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
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