Through two days, the Eagles are enjoying an epic, and potentially historic, USA 7s. The Eagles have only made the semifinals of USA 7s once before – in San Diego in 2009.
The tournament is in rarified air when compared to the Eagles performances in not just the United States, but anywhere in the world. They have only been to the Cup semis three times before – Adelaide in 2010, San Diego in 2009... Read More
The United States are through to a third straight Cup Quarterfinal appearance after a 2-0 Friday night at Sam Boyd Stadium. After thrashing Japan, 52-12, in the opener, a performance that didn’t leave much room for criticism of the American side, the Eagles struggled to put down Portugal in a 19-7 decision that provided plenty of teaching moments.
The USA left points on the board early. After the... Read More
The United States scored eight tries en route to a convincing 52-12 defeat of Japan in the home team’s tournament opener Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
“Ideal start. We wanted to come out and get a good point differential, because you never know what can happen in pool play as we saw last weekend. We wanted to be ruthless,” said Zack Test, who scored the first try of the game and set up... Read More
The United States started slowly against Japan in the opening match of Wellington 7s, falling behind by a try. But 41-straight points off six tries saw the Americans to 1-0 with a 41-5 victory.
The Eagles took possession first, but Danny Barrett was called for holding on in the tackle, giving Japan possession. The Cherry Blossoms kicked for territory, and went wide from the set piece. Carlin... Read More
The Eagles kick off in Wellington in handful of hours, and returning to the squad for this leg of the World Series is Nick Edwards. The most veteran member of the current player pool, Edwards made the team for the first tournament under Mike Friday, the Gold Coast, but was dropped for Dubai and Port Elizabeth.
Edwards has led the Eagles in tries in seasons past, and he was a regular selection... Read More
Wellington 7s kicks off Thursday evening American time. First up for the Eagles at 6:21 p.m. ET is Japan, then it’s France at 9:14 p.m. and South Africa at 12:10 a.m.
The pool is manageable, as the Eagles are 2-0 against Japan this season, 1-1 against France and 0-1 against South Africa. Conventional wisdom would have the Japan game being a win, the France tilt being a 50/50 proposition, and the... Read More
Ahmad Harajly is set to make his international debut this weekend at Wellington 7s in New Zealand. His addition to the Eagles roster was one of two changes, and by far the most surprising, for the fourth stop of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Hrajly made his way out to USA Rugby’s open tryout at the United States Olympic Training Center last month, mostly with the goal of turning the heads of the... Read More
USA Rugby has reportedly tendered a bid to host the British & Irish Lions en route to their tour of New Zealand in 2017. The Guardian’s Martin Pengelly broke the news, though nothing appears settled.
“If we have an extra game they’d certainly be one of the better bets,” Lions chief executive John Feehan told the Guardian.
There is some precedence for an extra match ahead of a Lions tour, as... Read More
According to multiple reports, the North American Olympic rugby qualifier will be held WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., just outside of Raliegh, this June. The event, tentatively scheduled for June 11-14, will be hosted by NACRA, with the winners of each punching their tickets to Rio 2016.
“[USA Rugby] likes our area, they’re familiar with the soccer park and think that it would be a great... Read More