The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This is a special episode celebrating Team USA's second-straight gold medal at the USA Sevens.
Hear from head coach Mike Friday, Dream Team selections Stephen Tomasin and Ben Pinkelman, and rising Falcons star Travion Clark. Tomasin talks about missing out on last year's Vegas title due to injury, Pinkelman... Read More
Team USA claimed its second-consecutive USA Sevens title Saturday, blanking Samoa 27-0 in the final at Sam Boyd Stadium. The win sees the Eagles perched atop the World Series standings alone halfway through the season. With five tournaments left, they're five points clear of second-place New Zealand, who they beat in the semifinals. They're now 3-3 against the All Blacks on the season and 3-2 in... Read More
Team USA came back from an ominous start to beat New Zealand 24-19 and advance to a fifth-consecutive gold-medal match. The Eagles overcame a 14-point deficit with a 19-point run on either side of halftime and a walk-off try by Carlin Isles at the death.
New Zealand scored 20 seconds into the match when Sione Molia skinned Matai Leuta, starting in place of the injured Danny Barrett, on the edge.... Read More
Team USA has booked a fifth-consecutive semifinal appearance in as many tournaments with a defeat of South Africa Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. The Eagles never trailed and were in top form, suffocating South Africa from the get-go.
The reward is a rematch with New Zealand. The Eagles and All Blacks have met in the knockout round of each tournament this season. Twice the USA has... Read More
For the USA’s men’s and women’s developmental 7s teams, the Las Vegas Invitational has provided the backdrop for the perfect weekend. They went a combined 12-0, claiming the titles of both the men’s and women’s elite divisions.
Though the end result was the same, the finals couldn’t have been more different. The women dominated Scion 36-0, while the men had to claw for a 21-17 comeback win over... Read More
A methodical 19-10 win over France Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium sees the USA to a seventh-consecutive quarterfinal. The win sees the Eagles take second in their pool. They’ll likely face the winner of England vs. outh Africa.
On the opening kickoff, Folau Niua tried to exploit the space directly in front of him, but the ball didn’t go 10 meters, giving France a midfield free kick. The American... Read More
Argentina’s converted try at the death with just six men on the field ended Team USA’s eight-game winning streak on home soil, as the Eagles fell 26-24 Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. They led by 12 at halftime and the entire match until full time.
The Eagles are now 1-1 in Pool B. In order to advance to a seventh-consecutive quarterfinal, they’ll need to beat France, also 1-1... Read More
Colorado stormed out of nowhere into the Las Vegas Invitational final, and now the Buffs sit one win away from punching their first-ever ticket to the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. Standing in their way is a team that’s already got an invite to the big dance, Dartmouth.
The Buffs are the talk of the tournament, not yielding a single point until their semifinal upset of Kutztown,... Read More
Both the men's and women's USA Falcons have reached the finals of their respective divisions at the Las Vegas Invitational undefeated. The women outscored their opponents by a whopping 215-14, their closest match being a 28-7 win over the Stars to open the tournament. The men accumulated an aggregate score of 159-59, with a few tougher contests.
The women saw familiar foes in the semifinals, as... Read More
Team USA opened its title defense with a 26-10 defeat of Kenya Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. The Eagles never trailed, and posterboy Carlin Isles secured a brace in the opening half to secure the lead.
Kenya spent the first minute in attack. The Eagles won the first kickoff, but an errant pass from Folau Niua gave Kenya possession in the American end. After a darting run just... Read More