Mike Friday's selections for the USA Sevens are final, and he's included an inordinate number of forwards. Through much of the season, the scrum was an area of weakness for the team, as post-Olympic attrition and injury kept the Eagles thin there. Coming into the home stretch, Friday apaprently wants to make sure there's plenty of depth up front.
There are six players on the squad who play... Read More
Mike Friday’s troops bowed out of the Wellington 7s with a 19-12 loss to Kenya in the Challenge Trophy semifinal. The Eagles squandered some scoring chances in the opening half and were outpaced by Kenya in the second.
Kenya drew first blood in the third minute. The Eagles played defense mostly at the start, and when they got possession it was deep in their end. A sketchy pass from Perry Baker to... Read More
Team USA got off to a sluggish start to day two, barely eking past a Japanese side that surrendered a staggering 122 points in pool play. The Brave Blossoms led in the second half, but the Eagles captured a 19-14 lead and were fortunate to hold onto it.
It started sloppy, as mishandles and a lack of intent from the Eagles meant no line breaks for the first several minutes. Eventually, Carlin... Read More
Team USA went 1-1-1 on the opening day in Wellington, tying France, beating Samoa and losing to New Zealand. The performance wasn't good enough to see the Eagles through to the top eight, as they are relegated to the Challenge Trophy bracket. Awaiting them in the quarterfinals is Japan at 5:22 p.m. ET.
Against France, the Eagles got on the board first through Martin Iosefo in the third minute.... Read More
Since Rio, the men’s 7s team has been chasing its tail a bit. Players scattered to the four winds after the Olympics, and some returned, while others didn’t. The HSBC Sevens World Series started almost too soon, it would seem.
In Dubai and South Africa, the Olympic hangover was evident, as head coach Mike Friday spent less time with the 7s squad in the lead up thanks to his role with the 15s team... Read More
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