I've looked into the crystal ball to see the future of our men's and women's Olympic programs, and it isn't pretty. The Men’s 7s Eagles are enjoying another fantastic year under head coach Mike Friday, which is why it might be difficult to look past the lipstick and see the warts. But they’re there, and if something’s not done to peek behind the mask of current success, a crash is imminent.
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Team USA opened and closed regulation time well in the semifinals Sunday in Hong Kong, but the middle bit is where things got away from the Eagles. They scored first, then conceded 24-straight points before mounting a comeback to force overtime, losing in the sudden death period, 29-24.
South Africa won the first possession of the game, but a big hit by Danny Barrett dislodged the ball and turned... Read More
A five-try, one-conversion performance saw Team USA beat England 27-7 and advance to a third-straight cup semifinal Sunday in Hong Kong. Awaiting the Eagles is South Africa, quarterfinal winners over New Zealand, at 3:53 a.m. ET.
England’s score came first via Tom Mitchell in the opening minute. But like in the 33-5 win over Argentina in pool play, the rest of the scoring was American, thanks to... Read More
The Eagles went perfect on Hong Kong’s second day, defeating Scotland 19-14 and Argentina 33-5. The wins catapult them to a 3-0, first-place finish in Pool D and sets up a cup quarterfinal against England at 11:42 p.m. ET.
In the opening match of the day against Scotland, it took three tries from Perry Baker to build a 19-0 lead and some timely defense to hold onto it.
The first one came in the... Read More
Team USA opened its account at Hong Kong 7s with a 14-7 defeat of Russia. It was a grinding game that saw the American defense shine, as Russia owned the bulk of possession.
It took four minutes for either team to get on the board, and it was Folau Niua who broke the seal. The USA patiently went through several phases against a stingy Russian defense when Niua threw a hard dummy and pierced the... Read More
Anthony Welmers and Mike Te'o have replaced Pat Blair and Walt Elder as the Eagles ready for the Hong Kong and Singapore stretch of the World Series. Blair and Elder, both forwards, played in Las Vegas and Vancouver, and Welmers will step in as a forward option, while Te'o gives head coach Mike Friday another halfback and some versatility.
Traveling with the team as injury cover is Malon Al-... Read More
The pre-Asia high performance 7s camp running Wednesday through Monday will see several invited athletes vie for a spot on Team USA for the upcoming World Series legs in Hong Kong and Singapore. Included in the mix is Washington linebacker Psalm Wooching, who announced to much fanfare earlier this year he intended to pursue rugby upon graduating instead of a career in professional football.
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Team USA fell 28-24 to Fiji in the bronze medal match Sunday at BC Place in Vancouver. The Eagles matched the reigning World Series and Olympic champions in tries, but fell two conversions short. The second-straight top-four finish sees the USA move to fifth in the world standings.
The USA's opening restart wasn't taken cleanly, and Fiji took it off the bounce. An immediate chip and chase... Read More
For the second week in a row, Team USA ran into the seemingly unbeatable South Africa in the semifinals. And for the second week in a row, the Blitzbokke held on to win in dramatic fashion. The Eagles have lost to first-place South Africa, winners of four-out-of-five tournaments, five times this season, with the average point differential being 7.6. On three occasions, the games were decided by... Read More
Head coach Mike Friday couldn't have scripted a better start to the Vancouver 7s Saturday, pounding Japan 52-0. Getting to play Japan in the first round is the payoff for finishing third last week in Las Vegas, and it will serve them well if point differential comes into play, as well as by letting the Eagles get their bearings in a low-pressure match.
Friday was able to empty his bench in the... Read More