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With Canada 7’s (the fourth of six stops on the Women’s Sevens World Series) less than three weeks away, the Eagles are continuing in their pursuit to finish top four in the series and subsequently qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Upon their return to Chula Vista from a relatively successful second place finish in the Atlanta 7s, Team USA was back to the business of preparation for the next endeavor. Coach Ric Suggitt and staff brought in eight camp participants to take part in a week long training Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27.
As it has been all season, the focus was on execution of the basics, conditioning, and patterns of play. USA 7s Assistant Coach Richie Walker shared his thoughts on the week. “I thought that this was one of the best camps we have had in the way of overall quality of the talent. There was not a tremendous drop off between our campers and our residents and that enabled us to progress more quickly through the things we set out to accomplish. It also gave us a higher level of competition which then made selections for Canada much more difficult.”
The Eagles will compete in Pool C, facing tournament host Canada along with South Africa and Russia in Canada 7s in Langford, British Columbia April 18-19. After a strong second place finish in the Atlanta 7s, the US is ranked fifth in the 2015 WSWS standings, only two points shy of fourth place.
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