By winning the Bowl
in Adelaide, the USA 7s team earned its first HSBC World Series points
since Dubai in December.
The four points for winning the Bowl vaulted them past Scotland, Portugal
and Russia into 10th place, just two points behind Kenya.
The move in the standings, while something Head Coach Al Caravelli doesn't
like to dwell on, is important. The top 12 teams in the... Read More
Two tries from
Colin Hawley and a concerted defensive display saw the USA win the Bowl at
the Adelaide 7s, finally showing a run of play worthy of earning HSBC
Sevens World Series points.
The Eagles started the game well, putting pressure on Kenya and working the
ball well in the rucks. A nifty backhanded pass from Roland Suniula found
his brother, Shalom, and the flyhalf put on... Read More
The Eagles looked like they could have pulled away a couple times in their
Adelaide Bowl Quarterfinal against Japan, but instead they needed a heroic
try from Paul Emerick just to pull out the victory.
USA jumped out to a 10-0 lead with two Zach Test tries within the first
five minutes. Both conversions were missed. Japan sneaked in a try just
before halftime (6:58) to pull... Read More
The USA faces Japan for the 5th time in three tournaments Sunday in
Adelaide, after not playing the Japanese more than two times in the last
couple of years.
They do so after showing something of an improvement in their last two
games. They had Australia near the ropes at least before letting the game
slip away, and were fairly comfortable winners over Tonga 24-12.
The... Read More
The Eagles got off to a shaky start against Tonga, and Marco Barnard had a
particularly suspect opening few minutes, as he bounced a poor pass to Matt
Hawkins in attack that led to a turnover and committed a silly penalty
shortly thereafter. However, Tonga had an even worse start, committing
numerous penalties at the breakdown and handling errors.
Tonga had possession deep in... Read More
(Photos Allan Hamilton)
Arriving in Adelaide the USA 7s team has to be frustrated. At present they
are in a sort of limbo, generally beating the teams you’d expect them to
beat, and not beating the teams you’d hope they’d beat.
What that has meant is a record over the past three tournaments of 9 wins
and 8 losses, but no IRB points, not upsets of teams like England or Samoa,
and,... Read More
USA 7s Head Coach Al Caravelli has left his day job at Hewlett-Packard.
Caravelli has done so in order to preserve his ability to coach the USA
team, and his choice follows that of many USA players, who have left or
passed up jobs that conflict with rugby.
“It’s not a sacrifice,” Caravelli said of his situation. “It’s a choice we
make. Several players have given up six-... Read More
The CRC poll is still open, but at the time this article was written, right
around 329,000 votes had been cast by fans, coaches and players for the
teams they want to see play in front of the NBC cameras in June. There were
no restrictions on how many votes could be cast by a single person, so
there are undoubtedly hundreds, if not thousands, of ballot stuffers.
Nonetheless, 329... Read More
PPL Park just outside Philadelphia will host the USA 7s Collegiate
Rugby Championships (CRC) June 4-5. With Central Washington winning the CRC
Qualifier in Las Vegas, we know know 12 of the teams set to
attend: CWU, Utah, Cal, Arizona, LSU, Penn State, Army, Navy, Notre
Dame, North Carolina, Temple, and Boston College.
But there are four places left. Who gets them? Alex Goff and... Read More
Central Washington University’s victory in the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby
Championship qualifier Friday in Las Vegas caught the eye of longtime 7s
commentator Nigel Starmer-Smith.
The legendary broadcaster watched the game as he and the broadcasting
staffs at the USA 7s used the CRC semis and final as rehearsals for the
weekend’s HSBC Sevens World Series tournament.
“I thought... Read More