USA Rugby announced the removal of Ric Suggitt from the role of women's 7s head coach Monday. A new Eagles coach is supposed to be named Wednesday. Suggitt's contract was set to expire in December, when the new World Series season gets underway, but the coaching change will take effect immediately.
Suggitt served as the Eagles 7s coach since 2010, seeing the team through a third-place finish at... Read More
Canada owned the podium at the Pan-Am Games over the weekend, taking gold in both the men's and women's competitions. Both Canadian teams also knocked their American counterparts out of gold medal contention.
On the women's side, the race for first was a two-team affair. The USA crushed everyone but Canada, and Canada crushed everyone, including the Eagles. In their round-robin meeting, which... Read More
The United States women have the chance to maybe make history this weekend at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto. It’s tough to tell if the Eagles have won back-to-back tournaments before, and if so when, as the all-time women’s 7s records aren’t tidy and easy to find, but if they take gold on the weekend they’ll have two-consecutive tournament wins for the first time since at least 2011, if not ever.... Read More
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