The USA Falcons opened their two-tournament tour of South American with a 1-4 showing in Punta del Este, Uruguay. They were swept in pool play by Uruguay, France’s developmental side and Brazil, conceding four or more tries each time out while just scoring four of their own on day one. They then rebounded with a 31-26 win over Canada the following day, but fell flat in the final match, losing 21-... Read More
The Eagles got back to a dominating standard in the fifth-place semifinal against France, scoring five tries to two for a decisive 29-12 win. Up next is the fifth-place final against Fiji at 11:36 a.m. ET.
Danny Barrett drew first blood, perhaps literally as well as figuratively, not even 40 seconds in. He delivered two massive handoffs en route to the game’s first score, the first of which... Read More
Argentina put the brakes on the USA’s bid for the Cape Town 7s title Sunday, utilizing a strong defense and restart game en route to a 28-12 quarterfinal win. The Eagles were the best restart team in the world last season, but they’ve struggled mightily through two tournaments this go-around. They committed three restarts errors against the Argentines, limiting their attacking opportunities.
The... Read More
The Eagles made it two-in-a-row with a 31-14 defeat of Australia Saturday in Cape Town, with Carlin Isles adding three scores to go with the two he notched in the tournament opener against New Zealand. The win improves the USA to 2-0 in pool play, and barring an upset by Spain and a massive point differential shift, will see them take the top seed out of the group. If chalk holds in Pool C, the... Read More
Team USA bounced back from a winless effort in Dubai with a clean sheet and near perfect opening match in Cape Town, blanking New Zealand 22-0 to start pool play. The Eagles scored twice on each side of halftime, showcasing a suffocating defense and purposeful attack.
Folau Niua’s opening kick didn’t go 10 meters, giving New Zealand the first possession. Martin Iosefo won the ball back via a well... Read More
The 0-5 result for the Eagles in Dubai last week was the worst ever under Mike Friday. So in that sense, it was a historically bad tournament. But it’s certainly not unprecedented.
Before Friday, going winless through an entire tournament was practically an annual occurrence. Since the advent of full-time training contracts in 2011, the Eagles posted a winless tournament at least once a season... Read More
A new seeding system and format is in play for the upcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens set for San Francisco next July. It will see teams essentially jump straight into bracket play, shunning pool play altogether.
On the men’s side, there are 24 teams. 23 of them have been decided, with one team from Oceania and two from South America yet to be identified. For seeding purposes, the top 14 have been... Read More
A nightmare tournament was mercifully ended by Wales Saturday, as the Eagles lost a fifth-straight match, 31-21, to bow out of the Dubai 7s with their lowest point total of any tournament under head coach Mike Friday, who started his fourth season at the helm over the weekend.
Team USA Spotted Wales a three-try lead in the first half. The Dragons took the early advantage with a try. The second... Read More
The Eagles slipped to 0-4 in a tournament for the first time under Mike Friday, falling 10-5 to Canada in extra time Saturday in Dubai. The loss sends them to the 13th place semifinal at 4:38 a.m. ET.
Canada secured the first possession and managed to hold onto the ball for a full minute. The Eagles turned them over when Martin Iosefo tackled Justin Douglas into touch. Carlin Isles made a run up... Read More
Team USA was swept on day one in Dubai, falling 22-12 to New Zealand in the pool final. That loss was preceded by defeats at the hands of Samoa and Argentina in the tournament's pool of death. It marks the first time in Mike Friday's four seasons as head coach that the team as gone winless through pool play.
Sione Molia opened scoring in the third minute after catching an offload from Joey... Read More