Mike Friday’s squad fell just a few minutes short of returning to the London 7s cup final Sunday at Twickenham, losing 24-17 to Scotland. The Eagles led 17-7 midway through the second half, but a flurry of Scottish tries pulled the plug on American cup hopes. Team USA will now face Fiji, who is likely to be in the Eagles’ pool at the Olympics, in the consolation match.
Scotland controlled... Read More
Perry Baker’s four tries and a perfect six-for-six conversions from Madison Hughes saw the Eagles beat New Zealand 42-14 in the cup quarterfinals of London 7s Sunday. The win is the USA’s fourth over New Zealand ever, with the other three all coming earlier in the season. It’s also the Eagles’ largest margin of victory over the All Blacks.
Awaiting the USA in the semifinals is Scotland at 10:10 a... Read More
Team USA went 1-1-1 on day one in London, beating Samoa 12-5 to start the day, then falling 14-10 to South Africa and tying Canada 12-12. The results were good enough to finish second in Pool A. The Eagles ended the group stage tied in points with Canada, but a superior point differential sees them through to the Cup quarterfinals for an eighth time this season. They're set to face New Zealand at... Read More
Three teams will be representing the United States this weekend in Europe, as the men’s Eagles cap off the HSBC Sevens World Series in London, the men’s Falcons play in Howard Hinton 7s in Paris and their female counterparts play in the London Invitational. For the men, this is the last weekend for international competition before the Olympic squad is picked. For the women, it’s the penultimate... Read More
It’s not time to hit the panic button, but Team USA is ailing, evidenced by back-to-back bowl quarterfinal appearances in Singapore and Paris. Last season ended on a sublime note – the Eagles won their first-ever World Series tournament in the London finale, and they beat Canada emphatically in the North American championship match to qualify for the Olympics. But this season, recapturing that... Read More
Mike Friday has named his squad for the upcoming Paris stop on the HSBC Sevens World Series May 13-15, and there are some changes. Pinkelman and Palamo come back, and Ebner earns his first outright selection.
The New England Patriot did play on the Asian leg, but he was last-minute injury cover for Carlin Isles, who still is not with the team. This marks the first time Friday appointed to a 12-... Read More
Longstanding USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville is leaving the United States to become the director of professional rugby for the Rugby Football Union, English rugby's governing body. Melville was already stepping down as CEO of USA Rugby to take on the same role with Rugby International Marketing, the governing body's new for-profit arm. Now, he will be out of American rugby altogether in any formal... Read More
The Rio Games are now less than 100 days away, and companies looking to ride the craze created by the Olympics are snapping up athletes to sponsor or partner with. Already, several Team USA rugby players are endorsing products or companies. Madison Hughes and Kristen Thomas are with Penn Mutual, Carlin Isles is with Red Bull, Nike, etc.
But maybe the most high-profile pickup in the rugby space... Read More
The USA’s Cup quarterfinal streak came to an end at nine-in-a-row Saturday in Singapore, as the Eagles lost a must-win tilt against New Zealand, 19-12, to finish pool play. Thanks to some French upsets, both sides entered the game 1-1, with the winner moving to the top eight and the loser being relegated to the Bowl.
There was some tough luck for Team USA in the second half, but luck didn’t play... Read More