One of the revelations – although not a surprise – of the past two IRB
Sevens World Series tournaments is that Mike Palefau is back.
He never left, of course, and only had to pass on national team
opportunities because of school, work, and family. Nobody ever said
Palefau, who helped Las Vegas to a 2010 national DI club championship and
the Utah Warriors... Read More
After a disappointing 0-3 opening day at Dubai, the USA team turned things
around, not only by beating Zimbabwe and Canada, but doing both
Head Coach Al Caravelli, however, wouldn’t say his team has turned a
“We’ve made advancements,” Caravelli told RUGBYMag.com. “We lost to New
Zealand and South Africa, and while... Read More
The new HSBC Sevens World Series points system is already paying off.
Teams in previously meaningless games (Shield final) now are not only
playing for pride, but points. Teams that had bad first days can salvage
something with a victory on the second day.
In previous years, once you were put into the Bowl Round (the bottom eight)
the only way to get any points was to win all... Read More
The USA gets an astoundingly tough draw for the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s in
Port Elizabeth next weekend.
With Samoa having an uncharacteristically poor tournament (they were
dropped into the Bowl Round on points difference), they get seeded lower
and join Argentina, who they tied this weekend in Dubai, the USA, and Dubai
This Pool A is clearly the Pool of Death... Read More
defeated the USA 26-0 in the Bowl Final, logging their second straight
shutout against the Americans.
The game was much closer than that early on, and the USA had two supreme
chances to score midway through the first half, when it was only 5-0
Scotland. On both occasions, one after another, the Eagles opted to cut
back into traffic instead of passing to a wide open Mark... Read More
The USA has made the Bowl Final after defeating longtime rivals Canada
33-17 on Day Two of the Dubai 7s.
The Eagles started the Bowl semifinal determined to exert pressure, and
that worked early on. They received the kickoff and quickly moved the ball
to wing Nick Edwards, who started this game the way he’d ended the one
before, scoring a... Read More
The USA took care of business on the first game of Day Two at the Dubai 7s,
defeating the always difficult Zimbabwe
“We’re a scalp to them, they target us,” said USA Head Coach Al Caravelli.
“They are very fast, very physical. So what we [needed] to do is play solid
defense; they counter the rucks well. We [needed] to play our best against... Read More
New Zealand shut out the USA 40-0 in the opening match for both teams at
the Dubai 7s Friday at 7he Sevens, but the Eagles could take a few
positives out of the game nonetheless.
New Zealand ran on their best lineup against the USA, and clearly wanted to
get started on a good note in the Dubai heat.
They found themselves on defense early... Read More
USA forward Matt Hawkins has seen the team go up and down before, and has
said repeatedly that consistency makes winners.
said the veteran of over 20 IRB tournaments, leads to winning.
The Eagles can get there by clinging to the positive moments and trying to
“I think the squad is pretty confident going in to this weekend,” Hawkins
told. “We have... Read More