Team USA got off to a hot start in Singapore, riding a big first half to a decisive win over rival Canada. The Eagles dominated possession early, with ascendancy in the restarts leading to four tries in the opening half. That trend carried over through intermission, resulting in a 31-0 second-half lead.
Madison Hughes opened scoring a minute in, capitalizing on a Canadian turnover by fly-hacking... Read More
Former Michigan, Rice, NFL and CFL football player Sam McGuffie is working out at the Tiger Academy in Columbus, Ohio. The Texas native rose to fame via his high school highlight tape, which revealed his knack for hurdling would-be tacklers.
McGuffie started his college football career at Michigan before transferring to Rice, playing halfback and running track at both schools and eventually ... Read More
Head coach Richie Walker has made five changes from his debutant tournament in Atlanta last week to his sophomore competition this weekend in Langford, B.C. The seven Eagles who carry over from the home tournament will try to bring the momentum of a 5-1 Plate title performance with them.
Out are Jillion Potter, Meya Bizer, Kate Zackary, Lauren Doyle and Kristen Thomas. Replacing them are Vix... Read More
Carlin Isles is still not fit to play, and Ben Pinkelman has returned to his studies at Colorado State, leaving room for Nate Ebner to stay on the team and Pat Blair to join it for Singapore. Ebner was pulled into the Hong Kong squad as cover for Isles, who was a late scratch with an ankle injury the coaching staff thought would have been cleared up in time. He's still not all the way healthy, so... Read More
Having reached eight consecutive Cup Quarterfinals and 12 in the last 13 tournaments, Team USA is now expected to be a contender every time out. But, since claiming their first-ever tournament title in London last year, the Eagles haven’t reached a final this season. In six competitions they’ve been bounced in the quarterfinals four times and the semifinals twice.
The pieces are in place for the... Read More
Mike Friday has made a last-minute change to his lineup for Hong Kong, calling on Nate Ebner in place of Carlin Isles. Isles was originally listed on the 12-man squad and made the trip, while Ebner participated in the first day of Hong Kong 10s with invitational side Samurai. Presumably, Isles is out with injury, but that hasn't been confirmed.
The switch marks Ebner's debutant appearance on the... Read More
Nate Ebner made his return to competitive rugby overnight at the Hong Kong 10s. He booted up for international touring side Samurai, formerly coached by USA head 7s coach Mike Friday, helping the favorites to a 2-0-1 pool record.
He started against the Hong Kong Football Club in his team’s tournament opener. Samurai saw very little possession in the first half, but Ebner put in several tackles,... Read More
For Atlanta, new head coach Richie Walker has made five changes to the Women's 7s Eagles from predocessor Julie McCoy's squad in Sao Paolo. The most glaring omission is of Kelly Griffin, who captained the squad under McCoy. The captaincy has been shifted to Jillion Potter.
"We have some real good experience," Walker said. "We have some good speed and we have some good power. To have Jillion... Read More
Zack Test, Maka Unufe and Carlin Isles are back. Test and Unufe missed the Vancouver tournament due to injury, and Isles for a track competition. In their absence, the Eagles still managed to reach the Cup semifinals.
The only other change to the team is the inclusion of Peter Tiberio, who is making his first circuit appearance since coach Mike Friday's first tournament with the USA in 2014.... Read More
The high performance camp leading into the Asian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Hong Kong and Singapore concludes Monday, and several Eagles are back on the field following an injury. Some are still on the shelf, but all are trying to get back for the Olympics.
Even Kevin Swiryn and Brett Thompson, both of whom suffered torn ACLs in January, and Nic Edwards, who broke his leg during the... Read More