Team USA has been hit by the injury bug and is down to only nine players for the remainder of the tournament. Cian Barry, Austin Taefu, and Tyler Sousley are not expected to return to play. Despite these challenges, the Americans put up an extremely impressive performance against France, who has looked strong throughout the entirety of the Youth Olympic Games. In a back-and-forth battle, France... Read More
The USA Girls suffered a 29-7 defeat to China during pool-play; however, it was one of their stronger performances thus far. The Chinese girls have been living together in Nanjing for the past year. They go to school for two hours a day, and train together for the remainder of their time. Overall, China is a very seasoned side, and the USA Girls played them hard.
The United States started off... Read More
The United States Boys took on Japan in their first match of Day 2 at the Youth Olympics, ultimately falling by a score of 22-10. Japan took an early 7-0 lead, capitalizing on a scrum gained from an American knock on. Minutes later, the United States were pinged for not releasing, and Japan took advantage. The Japanese ran an illusive switch on the penalty tap and scored under the posts to take a... Read More
The United States opened their second day at the Youth Olympics with a disappointing 38-0 loss to Australia. Australia ran in try after try and possessed the ball for the vast majority of the match. Consistent dropped balls and lack of ball retention in contact destroyed the American attack. The first three tries Australia scored were all direct results of American turnovers (losing the ball in... Read More
Fiji has easily looked like the strongest boys team present at the Youth Olympic Games, and the United States fought extremely hard in their second game of day one, despite falling 29-10 to the island nation.
Fiji scored a quick try right after the opening kickoff, however, the United States quickly responded off a penalty about ten meters from the try line. Vili Helu tapped and ran, giving an... Read More
The format for Rugby 7s at the Youth Olympic Games is official and is favorable to the United States. While this format is different from the typical Cup, Plate, Bowl, Shield format seen on the HSBC Sevens World Series, it still offers an element of excitement as a team can finish 2-3 in pool play, yet still come away with a Gold Medal with a 2-0 performance in the playoff rounds.
The competition... Read More
The matchups and schedule for the Youth Olympics are official. Team USA will begin their quest for a Gold Medal during pool play from August 17th-August 19th. During the evening of August 19th playoff rounds begin, with the Medal Matches being held on Sunday.
Below are the pool-play schedules for both the Boys and Girls USA 7s Teams.
The Pools for the Youth Olympic Games are official. The USA Boy's face the daunting task of competing against Senior Men's 7s powerhouse, Fiji.
The Girl's will have the opportunity to face off against our Canadien rivals as well as the host country, China.
With the inclusion of Rugby 7s in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 2014 Youth Summer Olympics in Nanjing, China will feature the sport as well. The United States will be sending twelve boys and twelve girls to represent the Stars and Stripes.
With USA 7s Coach Richie Walker coaching the girls, England Rugby 7s legend Ben Gollings leading the boys, and Salty Thompson... Read More