Mike Friday picked a team to win Gold. He didn’t pick a safe team. He didn’t pick a team that he knew would acquit itself well but probably didn’t have the firepower to take down Fiji or New Zealand in the knockout rounds. He is swinging for the fences.
To be fair, there’s not much difference between what would have been considered a safe team and the one he picked. A number of guys would... Read More
Two years ago, to the day, from Mike Friday being announced as head coach of the USA’s men’s 7s team, the 12-man squad that would represent America in the Rio Olympics was announced. The selections were made at the end of a four-week camp, but for Friday and his staff, the process was two years in the making. For many of the players, it was much, much longer.
“It was brutal,” said Friday of... Read More
One of rugby's biggest story lines of the last year was the game's 15s superstars giving 7s a go ahead of the Olympics. So far, that experiment has borne little fruit. South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have all named their squads for Rio, and only one 15s star, Sonny Bill Williams, has made the cut.
Missing out on Olympic selection were New Zealand's Liam Messam, South Africa's Bryan... Read More
Years of hard work and sacrifice culminate for more than 20 athletes this week, as final selections for Mike Friday’s Team USA draw near. They’ve been in camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. for a month, and this week the competition has ramped up to include more live game play.
“This week we’re starting to see the results of what they’ve been putting in,” said Friday. “... Read More
The Olympic rugby schedules have been announced. The women’s competition kicks off Saturday Aug. 6 and wraps up with the medal games Monday Aug. 8. The men’s competition commences the following day, and their medal rounds are set for Thursday Aug. 11.
With the unveiling of the schedules comes the reveal of some previously unknown tidbits. For example, teams who don’t reach the quarterfinals still... Read More
The Rio Olympics begin in eight weeks. Between now and then, a pool of 30 or so players has to be whittled down to 12, and that process begins Monday June 20th, with the start of the Rio camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
While a handful of guys are currently assembled with the 15s team ahead of tests the next two weekends with Italy and Russia (Nate Augspurger, Andrew... Read More
NBC Sports Network's one-hour special, "Rugby Rising", which aired Saturday and Sunday afternoon prior to the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, is being followed up with more mainstream coverage, as Showtime's "60 Minutes Sports" will feature Team USA tonight at 9pm ET.
The Emmy-winning news magazine was on hand at the USA Sevens in March, with "Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan doing the... Read More
With the HSBC Sevens World Series done and dusted, only one hurdle remains before the Olympic pools are settled – the final qualification tournament June 18-19 in Monte Carlo. However, we know the top two seeds of each men’s pools already, and we know what the groups will be given different potential outcomes in Monte Carlo. The women’s pools are still much more convoluted.
The pool seeds are... Read More
Team USA capped off its finest season yet with a third-place finish at London 7s, beating Fiji 26-19 at Twickenham Sunday. The win was exorcised some of the season’s demons, as the Eagles lost all four previous meetings this Series, two of them late in tournaments by a small margin. This time, they made the plays down the stretch to secure the win.
The result sees the USA finish sixth in the... Read More
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