Team USA’s women sit at second in the world after falling to Australia, 34-0, in the Dubai final back in December. It’s by far their best start to a season ever, and this weekend in Sydney the Eagles try to back it up with another big performance.
While Dubai ended well, it didn’t start that way. The Eagles snuck into the quarterfinals with a 1-2 pool record having lost big, 45-14, to New Zealand... Read More
Perry Baker returns to Team USA ahead of the Australia and New Zealand legs of the HSBC Sevens Series. The reigning World Rugby Player of the Year suffered a concussion in the opening tournament in Dubai, forcing him out of action the following week in South Africa.
"Having Perry back fit is fantastic for the squad. He is World Rugby Player of the Year, deservedly so, and he will no doubt add to... Read More
The preseason match between Super Rugby's Vodacom Bulls and DHL Stormers set for Feb. 3 at StubHub Center just outside of Los Angeles has been canceled. The match was supposed to be the first between Super Rugby teams on American soil and played in tandem with the USA's Americas Rugby Championship-opening clash against the Argentina XV.
"The Vodacom Super Rugby pre-season warmup match, that was... Read More
Richie Walker has selected his side for Sydney 7s, making three changes from the second-place squad from Dubai. Out are Kelsi Stockert, Sara Parsons and Megan Foster. Replacing them are Hope Rogers, Natalie Kosko and Cheta Emba.
"Our focus for camp was to pick the best squad we could for Australia and really get better as a team once that squad got selected," said head coach Richie Walker.
"We... Read More
The Eagles got back to a dominating standard in the fifth-place semifinal against France, scoring five tries to two for a decisive 29-12 win. Up next is the fifth-place final against Fiji at 11:36 a.m. ET.
Danny Barrett drew first blood, perhaps literally as well as figuratively, not even 40 seconds in. He delivered two massive handoffs en route to the game’s first score, the first of which... Read More
Argentina put the brakes on the USA’s bid for the Cape Town 7s title Sunday, utilizing a strong defense and restart game en route to a 28-12 quarterfinal win. The Eagles were the best restart team in the world last season, but they’ve struggled mightily through two tournaments this go-around. They committed three restarts errors against the Argentines, limiting their attacking opportunities.
The... Read More
The Eagles made it two-in-a-row with a 31-14 defeat of Australia Saturday in Cape Town, with Carlin Isles adding three scores to go with the two he notched in the tournament opener against New Zealand. The win improves the USA to 2-0 in pool play, and barring an upset by Spain and a massive point differential shift, will see them take the top seed out of the group. If chalk holds in Pool C, the... Read More
Team USA bounced back from a winless effort in Dubai with a clean sheet and near perfect opening match in Cape Town, blanking New Zealand 22-0 to start pool play. The Eagles scored twice on each side of halftime, showcasing a suffocating defense and purposeful attack.
Folau Niua’s opening kick didn’t go 10 meters, giving New Zealand the first possession. Martin Iosefo won the ball back via a well... Read More
The 0-5 result for the Eagles in Dubai last week was the worst ever under Mike Friday. So in that sense, it was a historically bad tournament. But it’s certainly not unprecedented.
Before Friday, going winless through an entire tournament was practically an annual occurrence. Since the advent of full-time training contracts in 2011, the Eagles posted a winless tournament at least once a season... Read More
A new seeding system and format is in play for the upcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens set for San Francisco next July. It will see teams essentially jump straight into bracket play, shunning pool play altogether.
On the men’s side, there are 24 teams. 23 of them have been decided, with one team from Oceania and two from South America yet to be identified. For seeding purposes, the top 14 have been... Read More