualification ongoing through June. We have lined out a rough schedule below.
Impressive in this schedule is the Eagles’ long lead up to the World Cup. In 2011, they had just three full-fledged matches to get ready for the quadrennial tournament. This time around... Read More
Few players pulled on a national team jersey more than Danny Barrett in 2014. Getting plenty of face time with fans by playing both 7s and 15s regularly, he’s becoming one of America’s favorite Eagles. His hard-charging runs, lethal stiff-arms and bone-crunching shoulder charges are trademark moves.
“I love his combination of he’s a hard-ass who can run over you or run around you,” Eagles coach... Read More
The women’s 7s team stumbled to a disappointing seventh-place finish a couple of weeks ago in Dubai, the opening tournament of the Olympic-qualifying season. The Eagles beat Russia twice and China once, but fell to Fiji, New Zealand and Canada. The Fiji and New Zealand games were close, but the 36-0 drubbing at the hands of Canada was embarrassing.
There are still five tournaments left, and... Read More
The USA Falcons, a developmental 7s side run by USA Rugby, will compete in a pair of CONSUR tournaments in South America next month. The Falcons will play in Mar del Plata, Argentina Jan. 10 and Vina del Mar, Chile Jan. 17.
Nese Malifa will coach the side. The 29-year-old started with the 7s and 15s Eagles in 2007, and he was contracted with the 7s team just last season. He, along with twin... Read More
The Men’s 7s Eagles took a massive step forward in Port Elizabeth over the weekend, reaching the Cup rounds for the first time on the season. They mowed down Kenya, Wales, Scotland and Fiji – all teams that finished higher than the United States in last season’s final standings, and which usually finish ahead of the USA – en route to the Plate title.
Not only did the Eagles put together those big... Read More
The United States took the Plate Final in dramatic fashion Sunday in Port Elizabeth. The Eagles jumped all over Fiji to start, scoring two tries in quick succession for a 14-0 lead, and after Fiji tied the game up in the second half, Perry Baker came on to ice the win.
Fiji took possession first in the contest, but a wayward offload wound up in Andrew Durutalo’s hands. The Eagles then reversed... Read More