Sunday’s Olympic qualification was a win to be shared by everyone in American rugby, but the taste of victory was perhaps sweetest for Carlin Isles. In 2012 he made the bold, and according to many in his circle at the time, crazy decision to walk away from track and pursue a sport he’d never played.
Isles had qualified to sprint at the 2012 Olympic Trials ahead of the London Games. His chances of... Read More
That. Just. Happened. After sweeping the North American Caribbean Rugby Association Championships, both the men's and women's national teams will be representing the United States in the 2016 Olympic Games, defending the back-to-back gold medals won by the USA men in Belgium in 1920 and France in 1924.
It’s hard to put this moment into historical context, but I think it’s fair to say it’s the... Read More
The United States Women’s National Team defeated Mexico, 88-0, to win the NACRA 7s Championship and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The lopsided nature of the win was fitting for an American side that conceded just one try over the two-day event.
The USA asserted its dominance in the first minute. Mexico was called for a breakdown penalty a couple of seconds after... Read More
The United States defeated Canada, 21-5, Sunday at WakeMed Soccer Park to win the NACRA 7s Championship and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Eagles stormed out to a 21-0 lead in the first half, and scrappy defense and Canadian mistakes helped the USA overcome two yellow cards and a flurry of penalties to hold on for the win.
Canada committed a penalty in the... Read More
Though the exact game-day roster still needs to be trimmed by one from the 13-man traveling squad named earlier this week, when the Eagles take the field Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. there’s a fair chance Chis Wyles will be kitted out and ready to contribute. With 45 appearances for the 15s team, making him the most-capped American fullback of all time, Wyles is creeping towards... Read More
Team USA coach Mike Friday has named a 13-man squad to travel to Cary, N.C. for the Olympic Qualifier Saturday and Sunday, and Canadian coach Liam Middleton named a 14-man team. Both will only be able to suit up 12 on Saturday. In total, six overseas pros have been drafted into the ranks of the heavy favorites for the weekend.
There's still pool play and some semifinals, but the ticket to Rio... Read More
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Carmen Farmer and Richelle Stephens will make their Women’s Eagles Sevens debuts at the 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships as Ric Suggitt’s team fights for Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games qualification June 13-14.
The Eagles will play Barbados, Cayman Islands, and Jamaica in pool play at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., Saturday, June 13, before three additional matches Sunday... Read More
The USA men are stacked up in Pool A with St. Vincent, Jamaica, Barbados and Mexico. They'll play three games Saturday and Jamaica in the pool finale Sunday. If all goes to plan, they'll play the second team from Pool B in the semifinals and Canada in the final.
The Eagle women are matched up with Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Barbados in Pool A. All eight particpants will be re-seeded for the... Read More
The USA women will have to wait until next month to qualify for the Olympics, as a 15-14 loss to England in the Amsterdam Cup Consolation sees them finish fifth in the World Series standings. The USA and England actually wound up tied in Series points at season’s end, but a superior point differential gives England the nod.
The four teams winning qualification via the Series are New Zealand,... Read More
Coming into the Cup rounds, there were three teams vying for Olympic qualification in Amsterdam. France was eliminated by Canada in the quarters, but the USA and England advanced, leaving two playing for a ticket to Rio. Both lost in the Cup Semifinals, England to Australia and the USA to Canada, leaving it all to play for in the Cup consolation at 11:04 a.m. ET.
Should the Eagles win, they’ll... Read More