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The USA 7s team has a big job ahead of them as they get set for the Tokyo 7s this weekend.

The Eagles will want to jump up into the top 12 core teams, but to do that, they will need to win at least two games on Saturday, and, preferably, at least one on Sunday, while Scotland, Portugal, Australia, England and Canada lose.

That’s a tall order, but they are in position to do it. Their pool includes Scotland, Kenya, and Wales, all teams ahead of the USA in the standings, and all teams the Eagles are capable of beating.

That they are capable is not in dispute. The Eagles have the speed in Carlin Isles, Nick Edwards and Luke Hume. They have the playmaking ability in Shalom Suniula and Folau Niua. They have the power in contact in Matt Hawkins, Jack Halalilo and Andrew Durutalo, and they have the versatility to do all those things in Mike Palefau, Brett Thompson, Zack Test and Colin Hawley.

A string of really close losses has shown that the Americans are right there, but those losses also seem to take a little out of them. They certainly hit a bit of a wall against Hong Kong on Sunday in Hong Kong. Head Coach Alex Magleby said his team was its own worst enemy at times. They did get into a lot of penalty trouble, and when they didn’t do that, they made occasional, but costly, mistakes.

Whether it’s really that simple is hard to know, considering the USA has been losing close games for months now, but what is known is this -

Most recent game between USA and Tokyo pool opponents:
Scotland – win 21-12 (Hong Kong)
Kenya – loss 17-14 (Hong Kong)
Wales – loss 15-17 (Wellington)

Schedule for Tokyo 7


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1 Fri Mar 29  21:00 Fri Mar 29  18:00   Australia v   England Pool D
2 Fri Mar 29  21:22 Fri Mar 29  18:22   Samoa v   Argentina Pool D
3 Fri Mar 29  21:44 Fri Mar 29  18:44   Fiji v   South Africa Pool A
4 Fri Mar 29  22:06 Fri Mar 29  19:06   Portugal v   Spain Pool A
5 Fri Mar 29  22:28 Fri Mar 29  19:28   Wales v   United States Pool B
6 Fri Mar 29  22:50 Fri Mar 29  19:50   Kenya v   Scotland Pool B
7 Fri Mar 29  23:12 Fri Mar 29  20:12   New Zealand v   France Pool C
8 Fri Mar 29  23:34 Fri Mar 29  20:34   Canada v   Japan Pool C
9 Sat Mar 30 1:07 Fri Mar 29  22:07   Australia v   Argentina Pool D
10 Sat Mar 30 1:29 Fri Mar 29  22:29   Samoa v   England Pool D
11 Sat Mar 30 1:51 Fri Mar 29  22:51   Fiji v   Spain Pool A
12 Sat Mar 30 2:13 Fri Mar 29  23:13   Portugal v   South Africa Pool A
13 Sat Mar 30 2:35 Fri Mar 29  23:35   Wales v   Scotland Pool B
14 Sat Mar 30 2:57 Fri Mar 29  23:57   Kenya v   United States Pool B
15 Sat Mar 30 3:19 Sat Mar 30 00:19   New Zealand v   Japan Pool C
16 Sat Mar 30 3:41 Sat Mar 30 00:41   Canada v   France Pool C
17 Sat Mar 30 4:13 Sat Mar 30 1:13   England v   Argentina Pool D
18 Sat Mar 30 4:35 Sat Mar 30 1:35   Australia v   Samoa Pool D
19 Sat Mar 30 4:57 Sat Mar 30 1:57   South Africa v   Spain Pool A
20 Sat Mar 30 5:19 Sat Mar 30 2:19   Fiji v   Portugal Pool A
21 Sat Mar 30 5:41 Sat Mar 30 2:41   United States v   Scotland Pool B
22 Sat Mar 30 6:03 Sat Mar 30 3:03   Wales v   Kenya Pool B
23 Sat Mar 30 6:25 Sat Mar 30 3:25   France v   Japan Pool C
24 Sat Mar 30 6:46 Sat Mar 30 4:46   New Zealand v   Canada Pool C








EDT PDT



1 Friday Mar 29  21:00 Friday Mar 29  18:00   Australia v   England Pool D
2 Friday Mar 29  21:22 Friday Mar 29  18:22   Samoa v   Argentina Pool D
3 Friday Mar 29  21:44 Friday Mar 29  18:44   Fiji v   South Africa Pool A
4 Friday Mar 29  22:06 Friday Mar 29  19:06   Portugal v   Spain Pool A
5 Friday Mar 29  22:28 Friday Mar 29  19:28   Wales v   United States Pool B
6 Friday Mar 29  22:50 Friday Mar 29  19:50   Kenya v   Scotland Pool B
7 Friday Mar 29  23:12 Friday Mar 29  20:12   New Zealand v   France Pool C
8 Friday Mar 29  23:34 Friday Mar 29  20:34   Canada v   Japan Pool C
9 Saturday Mar 30 1:07 Friday Mar 29  22:07   Australia v   Argentina Pool D
10 Saturday Mar 30 1:29 Friday Mar 29  22:29   Samoa v   England Pool D
11 Saturday Mar 30 1:51 Friday Mar 29  22:51   Fiji v   Spain Pool A
12 Saturday Mar 30 2:13 Friday Mar 29  23:13   Portugal v   South Africa Pool A
13 Saturday Mar 30 2:35 Friday Mar 29  23:35   Wales v   Scotland Pool B
14 Saturday Mar 30 2:57 Friday Mar 29  23:57   Kenya v   United States Pool B
15 Saturday Mar 30 3:19 Saturday Mar 30 00:19   New Zealand v   Japan Pool C
16 Saturday Mar 30 3:41 Saturday Mar 30 00:41   Canada v   France Pool C
17 Saturday Mar 30 4:13 Saturday Mar 30 1:13   England v   Argentina Pool D
18 Saturday Mar 30 4:35 Saturday Mar 30 1:35   Australia v   Samoa Pool D
19 Saturday Mar 30 4:57 Saturday Mar 30 1:57   South Africa v   Spain Pool A
20 Saturday Mar 30 5:19 Saturday Mar 30 2:19   Fiji v   Portugal Pool A
21 Saturday Mar 30 5:41 Saturday Mar 30 2:41   United States v   Scotland Pool B
22 Saturday Mar 30 6:03 Saturday Mar 30 3:03   Wales v   Kenya Pool B
23 Saturday Mar 30 6:25 Saturday Mar 30 3:25   France v   Japan Pool C
24 Saturday Mar 30 6:46 Saturday Mar 30 4:46   New Zealand v   Canada Pool C