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 came back from an ominous start to beat New Zealand 24-19 and advance to a fifth-consecutive gold-medal match. The Eagles overcame a 14-point deficit with a 19-point run on either side of halftime and a walk-off try by Carlin Isles at the death.
New Zealand scored 20 seconds into the match when Sione Molia skinned Matai Leuta, starting in place of the injured Danny Barrett, on the edge.... 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
Team USA opened its title defense with a 26-10 defeat of Kenya Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. The Eagles never trailed, and posterboy Carlin Isles secured a brace in the opening half to secure the lead.
Kenya spent the first minute in attack. The Eagles won the first kickoff, but an errant pass from Folau Niua gave Kenya possession in the American end. After a darting run just... Read More
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
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
Just one change will be made to the roster from the USA's silver-medal winning side in both Sydney and Hamilton. Marcus Tupuola is in and Ben Broselle is the 13th man and injury cover, replacing Anthony Welmers and Pat Blair, who covered the same roles the last leg of the World Series.
The rest of the team, sans Maka Unufe and Perry Baker, is back. Unufe remains unavailable, and Baker is... Read More