Carlin Isles and Perry Baker have become the faces of the United States 7s team. That thought might churn the insides of some in the American rugby community, that two seemingly fly-by-night guys have been fast tracked through the ranks, surpassing so many players from the age-grade system and the typical breeding grounds of club and college rugby. But, when you watch the Eagles play in the... Read More
The Men’s National 7s Team made the two time-zone, 14-hour trek from Dubai to Port Elizabeth Monday. On tap Wednesday are two training sessions, while Tuesday was used largely for review of the Eagles’ 2-3 performance in Dubai, which saw them slip from 9th to 11th in the standings.
Day One in the United Arab Emirates was competitive. The Eagles were close to knocking off England in the tournament... Read More
The Eagles bowed out of the Dubai 7s with a 24-15 defeat at the hands of France in the Bowl Semifinals Saturday. The USA will slip in the overall standings after finishing 2-3 on the weekend.
France had possession first, but coughed it up near the American 22. Danny Barrett scooped the ball and went the other way, but the Eagles gave it back when Maka Unufe was called for going off his feet at... Read More
The United States overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to avoid an upset in the Bowl Quarterfinals Friday in Dubai, beating Japan 14-12. Zack Test was suited up, but on the bench with a heavily taped ankle, and the Eagles lacked structure without their most senior play maker.
The first several minutes of the game saw neither team hold onto the ball long enough to do anything with it. Five minutes... Read More
The Eagles finally got a well-deserved win in their final pool game in Dubai, beating Kenya, 26-17. The Eagles jumped out to a commanding advantage and held on for the win.
The United States opened with three consecutive tries, taking 19-0 lead. Carlin Isles scored the first, burning up the touch line seconds after the opening kickoff. Isles scored the second one, too, but it was more of a team... Read More
The United States dropped to 0-2 in Dubai with a 26-10 loss at the hands of Australia Saturday. The game mirrored the earlier loss to England in many ways, and it sees the Eagles relegated to the Bowl competition on day two, as Australia and England have punched their tickets to the Cup rounds.
Australia kicked off to start the contest, and the ball didn’t go 10 meters. The Eagles ran a set play... Read More
England handed the Eagles a 19-10 defeat in their opening game in Dubai. The sides went stride for stride in the first half, but the penalty count piled up in England’s favor, leading to the result.
Perry Baker nearly sped in seconds after the opening whistle. Zack Test took a half gap and flicked the ball to Baker, who just stepped into touch when beating Tom Mitchell. After the England lineout... Read More
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