Anniversaries have a way of sending us on a road trip to the past. As I prepare to board my flight to the 10th USA Sevens, I’m taking both lanes.
A handful of months post-graduation, I was trying to string together enough work to credibly call myself a freelance sportswriter when I convinced my mom that if she would let me borrow a couple of hundred bucks to fly to a rugby tournament in Las Vegas... Read More
The New England Patriots named former Eagle Nate Ebner the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award Thursday. The honor is bestowed annually upon an inspirational player from each team who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship. He and the other 31 recipients will receive their award at a ceremony in March in Baltimore, where the namesake of the trophy worked as an athletic... Read More
They all have it. Like a class openside flanker launches a shoulder into a meaty hip, grappling the ball carrier to the ground only to spring up instantly, readying for another go with no regard for oxygen supply, trailblazers, pioneers and people compelled to do what no one has before, are driven by a supernatural tenacity.
Phil Knight struggled to secure loans and flirted with going out of... Read More
USA’s remarkable run to the HSBC USA 7s tournament title was stopped short as New Zealand stretched its unbeaten streak to 33 games with a 33-7 victory in the cup final at Infinity Park in Glendale. The Black Ferns’ Portia Woodman scored a hat trick in the test and their support play was unmatched all tournament long.
“[We] were playing against the best team by a long way,” USA head coach Chris... Read More
The dramatic Sunday at the HSBC USA 7s continued for the Eagles as they came from behind on the last play to beat France, 21-19, in the cup semifinals. The victory sets up a pool play rematch against New Zealand in the cup final at 5:30 m MT.
France scored as the hooter sounded giving the USA one last attempt to claim victory. All of Team USA worked together across the field that ended in the... Read More
After dropping its first match of the HSBC USA Women’s 7s in Glendale, Colo., the USA rebounded to beat China, 24-21. Following a 7-7 first half, reserve Ilona Maher made her presence known scoring back-to-back tries to open up a 17-7 lead. China bounced back with a try, but Alev Kelter’s try after returning from the sin bin sealed the match for the Eagles.
“After the first game against England,... Read More
A summer full of competition culminates this weekend as the 2018 USA Rugby Emirate Airline Club 7s National Championship descends upon Columbia University in New York City, N.Y. From the nearly 70 men’s teams at the start of the summer, 16 teams qualified for Nationals in the 29 regional tournaments. There is a lot of turnover from last year as only nine clubs return to the postseason from 2016.... Read More
The journey to a Rugby World Cup 7s championship was stopped short for the USA as England won 24-19 in overtime in the quarterfinals. The Eagles came back from a 19-7 deficit to tie the game before going to overtime. At the start of extra time, the Roses stole the kickoff and captain Tom Mitchell sent a deadly cross-field kick to Phil Burgess for the game-winning try. The USA will now play... Read More
It’s been two months since the USA lost to New Zealand in the cup semifinal in Langford, British Columbia and the Eagles have been itching for some payback ever since. On Saturday on the biggest stage of the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco, Calif., the USA got its shot at redemption and unfortunately failed to advance to the final with a 26-21 loss to the Black Ferns.
After New Zealand took... Read More
In the final match of day one of the Rugby World Cup 7s, the USA made its presence known with a 35-0 shutout of Wales. At AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., the Eagles started a little slow and sluggish but got into a groove with tries from Martin Iosefo, Perry Baker (2), Danny Barrett, and Carlin Isles. The victory sets the Eagles up with a date against England in the championship... Read More