Team USA opened with a 1-1 record Friday in Dubai, shutting out China 31-0 in the opening match before falling at the death to England by a conversion. The results set up an all-important pool finale against Australia, also 1-1 against China and England.
In the opening match, Abby Gustaitis and Ilona Maher dotted down in the first half to put the USA up 10-0 at the break, and debutant Ashlee... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this episode, USA 7s head coaches Chris Brown & Mike Friday come on to talk about fast food and their respective programs ahead of Dubai 7s. Both are trying to qualify for Tokyo 2020. Brown talks about learning more about his new team and the challenge of qualifying for the Olympics. Friday talks about... Read More
Perry Baker became the first two-time winner of World Rugby’s Men’s Sevens Player of the Year Award when his name was called at World Rugby’s annual awards ceremony in Monaco Sunday. He was selected over fellow finalists Ben O’Donnell of Australia and Fiji’s Jerry Tuwai
Baker was the first American to ever receive the award in 2017, having led the 2016/2017 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in tries... Read More
Head coach Chris Brown has made two changes from the silver-medal finish in Glendale for the second tournament of the season in Dubai next week. The Eagles are paired with Australia, England and China in Pool B.
Veteran Joanne Fa’avesi and World Series debutant Ashlee Byrge replace Lauren Thunen and Tia Blythe, who helped the Eagles finish second in Colorado. Fa’avesi last appeared for the Eagles... Read More
Olympic qualification opens for the USA men next week in Dubai, with the Eagles drawing New Zealand, Spain and Wales in Pool C. Head coach Mike Friday has named 14 players who will travel to Dubai without delineating which 12 will be on the active roster to start the tournament.
The usual suspects are mostly all there. Regular starters Danny Barrett, Steven Tomasin, Ben Pinkelman, Madison Hughes... Read More
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Las Vegas Invitational has sweetened the pot for the champion of its men’s elite division, offering a $25,000 purse, with the champion taking home $20,000 and the runner up claiming $5,000.
The LVI, held in conjunction with the USA Sevens, one of 10 stops on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, boasts more than 270 teams annually across 20 divisions. The... Read More
The Chris Brown era began with a bang over the weekend, as his Eagles won silver in the season opener in Glendale, Colo. The feat sets the team up with an unexpectedly good start to Olympic qualification.
It comes as a surprise because it was the team’s first-ever tournament under the rookie head coach. Brown took over for the jettisoned Richie Walker this summer, and while he has a track record... Read More
Reigning World Rugby 7s Player of the Year Perry Baker is a finalist for the same accolade this year, World Rugby announced Monday. The annual award ceremony takes place Nov. 25 at Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo.
Joining Baker as nominees are Fiji's Jerry Tuwai and Australia's Ben O'Donnell. Last year, Baker had a pretty big stat to back up his nomination, having led the world in tries. This... Read More
USA’s remarkable run to the HSBC USA 7s tournament title was stopped short as New Zealand stretched its unbeaten streak to 33 games with a 33-7 victory in the cup final at Infinity Park in Glendale. The Black Ferns’ Portia Woodman scored a hat trick in the test and their support play was unmatched all tournament long.
“[We] were playing against the best team by a long way,” USA head coach Chris... Read More
The dramatic Sunday at the HSBC USA 7s continued for the Eagles as they came from behind on the last play to beat France, 21-19, in the cup semifinals. The victory sets up a pool play rematch against New Zealand in the cup final at 5:30 m MT.
France scored as the hooter sounded giving the USA one last attempt to claim victory. All of Team USA worked together across the field that ended in the... Read More