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USA Men to England For Tourney With Ireland, Great Britain

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USA Men to England For Tourney With Ireland, Great Britain

Carlin Isles returns to the lineup. Stephen Tomasin is there, too. David Barpal photo.

The USA Men's 7s team is set to play in the International Rugby Sevens May 15-18 in St. George’s Park in England. 

Head Coach Mike Friday has picked 14 players to be led by captain Madison Hughes. The event will be held behind closed doors with all matches streamed on England Rugby’s Facebook Page. Carlin Isles, who hadn't been seen on the USA squad for a while, is back in the lineup, and Friday has once again decided to mix up his squad with young players, and players hoping to break into the Olympic squad with veterans, while also saving some other veterans for later dates.

Held just months before the Tokyo Olympics, the International 7s marks another step in preparation before the squad departs for Japan. Following this event, the USA Men’s Sevens will have one more competitive training to be held in Los Angeles from June 25-26. Details for LA will be announced in the coming weeks. 

“As a group we look forward to competing in the UK against quality international opposition in Team GB and Ireland," said USA Head Coach Mike Friday. "This gives us another opportunity to play while dealing with the same distractions we’ll have in Tokyo with overseas logistics and protocols. Overall, this event will give us a good indication of how we are tracking both physically and from a rugby perspective.  It will no doubt highlight areas where we need to adapt and also give us affirmation as we enter the home stretch in our preparation for the Olympics.”

USA Men’s Sevens Roster
Player Name (HS team, College team) Position
Maceo Brown, (Tempe, Grand Canyon) Utility
Malacchi Esdale (Naples, UCF) Center / Wing
Naima Fuala'au (Peninsula Green, Life West) Halfback
Madison Hughes, Captain, (Wellington College UK, Dartmouth) Halfback
Martin Iosefo (Hilo, Montana) Center
Carlin Isles Wing
Matai Leuta (Monterrey JC) Forward
Joe Schroeder (Royal Irish) Forward
Faitala Talapusi (Pensinula Green, Life West) Halfback
Stephen Tomasin (OMBAC, SD State) Utility
Marcus Tupoula (Belmont Shore, Notre Dame College) Center/Wing
Anthony Welmers (Grandville, Davenport) Prop
Harley Wheeler (South Doyle, Life U.) Utility
Kevon Williams (NMHU) Halfback/Wing

 

USA Men’s Sevens Traveling Staff
Head Coach | Mike Friday
Assistant Coach | Phil Greening
Performance Analyst | Dave Gardner
Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Team Manager | Scott Novack

Men’s International Rugby Sevens Schedule
All times Eastern Time

Watch LIVE on England Rugby social channels 

Saturday, May 15
Ireland v GB – 5 AM 
Ireland v USA – 8 AM 
GB v USA – 11 AM 

Sunday, May 16
Ireland v USA – 5 AM 
GB v USA – 8 AM 
GB v Ireland – 11 AM

Monday 17 May
Ireland v USA – 5 AM 
GB v Ireland – 8 AM 
GB v USA – 11 AM