Day one was a mixed bag. Zack Test scored his 100th-try and a hat-trick in the opening win over Canada. That game was enthralling, in a good way, but the Eagles went on to lose their next two.
They came out with some real zeal in the Canada game. They wanted to win, they were sharp, and most impressive, they played some defense. Perhaps being a little overly positive, I made the claim to a... Read More
The United States lost its second-straight game to move to the Bowl Quarterfinals Saturday, falling 26-12 to Argentina. A loss saw the Eagles skid and the Pumas advance undefeated. The game was not decided until the final whistle, but Argentina was in the driver’s seat the whole way.
Argentina took advantage of a couple of American penalties early on, dotting down halfway through the first period... Read More
The United States fell to 1-1 at Gold Coast with a 14-7 loss to England in the second round of pool play. The Americans were in the game from whistle to whistle, but some questionable decision making and shoddy execution led to a one-score loss that sees the Eagles relying on a pool-closing win for a Cup Quarterfinal berth.
The first half of the England game was the opposite of the Canada game... Read More
The United States opened the Mike Friday era and the Olympic qualification season with a 17-15 defeat of rival Canada. The scintillating game moves the Eagles to an all-important 1-0 in pool play and a result close to the Cup Quarterfinals. The USA secured a first-half lead and held onto it until midway through the second half, and a big play from a debutant paved the way for a game-winning try... Read More
It’s almost time. We’re a couple of hours from kickoff at the Gold Coast 7s, and I’m eagerly anticipating the USA’s first match against Canada. I usually get excited when the Eagles play, but I’m a little more amped this time. Here’s why.
We are playing the Canucks. Losing to Canada sucks. Beating Canada is much better. Mike Friday has the opportunity to become the only head coach in Eagles... Read More
It was nearly two years ago at the Gold Coast that Carlin Isles scored three tries, two against Tonga and one against New Zealand, in his international rugby debut. A few months later, those tries were featured in a highlight video that would go viral and garner American rugby unprecedented attention.
Oct. 12-13, Perry Baker is set to make his World Series debut at the Gold Coast, and three tries... Read More
Mike Friday’s first selections as head coach of the 7s Eagles were bound to be compelling – a new coach, a new batch of players at the Olympic Training Center, and a newly opened door to players training away from the OTC. Things were going to be shaken up a bit, but anyone outside the team’s inner circle who claims to have predicted the captaincy going to Madison Hughes is either a psychic or a... Read More
Former 7s National Team staffer Andy Katoa has been named Tonga's head 7s coach. Katoa, most recently helping with the High School All Americans and the University of Arizona, served as team manager under Eagles head men Al Caravelli and Alex Magleby, and he was the long-time coach of Aspen’s 7s program.
“I’m pretty excited to get the opportunity to go back to Tonga and take over the 7s program... Read More
The United States drew Pool D along with England, Canada and Argentina for the opening tournament of the HSBC 7s World Series Oct. 11-12 in Gold Coast, Australia. The Mike Friday era begins with a rivlary match against Canada in the second game of the tournament, followed by a midday bout with England and the pool play finale against Argentina. (Click here for the full schedule)
The plot is thick... Read More
No. Just, no. But it's fun to think about, and theoretically it's possible, as a much-talked-about eligibility loophole has pundits considering how unions might take advantage of special dispensation made for the Olympics.
If a previosuly capped player hasn't played for his country in the last 18 months, he is allowed to switch his national allegiance, so long as he carries the proper passport... Read More