Perry Baker became the first two-time winner of World Rugby’s Men’s Sevens Player of the Year Award when his name was called at World Rugby’s annual awards ceremony in Monaco Sunday. He was selected over fellow finalists Ben O’Donnell of Australia and Fiji’s Jerry Tuwai
Baker was the first American to ever receive the award in 2017, having led the 2016/2017 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in tries... Read More
Head coach Chris Brown has made two changes from the silver-medal finish in Glendale for the second tournament of the season in Dubai next week. The Eagles are paired with Australia, England and China in Pool B.
Veteran Joanne Fa’avesi and World Series debutant Ashlee Byrge replace Lauren Thunen and Tia Blythe, who helped the Eagles finish second in Colorado. Fa’avesi last appeared for the Eagles... Read More
Olympic qualification opens for the USA men next week in Dubai, with the Eagles drawing New Zealand, Spain and Wales in Pool C. Head coach Mike Friday has named 14 players who will travel to Dubai without delineating which 12 will be on the active roster to start the tournament.
The usual suspects are mostly all there. Regular starters Danny Barrett, Steven Tomasin, Ben Pinkelman, Madison Hughes... Read More
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Las Vegas Invitational has sweetened the pot for the champion of its men’s elite division, offering a $25,000 purse, with the champion taking home $20,000 and the runner up claiming $5,000.
The LVI, held in conjunction with the USA Sevens, one of 10 stops on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, boasts more than 270 teams annually across 20 divisions. The... Read More
The Chris Brown era began with a bang over the weekend, as his Eagles won silver in the season opener in Glendale, Colo. The feat sets the team up with an unexpectedly good start to Olympic qualification.
It comes as a surprise because it was the team’s first-ever tournament under the rookie head coach. Brown took over for the jettisoned Richie Walker this summer, and while he has a track record... Read More
Reigning World Rugby 7s Player of the Year Perry Baker is a finalist for the same accolade this year, World Rugby announced Monday. The annual award ceremony takes place Nov. 25 at Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo.
Joining Baker as nominees are Fiji's Jerry Tuwai and Australia's Ben O'Donnell. Last year, Baker had a pretty big stat to back up his nomination, having led the world in tries. This... Read More
There are some remarkable similarities between the takeover of the women’s 7s team Chris Brown is currently undergoing and that which he and Mike Friday conducted with the men’s program back in 2014.
Both teams are wildly talented. Friday inherited Danny Barrett, Folau Niua, Madison Hughes, Maka Unufe and Carlin Isles, among others. All of them have been indispensable cogs in the program for five... Read More
Team USA bagged its first win at the Youth Olympics with a 24-14 win over Samoa Monday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The win sees the Americans finish fifth with a 1-3-2 record.
They opened with a 38-0 loss to France and a 24-24 tie against Samoa on Saturday. Sunday, a close loss to South Africa, 19-12, was followed by a 17-17 draw with Japan. Monday, the Americans fell to Argentina, 22-14, in the... Read More
The interim portion of Chris Brown's job title has been removed, as expected. The former men's assistant has spent about six weeks as the interim head coach after the ousting of Richie Walker. Ahead of the season opener in Glendale, Colo. this weekend, USA Rugby cast a vote of confidence in the man who helped turn the men's program into a contender.
"I'm excited to maximize the transfer of what I... Read More
Team USA kicks off its Youth Olympic Games campaign Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The six-team rugby portion of the competition runs Saturday through Monday with a full round-robin.
After two pool games Saturday and Sunday and the final group match Monday, there will be a single round of knockout matches. The top two teams after the group stage will face off for gold, third- and fourth-... Read More