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
The United States women went an impressive 3-0 on day one at Amsterdam 7s, the finale of the Women’s World Series. They opened with a 26-7 defeat of South Africa, followed that up with a 36-14 win over Fiji, and then finished with a 34-5 win over New Zealand – the team’s first ever.
Winning all three games was massively significant, with Olympic qualification on offer should the Eagles finish... Read More
The United States continued its winning ways with a 29-10 victory over rival Canada in the quarterfinals at the London 7s. It was a nice bounce back victory after the 40-0 thrashing the Eagles had at the hands of Canada last weekend.
The Eagles got on the board 20 seconds into the match when Madison Hughes fielded his own pooch kick and took it the distance to go up 7-0. The score would remain... Read More
It’s all to play for in the final Women’s 7s Series stop in Amsterdam next week, as the Eagles finished fourth in London Saturday – good enough to see them tie France for fourth in the Series standings. If they can finish higher than France and keep ahead of England, which sits just two points behind, in Holland, they will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
The weekend was bittersweet on... Read More
The United States overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to beat South Africa for just the third time in history Saturday, sweeping its pool and finishing day one in London 3-0. The win sees the Eagles through to the Cup Quarterfinals, where they’ll meet rival Canada.
It was speed against speed very early on, as Seabelo Senatlo backed himself against Perry Baker, and Baker reeled him in and forced... Read More
The Eagles improved to 2-0 with a 28-12 defeat of Portugal Saturday in London, punching their ticket to another Cup Quarterfinal appearance. The game was in doubt until midway through the second half, when the USA pulled away from a tired Portuguese side.
Portugal was on the offensive first, owning the first 90 seconds of possession. Os Lobos were inches from scoring first, too, but Garrett... Read More
The United States opened its London 7s campaign with a 24-19 defeat of France. The Eagles got up 19-0, but allowed the French to creep back in the game, and the result was insecure until the final seconds.
France and the USA traded turnovers to open the contest, but it was the USA who would strike first through Carlin Isles. Danny Barrett made a break up one touch line, tip-toeing to stay in play... Read More
The United States women advanced to the Cup Quarterfinals with a strong showing Friday in London. They opened up with a 40-7 thrashing of China, beat Fiji 24-19 and then drew with Australia, 12-12. The Aussies finished atop the pool with a better point differential than the Eagles.
The fallout of the pool results is the USA facing France in an incredibly important Cup Quarterfinal. The Eagles are... Read More
No one knows exactly where the tipping point is, but we’re getting closer to finding out. Someday, enough people will have paid to attend rugby games, tournaments and events to cause the professionalization of rugby in America. What that professionalization will look like isn’t clear, either. I’ll get to that.
But this summer will be a great litmus test for America’s ability to support... Read More
Zack Test suffered a severe ankle sprain in the Cup Quarterfinal against Australia Sunday in Glasgow, which kept him on the sideline for the duration of the tournament. It will most likely also keep him out of the World Series finale in London this weekend.
“I’m not going to take any risks, because we’ve got a big tournament in four or five weeks,” said head coach Mike Friday.
“It’s immensely... Read More