Scotland defeated England to win the final Sevens World Series tournament of the season, in London.
The United States finished 2nd at the Singapore 7s, putting in yet another consistently good, and at times spectacular performance.
The USA Men’s 7s team finished 4th in the Hong Kong 7s, putting together a string of impressive results that, sadly, ended a little early as they were defeated by South Africa and Australia at the end of the tournament.
Day Two out of five competition days covering nine days on the calendar isn't easy for any international 7s team, and the USA did pretty well, considering.
The Eagles ended up 1-2 in Vancouver on Sunday, winning that crucial quarterfinal game to make the semis, but losing the next two to finish fourth.
The USA Men are in the semifinals of the USA 7s in Las Vegas after a resurgent performance by on Maka Unufe.
It is generally recognized that black men have been playing rugby since as early as 1900, when James Peters played for the Knowle Rugby Club in England. That is a long time ago. Speed up to present day, even a casual viewer would recognize that the top tier teams have all featured black athletes in their starting 15. On the flipside, USA lags woefully behind.
The question is why?
The USA and France tied 21-21 in the opening game for both teams in the Wellington 7s.
The Eagles can points to a couple of key missed tackles, and two restarts that didn't go ten meters for their inability to win the game, but they also got some special plays that brought them back into it.
USA Men's 7s Head Coach Mike Friday has picked his squad to play in the Wellington 7s Jan 27-28 and the Sydney 7s a week later.
The USA Men’s 7s team finished 9th in Dubai and tied for 7th in Cape Town, winning six and losing five over the course of the two tournaments, but was that all they could do?
Instead of giving you a blow-by-blow account (it’s all on video anyway), I thought I’d give you some observations on where this team is after those first two tournaments, and what I saw.
CHULA VISTA, Calif.(USA Rugby Release plus additional GRR copy) – Four athletes could make their debut on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series at Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens or HBSC Cape Town Sevens as part of the 13-player travel squad named by USA Men's 7s Head Coach Mike Friday.
With Carlin Isles running track, the USA Men's 7s team has asked Perry Baker to put in a full 14 minutes on the wing; the result so far has been wins over France and England, and four tries.
Baker notched his second double Saturday at the Canada 7s in Vancouver, BC as the Eagles edged England 17-12.