(Listen to the full interview with Chris Mattina here)
Chris Mattina left New York to chase one dream, and he’s returned to go after another. After spending a year with the USA 7s team, the pull of playing professional 15s in his hometown proved too strong to ignore, as Mattina traded a full-time contract with the 7s Eagles for one with upstart Rugby United New York of the MLR.
His rugby journey... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this episode, Eagles from both the 15s and 7s teams discuss their new homes in Major League Rugby. Cam Dolan is settling in with the NOLA Gold following a big year for the 15s Eagles, and Chris Mattina just returned home to New York in time for the holidays and RUNY's inaugural season.
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Team USA opened its Olympic qualification campaign with a silver-medal performance in Dubai, accruing a 4-2 record with both losses coming to champ New Zealand. The Eagles defeated Fiji in the quarterfinals and Australia in the semis before falling to the All Blacks in the final, 21-5.
The result is the USA's best-ever start to a season. The previous high mark was a third-place finish in 2015. If... Read More
It wasn’t pretty, but the Eagles are onto the gold-medal match at Dubai 7s with a thrilling 22-17 win over Australia. The Americans jumped out to a 12-0 lead, then conceded 17-straight points before Danny Barrett scored the walk-off try two-and-a-half minutes into extra time.
The win puts the USA into the final against New Zealand at 10:29 a.m. ET. The All Blacks delivered the Eagles their only... Read More
After going 2-1 on day one, the USA women went 1-2 on day two to finish fourth in Dubai. The result sees the Eagles fall one spot in the rankings to third, with Canada leapfrogging to second having collected silver in Dubai.
The day started well enough with a 12-10 win over France, but World Rugby 7s Player of the Year Michaela Blyde ended gold medal hopes with a hattrick in New Zealand’s 22-0... Read More
In their second game of the tournament, Team USA defeated Wales 33-12, clinching a spot in Saturday's quarterfinals. There was a power outage at the stadium, so there was no broadcast of the match and no scoring details are available via World Rugby.
The win setup a pool final with also undefeated New Zealand, a game in which the Eagles never got out of the starting blocks. The Eagles ran into... Read More
Five tries saw Team USA past Spain, 29-0, in Friday’s season opener in Dubai. The last two players to lead the World Series in tries, Carlin Isles (‘17/18) and Perry Baker (‘16/17), kicked off the race for top billing in the new season with a combined three scores in the win.
Danny Barrett struck first two minutes in after a Spanish penalty allowed Folau Niua to unleash his cannon with a kick to... Read More
Despite picking up two yellow cards and leaking three tries during two power plays, the Eagles defeated Australia 22-17 in their pool finale Saturday in Dubai. The result sees them finish second in Pool B and advance to the quarterfinals, where they’ll meet France, which finished second in Pool C behind Canada and ahead of Fiji and Spain.
Kris Thomas opened scoring for the USA inside the first... Read More
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