When Mike Friday arrived in 2014, he was told by the United States Olympic Committee’s people who analyze these sorts of things that his team had a 10-percent chance of qualifying for the Rio Olympics. Expectations for the women were more fluid – they were much closer, routinely finishing in the top six on the World Series, but coaching turnover and player unrest were key ingredients for... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. Three-time Super Bowl champion Nate Ebner comes on to talk about his life as a rugby man, life as an All-Pro special teamer going into his 8th season in the NFL, 10th anniversary of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, playing in the Olympics, keeping up with the 7s Eagles, Major League Rugby and a... Read More
Team USA claimed its second-consecutive USA Sevens title Saturday, blanking Samoa 27-0 in the final at Sam Boyd Stadium. The win sees the Eagles perched atop the World Series standings alone halfway through the season. With five tournaments left, they're five points clear of second-place New Zealand, who they beat in the semifinals. They're now 3-3 against the All Blacks on the season and 3-2 in... Read More
Team USA has booked a fifth-consecutive semifinal appearance in as many tournaments with a defeat of South Africa Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. The Eagles never trailed and were in top form, suffocating South Africa from the get-go.
The reward is a rematch with New Zealand. The Eagles and All Blacks have met in the knockout round of each tournament this season. Twice the USA has... Read More
For the USA’s men’s and women’s developmental 7s teams, the Las Vegas Invitational has provided the backdrop for the perfect weekend. They went a combined 12-0, claiming the titles of both the men’s and women’s elite divisions.
Though the end result was the same, the finals couldn’t have been more different. The women dominated Scion 36-0, while the men had to claw for a 21-17 comeback win over... Read More
A methodical 19-10 win over France Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium sees the USA to a seventh-consecutive quarterfinal. The win sees the Eagles take second in their pool. They’ll likely face the winner of England vs. outh Africa.
On the opening kickoff, Folau Niua tried to exploit the space directly in front of him, but the ball didn’t go 10 meters, giving France a midfield free kick. The American... Read More
Argentina’s converted try at the death with just six men on the field ended Team USA’s eight-game winning streak on home soil, as the Eagles fell 26-24 Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. They led by 12 at halftime and the entire match until full time.
The Eagles are now 1-1 in Pool B. In order to advance to a seventh-consecutive quarterfinal, they’ll need to beat France, also 1-1... Read More
Both the men's and women's USA Falcons have reached the finals of their respective divisions at the Las Vegas Invitational undefeated. The women outscored their opponents by a whopping 215-14, their closest match being a 28-7 win over the Stars to open the tournament. The men accumulated an aggregate score of 159-59, with a few tougher contests.
The women saw familiar foes in the semifinals, as... 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 the guys discuss the Six Nations, college results, give a refresher course on why Eagle matches are on Flo, discuss the USA's squeaker against Brazil and next bout with Uruguay.... Read More
LAS VEGAS, NV. - The USA Women's Falcons have named their 12-player roster for the annual Las Vegas Invitational (LVI) taking place Feb 28 - Mar 2 alongside the senior men's HSBC USA Sevens tournament.
Led by Women's Sevens Head Coach Chris Brown and Head of Physical Performance Matt Long, the roster will feature three players who have yet to debut for the national team in Jazmine Gray, Eti... Read More