Penn Mutual announced this week the sponsorship of Team USA standouts Madison Hughes and Kristen Thomas. The rugby-invested life insurance company has put its clout behind many rugby ventures in recent years, namely the Collegiate Rugby Championship and Varsity Cup, of which it is the title sponsor. The Pennsylvania-based company also sponsors the National Small College Rugby Organization. But... Read More
Chris Wyles announced his retirement from international 15s Tuesday, saying he wants to turn his focus to his professional club Saracens and making the USA's 7s team for the Rio Olympics. Wyles finishes his 15s career as captain, having amassed 54 caps and 16 tries. He's the second-most-capped USA back of all time behind Mike Petri.
After finishing last season with the Saracens, Wyles signaled... Read More
Mike Friday has chosen to take a 13-man traveling squad to the next two stops of the 7s World Series in Wellington, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. It's the second time he's chosen to take 13 on tour this season, perhaps prepping for the Olympics, which will allow for an injury replacement on top of the 12-man roster. Mike Te'o traveled with the Eagles to Dubai and Cape Town but was not... Read More
The USA Falcons went 2-4 and finished fourth at the Mar del Plata, Argentina stretch of the two-tournament Americas 7s over the weekend. The Falcons went 1-2 in Saturday's pool play, beating Brazil and losing to Chile and Argentina. On day two they beat Uruguay in the Cup Quarterfinals, lost to Argentina in the semis and dropped a second match to Chile in the consolation final.
It was a mixed... Read More
Mike Friday has called on 20 players for his high performance camp ahead of the Wellington and Sydney leg of the 7s World Series. 18 Olympic Training Center residents and two non-residents will convene at the OTC Jan. 11-16 in Chula Vista, Calif.
Newly minted OTC residents Thretton Palamo, Kevin Swiryn and Peter Tiberio are among the 20 competing for selection, as are Colorado State’s Ben... Read More
Thretton Palamo, Kevin Swiryn and Peter Tiberio have made the move to Chula Vista, Calif. to train full-time at the Olympic Training Center. It's unclear if they are just additions to the rest of the athletes already contracted in Chula Vista, or if they are replacing some whose contracts have expired. In the past, this has been the time of year when contracts were up for renewal, or not.
Swiryn... Read More
USA Rugby will send a 7s side on a South American tour for the second year in a row in the coming weeks. Eagle hopefuls will play in Mar del Plata, Argentina Jan. 9-10 and Vina del Mar, Chile Jan. 16-17.
The team for the first tournament, and presumably the same for the second tournament, includes two capped Eagles, Mike Te’o and Aladdin Schirmer, and several up-and-comers. Most of them played... Read More
Thretton Palamo will make his second appearance in three tournaments for Mike Friday's 7s Eagles this weekend in Cape Town. He comes in for Nate Augspurger, who flew back to the United States after Dubai for his brother's wedding.
Palamo joins the team from his post with the London Welsh, having played last weekend for the club instead of in Dubai for the 7s team. Not that the Welsh would have... Read More
The stars may be aligned for former U20 and Ohio State star Nate Ebner to finish his season with the New England Patriots and make a push for the Rio Olympics. Ebner is currently a valued member of New England's special teams unit, but in a previous life he was one helluva rugby player.
Any words linking Ebner to a rugby comeback are pure speculation, of course, and they should stay that way,... Read More
Mike Friday’s Eagles fell just short of the ultimate goal in Dubai, losing 24-19 to England in the Cup Semifinals. However, they ended on a resounding note, beating New Zealand for the second time on the weekend and in history to claim third-place.
To get there, they had to come back and beat South Africa in the quarterfinals. Perry Baker scored first a few minutes into the game. The Eagles and... Read More