Sunday, Team USA finished second in Cape Town, winning its second silver medal in as many tournaments to move into first-place in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings for the first time ever. 20-percent of the way through the season, the Eagles are in pole position to finish in the top four and punch their ticket to Tokyo 2020 as a high seed.
Let’s go back a few months. The Eagles just... Read More
Team USA has ticked off another first, reaching back-to-back gold-medal matches for the first time in program history. They did so with a 31-14 defeat of New Zealand in the semifinals Sunday in Cape Town, avenging the only two losses of the season.
Awaiting the USA in the final is Fiji, which beat host South Africa at the death in the other semifinal. The Eagles beat Fiji 24-14 in last week’s... Read More
Team USA made it four-from-four in Cape Town with a 19-12 defeat of England in Sunday’s quarterfinals. The win sees the Eagles to the semifinals for the second-straight tournament, where they’ll face New Zealand, the only team to beat them this season.
The semifinal didn’t start well for the USA, which conceded an English try in the opening minute. Martin Iosefo took a stiff-arm to the chest,... Read More
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Chris Mattina left New York to chase one dream, and he’s returned to go after another. After spending a year with the USA 7s team, the pull of playing professional 15s in his hometown proved too strong to ignore, as Mattina traded a full-time contract with the 7s Eagles for one with upstart Rugby United New York of the MLR.
His rugby journey... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this episode, Eagles from both the 15s and 7s teams discuss their new homes in Major League Rugby. Cam Dolan is settling in with the NOLA Gold following a big year for the 15s Eagles, and Chris Mattina just returned home to New York in time for the holidays and RUNY's inaugural season.
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Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news du jour in American and world rugby. On the second episode, Jake & Pat talk some Americans overseas, Major League Rugby kit, the USA's results from Dubai and a look ahead at the men going into Cape Town, and we take a... Read More
It wasn’t the busiest weekend for Americans overseas. Some were rested coming off a month with the Eagles. Some were rested because their team was involved in cup play. Of those that did see action Titi Lamositele saw good time again with the Saracens. Blaine Scully and Samu Manoa both started for Cardiff. Lastly, Andrew Durutalo and David Tameilau saw time for their respective squads.
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Team USA opened its Olympic qualification campaign with a silver-medal performance in Dubai, accruing a 4-2 record with both losses coming to champ New Zealand. The Eagles defeated Fiji in the quarterfinals and Australia in the semis before falling to the All Blacks in the final, 21-5.
The result is the USA's best-ever start to a season. The previous high mark was a third-place finish in 2015. If... Read More
It wasn’t pretty, but the Eagles are onto the gold-medal match at Dubai 7s with a thrilling 22-17 win over Australia. The Americans jumped out to a 12-0 lead, then conceded 17-straight points before Danny Barrett scored the walk-off try two-and-a-half minutes into extra time.
The win puts the USA into the final against New Zealand at 10:29 a.m. ET. The All Blacks delivered the Eagles their only... Read More
After going 2-1 on day one, the USA women went 1-2 on day two to finish fourth in Dubai. The result sees the Eagles fall one spot in the rankings to third, with Canada leapfrogging to second having collected silver in Dubai.
The day started well enough with a 12-10 win over France, but World Rugby 7s Player of the Year Michaela Blyde ended gold medal hopes with a hattrick in New Zealand’s 22-0... Read More