Since Rio, the men’s 7s team has been chasing its tail a bit. Players scattered to the four winds after the Olympics, and some returned, while others didn’t. The HSBC Sevens World Series started almost too soon, it would seem.
In Dubai and South Africa, the Olympic hangover was evident, as head coach Mike Friday spent less time with the 7s squad in the lead up thanks to his role with the 15s team... Read More
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Four Olympians, including Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games captain Kelly Griffin, have been named to Richie Walker's Women's Eagles Sevens squad for HSBC Sydney7s, the second round of the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.
Beantown Rugby's Sarah Buonopane is set to debut on the Series for the U.S., which is coming off of an 11th-place finish at Emirates Airline... Read More
USA Rugby is in a tight spot financially at the moment. The national office has never been mistaken for Scrooge McDuck’s money pit in the past, but the national governing body is especially lean this year. CEO Dan Payne has talked openly about it, saying they’re starting 2017 about a million dollars in the red.
The stated reasons are the bankruptcy of kit sponsor BLK and the plummeting European... Read More
In the past, quite a few players used the USA sevens program as a stepping-stone toward a professional path in fifteens. However, the landscape has changed. With the Sevens World Series, and USA’s place on it, well-established, and with another Olympic cycle looming as soon as one ends, it isn’t clear how different players with navigate options in sevens and fifteens.
Several of the USA sevens... Read More
The seven years between the announcement that rugby would rejoin the Olympics and the first kickoff in Rio seemed more like decades. Think back to 2009, when the IOC voted yes on rugby – the Black Eyed Peas had the top song on the charts, the second season of Breaking Bad was airing, Jone Naqica was still actively playing for the Eagles and Carlin Isles was three years from touching a rugby ball... Read More
We’ve just had six days of good rugby at the Olympics. Lots of people outside the rugby community have been drawn to sevens and commented on how much fun it is to watch. There seems no doubt that this Olympic tournament was a good thing for rugby and its fans.
Still, I am working hard to feel satisfied. And it is silly that I need to do any work at all to feel satisfied with something so clearly... Read More
Team USA ended its Olympic campaign with a 24-12 win over Spain Thursday, claiming ninth place. The result sees the USA finish with a 3-2 record with two wins over Brazil, the defeat of Spain and losses to Fiji and Argentina.
Spain struck first through Pable Fontes. Spain controlled possession early, and a bevy of penalties marched the USA back to its own try line before Fontes scored from short... Read More
With a 24-12 win over Brazil in the first round of the 9th-12th playoff, Team USA will face off against Spain at 12:00 p.m. ET Thursday for the right to be called the best team that didn’t make the quarterfinals. Spain beat Kenya in the other bottom-four playoff, 14-12.
Brazil scored first in the contest, with Daniel Sancery taking a backhanded offload from Moises Duque. Duque shoved off a tackle... Read More
Team USA’s quest for a medal ended Wednesday with a 24-19 defeat at the hands of Fiji. The result dropped the Americans to 1-2 at the end of pool play with an insufficient point differential to advance. Coming into the match, the USA needed to win, tie or lose by three or less to move on. They fell two points short.
The United States got on the front foot early, but the drive was ended by a bad... Read More
Day one was a mixed bag for Team USA. The Eagles didn’t play well against Argentina, but they nearly won anyway. They shuffled the lineup against Brazil, and though there was a slow start, they got exactly the kind of dominant shutout win they needed.
For head man Mike Friday, Tuesday was a roller coaster of emotions.
“Nerve racking, exciting, anxiety. As you can see, it’s a wild tournament. You... Read More