A summer full of competition culminates this weekend as the 2018 USA Rugby Emirate Airline Club 7s National Championship descends upon Columbia University in New York City, N.Y. From the nearly 70 men’s teams at the start of the summer, 16 teams qualified for Nationals in the 29 regional tournaments. There is a lot of turnover from last year as only nine clubs return to the postseason from 2016.... Read More
The journey to a Rugby World Cup 7s championship was stopped short for the USA as England won 24-19 in overtime in the quarterfinals. The Eagles came back from a 19-7 deficit to tie the game before going to overtime. At the start of extra time, the Roses stole the kickoff and captain Tom Mitchell sent a deadly cross-field kick to Phil Burgess for the game-winning try. The USA will now play... Read More
It’s been two months since the USA lost to New Zealand in the cup semifinal in Langford, British Columbia and the Eagles have been itching for some payback ever since. On Saturday on the biggest stage of the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco, Calif., the USA got its shot at redemption and unfortunately failed to advance to the final with a 26-21 loss to the Black Ferns.
After New Zealand took... Read More
In the final match of day one of the Rugby World Cup 7s, the USA made its presence known with a 35-0 shutout of Wales. At AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., the Eagles started a little slow and sluggish but got into a groove with tries from Martin Iosefo, Perry Baker (2), Danny Barrett, and Carlin Isles. The victory sets the Eagles up with a date against England in the championship... Read More
In the final pairing of the championship quarterfinals at the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco, Calif., it was the fourth seed against the fifth seed and Eagles prevailed over Russia by a score of 33-17.
The USA dominated possession in the first half and led 21-5 at the break. However, after a yellow card, Russia stormed back to cut the advantage to four points with about two minutes left.... Read More
In the final match of the round of 16 at the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco, Ca., the USA women piled up six tries on China to win its opening match, 38-7. After the Eagles scored on the opening possession, China responded to tie it up at 7-7. Knowing there are no underdogs in this event, the USA utilized its speed and aerial abilities on the restart to power to the victory. The USA play... Read More
The qualifying for the 2018 Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires, Brazil begins at the Las Vegas Invitational as the USA Women compete for the right to represent their country in October. The 12-person squad helmed by Emilie Bydwell, the General Manager to Women's High-Performance rugby, produced two shutouts beating Mexico, 41-0, and Barbados, 29-0. The USA begins Friday against 2-0 Canada... Read More
With a right to qualify for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Brazil at stake, a four-team field is competing at the Las Vegas Invitational. At the Silver Bowl Sports Park next to Sam Boyd Stadium, the USA Men's U-18s program is contending against teams from Barbados, Jamaica, and Canada.
On Thursday, USA beat Barbados 57-0 and then defeated Jamaica, 38-7. The U-18 Eagles will play... Read More
On the latest episode of The Carter Divide, Ethan and I manage to get through a discussion about the London Sevens without exploding, in part because any frustration is tempered by Ethan’s increasing appreciation for the USA sevens squad.
The episode is on iTunes, Stitcher, Sound Cloud, and here.
We also spend some time admiring the Hurricanes, and Ethan—who could be the poster boy for how easily... Read More
After a frustrating loss to Scotland in the semi-finals, the London 7s ended with a thud for USA, losing 22-19 to Canada. Canada opened well, and then came back from a second half deficit to claim the bronze medal. The bronze medal match between USA and Canada was a rematch of the final in Singapore, which Canada also won.
The opening kick was a mess, and Canada had the first chance at... Read More