CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Four Olympians, including Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games captain Kelly Griffin, have been named to Richie Walker's Women's Eagles Sevens squad for HSBC Sydney7s, the second round of the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.
Beantown Rugby's Sarah Buonopane is set to debut on the Series for the U.S., which is coming off of an 11th-place finish at Emirates Airline... Read More
USA Rugby is in a tight spot financially at the moment. The national office has never been mistaken for Scrooge McDuck’s money pit in the past, but the national governing body is especially lean this year. CEO Dan Payne has talked openly about it, saying they’re starting 2017 about a million dollars in the red.
The stated reasons are the bankruptcy of kit sponsor BLK and the plummeting European... Read More
Head coach Mike Friday named his 12-man squad Wednesday for the upcoming stops in Australia and New Zealand on the HSBC Sevens World Series. Back in the fold are Carlin Isles and Brett Thompson, both of whom are coming off of injury. They were unavailable for the first two tournaments of the season.
Missing is Maka Unufe, who has been a regular selection as the frontline center. He is nursing an... Read More
Team USA lost back-to-back games on day two to bow out of Cape Town tied for eighth place. Sunday started with a winnable Cup quarterfinal against Scotland, but the Scots extended their winning streak over the USA to six with a 24-19 overtime win. The Eagles, with Folau Niua in street clothes and a shoulder sling having apparently suffered an injury against Scotland, then fell 28-12 to Fiji in... Read More
Team USA avoided an upset in its pool finale Saturday, beating Russia 26-17 to finish the group stages 2-1. The win was good enough to get the Eagles into the Cup quarterfinals, as they'll face Scotland at 5:48 a.m. ET Sunday.
The Americans won the opening restart to gain possession, and some fancy footwork from Martin Iosefo got them deep into the Russian end. But a knock-on from Perry Baker... Read More
After defeating Australia 19-0 to start the tournament, Team USA moved to 1-1 in Cape Town with a 28-10 loss to host South Africa. The Eagles started the game on the front foot, but the Blitzbokke pounced on some unforced errors to take control.
After an opening couple of minutes of sustained pressure by the USA, Martin Iosefo turned over possession with an interception. The ball was passed... Read More
Team USA fell to South Africa, 19-10, in the pool finale Friday in Dubai, bringing its record to 1-2. That will put the Eagles in contention for the Challenge Trophy, which is now the prize for the bottom eight in lieu of the Bowl.
It didn't take long for the Blitzbokke to get ahead. Kyle Brown took the opening restart and ran into contact, drawing the attention of Madison Hughes. Cecil Africa... Read More
The USA got its first win of the season, 29-7, over a game Uganda side Friday in Dubai. The Eagles started slowly, as they had against Scotland to start the tournament, but Uganda also played well, leading to a 7-5 lead for the African champions at halftime.
Having played uncharacteristically poorly against Scotland, captain Madison Hughes didn't touch the field against Uganda, as Don Pati got... Read More
Team USA opened the 2016/2017 HSBC Sevens Wrold Series with a 14-5 defeat at the hands of Scotland Friday in Dubai. The Eagles didn't look sharp the entire contest, routinely racking up handling and passing errors on offense and penalties in defense. Nonetheless, they were in it until the final minutes.
Scotland got on the board first via Scott Wight. The Scottish owned early possession and... Read More
With a potential for as many as six changes from Rio, the Eagles team taking the field in Dubai has endured a bit of a face lift from the Olympics. Missing are some players who’ve gone on to do other things and perhaps some who might have been expected to still be in the fold.
Obviously and expectedly, Nate Ebner has returned to the NFL and Chris Wyles has returned to duty with Saracens. But... Read More