Avenging its loss in the bronze medal match at the Rugby World Cup in San Francisco, the USA used immense defensive pressure and a hat trick by Ilona Maher to beat top-seeded Australia, 26-5, in the cup quarterfinals at the HSBC USA 7s in Glendale, Colo. The Eagles barely made it to the cup rounds and proved they belong with a physical outburst against Australia. The USA will face France in the... Read More
Needing a victory or to keep it close in its final match of day one of the HSBC USA Women’s 7s in Glendale, Colo., the USA lost to New Zealand 35-12. After the match, the magic number was 47 for the USA. For the Eagles to advance to the cup quarterfinals, Spain couldn’t beat Mexico by 47 points. At halftime, Spain led 24-0 and won 46-0. That means the USA advances to the cup quarterfinals by one... Read More
After dropping its first match of the HSBC USA Women’s 7s in Glendale, Colo., the USA rebounded to beat China, 24-21. Following a 7-7 first half, reserve Ilona Maher made her presence known scoring back-to-back tries to open up a 17-7 lead. China bounced back with a try, but Alev Kelter’s try after returning from the sin bin sealed the match for the Eagles.
“After the first game against England,... Read More
USA’s first match at the HSBC USA Women’s 7s in Glendale, Colo. began with excitement but ended in disappointment as the women fell to England on the last play, 12-10. USA’s Ilona Maher and Naya Tapper scored in the first and led 10-7 at the half. Defense dominated the second half and England’s aggressive play at the end of the game proved to be the decider when Ellie Kildunne scored the game-... Read More
On Friday afternoon, the twelve captains for the first HSBC World Rugby 7s competition gathered at the arch at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. Following the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco a few months ago, the women kick off the new season at Rugbytown USA. The American squad, captained by Lauren Doyle with newly appointed head coach Chris Brown at the helm, was placed in Pool B and play... Read More
There are some remarkable similarities between the takeover of the women’s 7s team Chris Brown is currently undergoing and that which he and Mike Friday conducted with the men’s program back in 2014.
Both teams are wildly talented. Friday inherited Danny Barrett, Folau Niua, Madison Hughes, Maka Unufe and Carlin Isles, among others. All of them have been indispensable cogs in the program for five... Read More
Team USA bagged its first win at the Youth Olympics with a 24-14 win over Samoa Monday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The win sees the Americans finish fifth with a 1-3-2 record.
They opened with a 38-0 loss to France and a 24-24 tie against Samoa on Saturday. Sunday, a close loss to South Africa, 19-12, was followed by a 17-17 draw with Japan. Monday, the Americans fell to Argentina, 22-14, in the... Read More
The interim portion of Chris Brown's job title has been removed, as expected. The former men's assistant has spent about six weeks as the interim head coach after the ousting of Richie Walker. Ahead of the season opener in Glendale, Colo. this weekend, USA Rugby cast a vote of confidence in the man who helped turn the men's program into a contender.
"I'm excited to maximize the transfer of what I... Read More
Team USA kicks off its Youth Olympic Games campaign Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The six-team rugby portion of the competition runs Saturday through Monday with a full round-robin.
After two pool games Saturday and Sunday and the final group match Monday, there will be a single round of knockout matches. The top two teams after the group stage will face off for gold, third- and fourth-... Read More
A wounded Falcons squad finished 2-4 in a series of scrimmages over the weekend in Manchester, UK. The Americans beat Germany and split with France, but fell to Spain, England and Ireland.
Eagles head coach Mike Friday led the Falcons. The idea at the beginning was to get some valuable international minutes for the guys who go on tour all season, but don’t necessarily log a lot of playing time,... Read More