It would be a second-place finish for the USA women in Dubai, as they fell 34-0 to Olympic champion Australia in Friday’s final. The Aussies managed six tries in the shutout win. It’s the USA’s best finish since falling to Canada in the final of its own tournament in Atlanta two seasons ago.
The Eagles ended up with a record of 3-3, having finished third in their pool with losses to France and... Read More
Team USA defeated Russia 21-12 Friday in Dubai, advancing to the cup final against Olympic champion Australia at 8:15 a.m. ET. It’s the team’s first final appearance in five tournaments, the last coming in Sydney last year, where the Eagles fell to Canada.
Naya Tapper committed an early turnover with an ill-advised forward pass as she tried to offload out of a tackle. But the ball was won back in... Read More
Richie Walker’s Eagles completed a massive turnaround in the span of 12 hours, beating New Zealand 14-12 in the Dubai quarterfinals with a game-winning try at the death. In both teams’ previous game, the Black Ferns blasted the USA 45-14 in the final round of pool play.
The Americans scored first and last, sandwiching New Zealand’s two tries. In the end, the difference was two Alev Kelter... Read More
Team USA closed out day one of the Dubai 7s with a 45-14 loss at the hands of New Zealand, knocking the Eagles to 1-2 through pool play. The good news is that’s good enough to get them through to the quarterfinals Saturday, but the bad news is they’ll have a rematch with New Zealand when they get there.
New Zealand drew first blood with a kick-and-recover try. It was World Rugby 2017 Player of... Read More
27 November 2017
World Rugby has announced reform of its Council – its highest decision-making body – with an ambition of at least one-third women's representation from next year. The number of people who may sit on Council may increase from 32 to 49 on the condition that the 17 new representatives are to be women.
The amendment will give the 11 unions and six regional associations, who currently... Read More
USA’s men’s and women’s 7s teams kick off their respective 7s seasons in the coming days in Dubai. It marks the first of three stops where the men’s and women’s competitions intersect this season, with them being bundled together in Sydney in January and Paris in June, as well.
The women kickoff Thursday American time, opening against France at 4:29 a.m., South Africa at 7:24 a.m. and New Zealand... Read More
The trumpeting that the USA Women reached the finals of the 1999 Hong Kong 7s was less a plug for the team’s success than the narrative of the team’s dedication to represent the USA, at great personal expense of both time and money. The 1999 Hong Kong tournament – the 24th edition – witnessed the debut of the Women’s final in the 20,000 seat Hong Kong Stadium for the first time. The HSBC Women’s... Read More
CHULA VISTA, CA - The Women's Sevens Eagles will be back on the pitch for the first stop of the 2017-18 HSBC Women's Sevens World Series next week, in the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens Tournament beginning Nov. 30. With a scrimmage against the Argentinians in San Diego under their belts, the Americans are prepared to make a strong showing on Day One as they take veterans of international play and... Read More
In 2017, a group of women rugby coaches, players, and others involved in the sport, met at a winter Forum and founded the Women’s Rugby Leadership Council as a separate and distinct organization to advance rugby for women in America.
The mission statement follows:
Develop strategies to ensure better access, exposure, and financial resources at all levels;
Implement coherent internal and external... Read More
USA Rugby announced the appointment of Emilie Bydwell as the general manager of women's high performance Wednesday, making her the first such administrator of the women’s national teams in America. Bydwell is a known commodity in the rugby community, having played 7s and 15s for the USA and spent the last several years coaching and managing across many levels.
There’s little doubt she’s qualified... Read More