Having reached eight consecutive Cup Quarterfinals and 12 in the last 13 tournaments, Team USA is now expected to be a contender every time out. But, since claiming their first-ever tournament title in London last year, the Eagles haven’t reached a final this season. In six competitions they’ve been bounced in the quarterfinals four times and the semifinals twice.
The pieces are in place for the... Read More
Mike Friday has made a last-minute change to his lineup for Hong Kong, calling on Nate Ebner in place of Carlin Isles. Isles was originally listed on the 12-man squad and made the trip, while Ebner participated in the first day of Hong Kong 10s with invitational side Samurai. Presumably, Isles is out with injury, but that hasn't been confirmed.
The switch marks Ebner's debutant appearance on the... Read More
Nate Ebner made his return to competitive rugby overnight at the Hong Kong 10s. He booted up for international touring side Samurai, formerly coached by USA head 7s coach Mike Friday, helping the favorites to a 2-0-1 pool record.
He started against the Hong Kong Football Club in his team’s tournament opener. Samurai saw very little possession in the first half, but Ebner put in several tackles,... Read More
For Atlanta, new head coach Richie Walker has made five changes to the Women's 7s Eagles from predocessor Julie McCoy's squad in Sao Paolo. The most glaring omission is of Kelly Griffin, who captained the squad under McCoy. The captaincy has been shifted to Jillion Potter.
"We have some real good experience," Walker said. "We have some good speed and we have some good power. To have Jillion... Read More
Zack Test, Maka Unufe and Carlin Isles are back. Test and Unufe missed the Vancouver tournament due to injury, and Isles for a track competition. In their absence, the Eagles still managed to reach the Cup semifinals.
The only other change to the team is the inclusion of Peter Tiberio, who is making his first circuit appearance since coach Mike Friday's first tournament with the USA in 2014.... Read More
The high performance camp leading into the Asian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Hong Kong and Singapore concludes Monday, and several Eagles are back on the field following an injury. Some are still on the shelf, but all are trying to get back for the Olympics.
Even Kevin Swiryn and Brett Thompson, both of whom suffered torn ACLs in January, and Nic Edwards, who broke his leg during the... Read More
Former Team USA assistant coach Richie Walker has supplanted Julie McCoy as the Eagles' head coach. McCoy was ousted Monday, and Walker was announced as her replacement Tuesday.
Walker, formerly of the San Diego Surfers and Old Aztecs, as well as an Atavus coach, was brought into the National Team by Ric Suggitt during the 2012/2013 season. When Suggitt was pushed out in September, he worked... Read More
USA Rugby and the United States Olympic Committee have removed Julie McCoy from her role as Team USA women’s 7s head coach. Assistant coach Chris Ryan is also out. That leaves the Eagles with no coach less than five months before opening kickoff in Rio.
McCoy was removed from the team after her Falcons bowed out of the Las Vegas Invitational with a 24-5 loss to France in the semifinal. She was... Read More
Former age-grade and Ohio State standout Nate Ebner is making his return to rugby. The New England Patriot recently re-upped with the Pats, who will allow him to pursue selection for Team USA at the Rio Olympics. He has been granted a leave of absence and is set to being training with the Eagles at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
"First and foremost, I want to thank the... Read More
The United States finished sixth at the inaugural Vancouver 7s, falling 31-19 to Samoa in the Plate Final. After an electric but sapping overtime Cup Quarterfinal loss to Fiji, the Eagles mustered a dominant 38-12 win over Wales in the Plate semi before running out of gas against Samoa.
The result further entrenches the Eagles in fifth place and sees them create some separation between themselves... Read More