Five tries saw Team USA past Spain, 29-0, in Friday’s season opener in Dubai. The last two players to lead the World Series in tries, Carlin Isles (‘17/18) and Perry Baker (‘16/17), kicked off the race for top billing in the new season with a combined three scores in the win.
Danny Barrett struck first two minutes in after a Spanish penalty allowed Folau Niua to unleash his cannon with a kick to... Read More
Despite picking up two yellow cards and leaking three tries during two power plays, the Eagles defeated Australia 22-17 in their pool finale Saturday in Dubai. The result sees them finish second in Pool B and advance to the quarterfinals, where they’ll meet France, which finished second in Pool C behind Canada and ahead of Fiji and Spain.
Kris Thomas opened scoring for the USA inside the first... Read More
Team USA opened with a 1-1 record Friday in Dubai, shutting out China 31-0 in the opening match before falling at the death to England by a conversion. The results set up an all-important pool finale against Australia, also 1-1 against China and England.
In the opening match, Abby Gustaitis and Ilona Maher dotted down in the first half to put the USA up 10-0 at the break, and debutant Ashlee... Read More
For the second week in a row, Gary Gold's Eagles have broken the USA's all-time record for highest World Rugby ranking. The USA climbed to 13th last week off the back of a 9-0 test record, and Monday they moved up to 12th despite falling to No. 2 Ireland Saturday, 57-14.
The previous high mark was 14th, but that’s where the USA debuted when the rankings were rolled out in 2003. It took a few... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this episode, USA 7s head coaches Chris Brown & Mike Friday come on to talk about fast food and their respective programs ahead of Dubai 7s. Both are trying to qualify for Tokyo 2020. Brown talks about learning more about his new team and the challenge of qualifying for the Olympics. Friday talks about... Read More
Perry Baker became the first two-time winner of World Rugby’s Men’s Sevens Player of the Year Award when his name was called at World Rugby’s annual awards ceremony in Monaco Sunday. He was selected over fellow finalists Ben O’Donnell of Australia and Fiji’s Jerry Tuwai
Baker was the first American to ever receive the award in 2017, having led the 2016/2017 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in tries... Read More
Ireland rode A 33-point second half to a 57-14 defeat of the USA Saturday at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The Eagles kept pace through the first half hour, but indiscipline and fatigue set in.
The loss makes the Eagles 9-2 in 2018, with the lone losses coming to second-ranked Ireland and the Maori All Blacks. The victory sees Ireland wrap up the year with the best test record in World Rugby at 11-1.... Read More
If No. 13 were playing No. 2 in college football, prognosticators would likely expect a cracker of a game. But when the betting lines opened for 13th-ranked USA versus second-ranked Ireland, the Irish were nearly 40-point favorites.
The fact that Ireland has retained just one starter from Saturday’s epic defeat of top-ranked New Zealand hasn’t changed expectations much. All of the superstars are... Read More
Head coach Chris Brown has made two changes from the silver-medal finish in Glendale for the second tournament of the season in Dubai next week. The Eagles are paired with Australia, England and China in Pool B.
Veteran Joanne Fa’avesi and World Series debutant Ashlee Byrge replace Lauren Thunen and Tia Blythe, who helped the Eagles finish second in Colorado. Fa’avesi last appeared for the Eagles... Read More
Olympic qualification opens for the USA men next week in Dubai, with the Eagles drawing New Zealand, Spain and Wales in Pool C. Head coach Mike Friday has named 14 players who will travel to Dubai without delineating which 12 will be on the active roster to start the tournament.
The usual suspects are mostly all there. Regular starters Danny Barrett, Steven Tomasin, Ben Pinkelman, Madison Hughes... Read More