With a 28-17 defeat of Spain, Team USA has completed a clean sweep of Pool C. The Eagles already had a berth to the quarterfinals in the bag after beating Australia and Samoa, so head coach Mike Friday opted to make changes to the starting lineup, starting debutant Cody Melphy at flyhalf and fellow rookie Joe Schroeder at prop.
Up next is the quarterfinals at 5:48 p.m. local time. The Eagles will... Read More
You could probably script a better start to the USA Sevens for the home team, but why would you? The Eagles went 2-0, avenging recent losses to tough opponents, and they’re onto the quarterfinals for the fourth-straight year. Neither Samoa nor Australia made the Eagles sweat in the second half, allowing the Americans to empty the bench and for debutant Cody Melphy to touch the field.
“We’ve been... Read More
USA Sevens has moved to a new broadcaster for 2018 – ESPN. The three-day event will be shown live and in tape delay on two of the media giant’s networks. Each day, two hours of live coverage will air on ESPNews and then re-air later on ESPN2. The tournament will also be available live online on ESPN3 for those with access to ESPN via a participating cable subscription.
Live on ESPNews 6:30... Read More
The turf at Sam Boyd Stadium has been kind to the home team recently, with the Eagles reaching the semifinals each of the last three USA Sevens. They’ve gradually inched closer to a berth in the championship match, losing to New Zealand by two tries in 2015, then Fiji by seven in 2016 and South Africa by three last year. Both Fiji in ’16 and South Africa in ’17 went on to win the whole enchilada... Read More
In the history of the 7s national team, perhaps no player has meant more than Zack Test. From 2009-2016, he was Iron Man, missing only three tournaments over the course of an eight-year career. Test walked off the 7s pitch for the last time following the Rio Olympics, holding the USA’s all-time records for tries scored and tournaments played.
When the Eagles were struggling through the Shield and... Read More
Team USA’s women will face Australia in a five-game series as part of the USA Sevens later this week. The matches came together at the behest of the Australians, the reigning Olympic champs.
Given they're not part of the Women’s World Series, the games won't technically feature the Eagles against the Wallabies, but the Falcons against the Pearls. Still, the regulars for both nations’ top sides... Read More
With Martin Iosefo lost to an injury suffered against Samoa, compounding the absence of Stephen Tomasin and Madison Hughes, the Eagles tied Kenya in the pool finale, 19-19. The result was a 1-1-1 Pool D record for the Eagles, pushing them into the bottom eight for day two.
Kenya raced out to a 19-0 advantage, and the Eagles stormed back to draw level, but ran out of time and steam to finish the... Read More
The Eagles rallied from a 14-0 deficit to beat Canada 28-14 in the opening match of Hamilton 7s Friday. It took some exhausting work in the breakdown and four-consecutive tries to come all the way back, plus a record-breaking try from Perry Baker.
Canada got on the board first with a try from Nathan Hirayama. He got the ball on the wing but ran out of space and opted to kick up the touch line,... Read More
Stephen Tomasin and Madison Hughes are out with knee injuries suffered last week in Sydney, leaving holes in the lineup for this weekend in Hamilton, New Zealand. Those voids equate to opportunities for those who’ll combine to fill them. Former Cal 15s All-American Nick Boyer has been brought in to be one of those hole fillers.
Hughes was lost in the first game against Australia, while Tomasin... Read More
A depleted Team USA fell 31-10 to Argentina in the bronze medal match Sunday in Sydney. Already down Stephen Tomasin and Madison Hughes thanks to injury, head coach Mike Friday decided to rest Danny Barrett and start Joe Schroeder in the bronze medal match against Argentina. He wasn’t the one making green mistakes in the early goings, though.
Folau Niua lined up a turnover deep in the USA’s... Read More