The fifth and final round of the 2015/2016 HSBC World Rugby Women's 7 tournament will be played in Clermont-Ferrand, France, starting this Saturday. This event represents the last opportunity to secure maximum points for Olympic placement in Rio when twelve nations will compete for medals in August.
Currently, Australia lead all teams with 76 points, and merely a Plate appearance - or a sixth... Read More
(In March of 1997, the USA Women’s 7s’ team journeyed to the first Hong Kong tournament for women. After going undefeated in Pool play 5-0, they were routed by New Zealand 43-0 in the final. The Black Ferns had also gone 5-0 without ceding a point in the pool 188-0, and finished the event with no points conceded. The USA coach, Emile Signes, provided Rugby Today with an additional anecdote from... Read More
The USA Women’s sevens finished seventh of twelve teams in the HSBC World Rugby Langford, Canada tournament with a disappointing 2-4 record. Two of the four losses were to Spain, a team that had never beaten the Eagles before.
The other two losses were to England and New Zealand, the teams that battled for the Cup, and won by the Red Roses by a wide margin. England’s win broke the Australian... Read More
At Langford, Canada, the USA Women's 7s team advanced into the Cup round - barely - on point differential, beating out Spain, which upset the Eagles in the first round. The USA rebounded in the second game beating Fiji, before losing to New Zealand.
Three nations - USA, Fiji, and Spain - tied with 1-2 records (New Zealand went 3-0) that forced the final decision by point differential.
The USA... 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
The next round of World Rugby’s Women’s Sevens tournament will take place in Atlanta this weekend. Twelve teams will compete in this third (of five) contests for the championship.
The USA, with a new coach at the helm, will attempt to rise from their eight place standing, A good finish could close the gap among six of the secondary sides (New Zealand, Canada, France, England, Russia, and Fuji),... 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
Former Team USA assistant coach Richie Walker has supplanted Julie McCoy as the Eagles' head coach. McCoy was ousted Monday, and Walker was announced as her replacement Tuesday.
Walker, formerly of the San Diego Surfers and Old Aztecs, as well as an Atavus coach, was brought into the National Team by Ric Suggitt during the 2012/2013 season. When Suggitt was pushed out in September, he worked... Read More
France Women won the Six Nations' title defeating a previous 4-0 England 17-12. Les Bleues won on point differential plus 78 to plus 47 as each nation ended 4-1. England have not won the event since 2012, also the last time they beat France. England's only consolation was a Triple Crown victory over the other three Home Countries, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
Some of these Six Nations fifteen... Read More
There was a time when the U-23 division represented an opportunity for younger women and men to gain experience in a possible move up to the Eagles. The objective then was to give aspiring rugby players international matches to showcase their young talent.
In 1999, current Penn State Coach Peter Steinberg took an all-star U-23 Women’s team on a four match tour of England.
The squad went 4-0,... Read More