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Three teams will be representing the United States this weekend in Europe, as the men’s Eagles cap off the HSBC Sevens World Series in London, the men’s Falcons play in Howard Hinton 7s in Paris and their female counterparts play in the London Invitational. For the men, this is the last weekend for international competition before the Olympic squad is picked. For the women, it’s the penultimate outing, as there is still the Series finale in Clermont-Ferrand at the end of the month.
That means 36 players are trying to show out for their coaching staffs in an effort to become Olympians. Eagles assistant Chris Brown has stayed back in Paris with the men’s Falcons to keep a watchful eye, and women’s Eagles head man Richie Walker, who only took over the team in March, will lead the women in London.
The only change for the Eagles from Paris to London is the swapping of Nate Ebner for Ben Leatigaga. Ebner will play with the Falcons, and the former Army All-American will get his shot on the circuit.
The field in Paris for the Falcons is a familiar one, with Froggies Midol, who they defeated in the final of the Las Vegas Invitational in March, in the mix. The Serevi Selects, a New Zealand select side, France’s developmental side and full-blown national teams from Italy and Belgium are also competing.
The women’s tournament in London is run in conjunction with the men’s Series stop at Twickenham, and like the LVI, is the closest thing to being a World Series tournament as is possible without it actually being one.
|Men's Eagles||Men's Falcons||Women's Falcons|
|Ben Leatigaga||Tanner Barnes||Bui Baravilala|
|Ben Pinkelman||Pat Blair||Ryan Carlyle|
|Danny Barrett||Nate Ebner||Joanne Fa'avesi|
|Garrett Bender||Will Holder||Carmen Farmer|
|Zack Test||Richard Kirkland||Victoria Folayan|
|Thretton Palamo||Aladdin Schirmer||Nicole Heavirland|
|Folau Niua||ConRoy Smith||Jessica Javelet|
|Maka Unufe||Joey Sok||Kathryn Johnson|
|Nate Augspurger||Shalom Suniula||Alev Kelter|
|Madison Hughes||Peter Tiberio||Jillion Potter|
|Perry Baker||Stephen Tomasin||Richelle Stephens|
|Martin Iosefo||Anthony Welmers||Kristen Thomas|