GRR: Sevens World Series
Player welfare is a big part of the new LA 7s at Dignity Health Sports Park, and several changes are going to make the event more popular with the players as a whole.
1. The field is grass and full width, something the USA stop on the Sevens World Series hasn’t had since 2009.
USA Men's 7s team Head Coach Mike Friday says to expect a few more growing pains as he folds in newer players and players who have had time off.
In a long interview with Goff Rugby Report Editor Alex Goff, Friday acknowledged that the USA's results have not been up where he and the players expect.
The venue hosting the LA 7s February 29-March 1 has undergone some major upgrades in the last few years, making Dignity Health Sports Park—slated to be the rugby venue for the 2028 Olympics—something of a newly-burnished jewel on the rugby landscape.
World Rugby is calling it a dawn of a new era for rugby sevens; really what it is is a reset, but it's still an important reset.
After trying to run Men's and Women's HSBC Sevens World Series events separately (with some exceptions), the events will be largely combined this season.
Alex and Bruce talk about what aspects of the rugby world they are thankful for, and look at tactical and skill improvements in the USA women's 7s team, and look at pathway decisions in the USA men's 7s team.
And they also talk about sushi. Why? Listen and find out.