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USA Men 7s Can Secure 5th In London

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USA Men 7s Can Secure 5th In London

Madison Hughes is back. David Barpal photo.

The USA Men's 7s team is set to play in the London Sevens this weekend, and the task for the final two tournaments is pretty straightforward: do better than Argentina, Kenya, and England.

Head Coach Mike Friday welcomes captain Madison Hughes back to the squad after an injury that initially looked to threaten his ability to play in the Rugby World Cup 7s in July. So it's very good news to see Hughes back.

Also back from injury is Folau Niua, who missed Singapore due to a knock.

Perry Baker is still out injured, but Carlin Isles has had a strong series of performances in his stead, leading the Singapore 7s with eight tries. Baker and Maka Unufe are still out hurt.

"It's great to see Madison and Folau back from injury as both have been working hard to get ready for this tournament and excited to get back out there with the boys," said Friday. "Maka and Perry were not considered for selection and will continue to concentrate on preparing to compete for a spot at Rugby World Cup Sevens time."

The USA team for London and Paris is a big, powerful one with Ben Pinkelman enjoying his best season yet, Danny Barrett poised for another good showing in Europe, Brett Thompson, Malon Al-Jiboori, and Martin Iosefo all imposing figures. Along with Isles, Kevon Williams and Tala Talapusi showcase speed and elusiveness.

Now to the job at hand. The USA has England in its pool, and if the Eagles make the Cup Quarters and England doesn't, then it's unlikely England can catch the USA in the standings. Same goes for Kenya. The USA and Kenya have the same number of points in the World Series. So an ideal situation for the Eagles is that the USA and France get to the top eight.

At the same time, the Eagles will be hoping that Argentina falters. if all that happens, the Eagles could be in position to clinch 5th. 

Current standings:
1. Fiji (145 Points), 2. South Africa (141), 3. New Zealand (120), 4. Australia (108), 5. USA (93), 6. Kenya (93), 7. Argentina (92), 8. England (88)

"England are at home and will be exceptionally hard to beat in their element. Kenya have been a form team these last few months and are confident and hugely physical. France will be back to full strength and are a big physical team, as well," said Friday.

The tournament kicks off June 2.

MEN'S EAGLES SEVENS ROSTER | 2018 LONDON SEVENS

1.Carlin Isles

2.Ben Pinkelman

3.Danny Barrett

4.MataiLeuta

5.Brett Thompson

6.MalonAl-Jiboori

7.FolauNiua

8.Chris Mattina

9.Stephen Tomasin

10.Madison Hughes (C)

11.KevonWilliams

12.Martin Iosefo

13.Tala Talapusi