Matt Hawkins makes his Sevens World Series debut as a coach, and is already
fielding questions about his decision to be a player-coach.
But he's got bigger concerns than answering
those questions. He's got a mixed group of players, seven of whom were on
the squad the last time they played together, two of whom are back after
long absences, and three of whom are debutants.
"It's... Read More
Today we write in RUGBYMag.com about managing expectations for the USA 7s
But, the players have to take ownership of their performances now. With
some turnover, new and returning players alike have need to improve their
play to help the Eagles start well in the Gold... Read More
The USA Selects defeated Seattle-OPSB 17-0 in a 40-minute scrimmage Monday
at Magnuson Park in Seattle.
(Note, we missed a conversion earlier, this article has been updated to
reflect a little more detail)
The Selects scored two tries and added a penalty. But more important than
that, they corralled a strong OPSB team that included several... Read More
Much has changed for the USA Selects backs as they train in Seattle for the
Americas Rugby Championship.
With fewer experiments in the backline, and a new influx of talent, the
attack looks a little more cohesive.
This despite some last-minute changes, chief of
these being the coach. Brett Taylor could not make the trip, and was
replaced at short notice by former Australia 7s... Read More
As the forwards for the USA Selects bound together to drive a maul during a
lineout drill, new forwards coach Justin Fitzpatrick bellowed
Keep in line. Drive straight. Keep going. Hard. Fight. Keep
It was a combination of technique and emotional training bursting forth in
colorful language from the former Irish international. And it all carried a
message... Read More
The USA Selects team has arrived in Seattle, and will run a series of
two-a-days, culminating in a short scrimmage with the Seattle-OPSB team on
All the players have reported and after med
check went through fitness testing on Saturday morning.
With significant time constraints before they take the field Friday evening
against the Argentina Jaguars, the USA... Read More
Well it was supposed to be a learning experience, and it was.
The USA 7s team is left out as the
5th wheel in Saturday (Fiji time) action at the Fiji Water
Centennial International 7s. They finished 5th out of five
teams, and the top four play off for the cup.
The USA lost their opener 19-17 to Argentina, and that turned out to be the
big one, as, had they won that game, and... Read More
The Fiji Warriors beat the USA 27-10 in the last pool game of the Fiji
Water Centennial International 7s.
Three tries from Filipo Nakosi were easily enough to overcome tries from
Folau Niua and Zack Test.
This means the USA finished the day 1-3, and the Warriors 3-1. All other
teams in the pool finished 2-2, meaning the USA finished last out of the
five teams and, it appears,... Read More
The USA 7s team was undone by a rough first half against France at the Fiji
Water Centennial International 7s, dropping behind 26-0 and eventually
That dropped the USA team to 1-2 in pool play with the Fiji Warriors to
Brett Thompson and Ryan Matyas scored tries for the USA, both former
Arizona Wildcats. Folau Niua converted both.
So far in Suva:
USA 17... Read More
The USA men's 7s team improved to 1-1 at the Fiji Water Centennial
International 7s in Suva, Fiji with a 24-19 defeat of the Fiji
Nick Edwards scored two tries for the Eagles, and
Brett Thompson and Folau Niua scored one each. Niua, who is playing at 100%
health for the first time in a great while, also kicked two
Earlier on the day the USA was pipped... Read More