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Having a good coach is key to success on the field. A good coach has knowledge of the game, a vision for the team and gets the players to buy into a game plan. As a two-sport athlete in college and now a professional rugby player, I have been on a lot of teams and played for a lot of coaches. The best coaches I’ve had were successful because... Read More
SYDNEY, AUS. - The Women's Eagles Sevens are bronze medalists at HSBC Sydney Sevens 2019. In the final match of the tournament, the United States showed powerful offensive movements to command possession and beat Ireland 26-10.
Having now concluded the third round of the season with their second medal, the USA women have reached No. 2 in the world rankings with three stops remaining to clinch... Read More
Four-straight finals has resulted in four-straight silver medals for the USA, as the Eagles fell 21-5 to the All Blacks in the Sydney title match. The Kiwi defense and physicality at the breakdown, coupled with a series of unforced American errors, prevented the Eagles from ever getting out of the gates.
The result is that the USA will remain atop the World Series standings, tied for first with... Read More
Team USA has made a historic fourth-straight final with a 14-7 win over England. The Eagles will face New Zealand, 36-14 winners over Fiji in the other semifinal, for the Sydney 7s title. Win or lose, Team USA will arrive on home soil in first place. A victory will set the Eagles alone atop the leader board. A loss will see them and Fiji remain deadlocked.
In the semifinal, the Eagles started... Read More
Team USA made it a clean sweep in Pool B, throttling Canada 34-14 in their final match of day one. The Eagles accounted for 75 points in their final two pool matches after an anemic 7-0 win over France to start the day. Up next is a quarterfinal bout with Spain at 9:22 p.m. ET Saturday.
In the pool finale, Carlin Isles and Kevon Williams scored hat tricks to push the Americans past their rivals... Read More
For the first time in team history, the 7s USWNT booked its third-straight trip to the semifinals Saturday, beating Russia 7-5 in the quarterfinal round in Sydney. That sets up a meeting with New Zealand at 4:34 p.m. CT Saturday.
The Eagles reached the top eight as the second-place team out of Pool C, sandwiching a loss to Spain with wins over China and Australia. Highlighting the effort was the... Read More
For the USA women, Sydney marks the end of a season. At least, that’s how head coach Chris Brown sees it. He’s split the six-top series into two seasons, as more than 70 days separate this week’s tournament and the next. He’ll give the players some time off between, and they’ll have another "preseason" before starting back up in Kitakyushu, Japan. The goal is to enter the next "season", read last... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news du jour in American and world rugby. This week, we talk about the 7s USMNT's third-straight silver medal performance in Hamilton, look ahead to Sydney for both the men and women, have quick glance at the USA's ARC opener... Read More
Fiji opened the floodgates on Team USA in the final of Hamilton 7s Sunday, thrashing its way to a 38-0 victory. Jerry Tuwai set up two tries and scored two more, leading Fiji from the front. Despite the loss, the Eagles leave Hamilton ranked first in the world.
In the final, the Eagles won the opening restart and caught the first break, when Fiji was pinged in the breakdown for not releasing.... Read More
For the third time in as many tournaments, Team USA has reached the gold medal match. Wins over Scotland and host New Zealand in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, see the Eagles face Fiji in the final of Hamilton 7s at 2:10 a.m. ET live on ESPN+.
This marks the second tournament in a row the USA and Fiji will meet in the final. Fiji beat the Eagles 29-15 in Cape Town last month. No... Read More